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Tips to Repair a Windshield Scratch

Windshield ScratchTrying to remove a scratch from a windshield can be a real challenge, and everyone has a different home remedy. Below are three of the best tips for repairing a scratched windshield.

Before trying any of these tips, however, it’s important to ensure that the windshield is scratched, not cracked. If it’s cracked, there is no magic wax that will fix it. It will have to be treated by a professional.

 

Jeweler’s Rouge

One of the best ways to get rid of a windshield scratch is jeweler’s rouge. This compound is used to remove scratches from gems such as diamonds. Since it can polish scratches out of diamonds, it’s easy to imagine what it can do for scratches in a windshield. While it takes a bit more work to use jeweler’s rouge in this fashion, it’s the closest to perfect that a person can achieve short of replacing the entire windshield.

 

Paste Scratch Remover

Most automotive stores sell paste scratch removers for windshields. This is a polish that can get out minor scratches. However, this type of paste cannot remove deep scratches, and it takes a long time to polish any scratch out of a windshield using this method. When applying the paste, keep a sprayer with water on hand. When the glass starts to get too hot, give it a fine misting to cool it down. It’s also a good idea to place tape around the edges of the scratch to keep the polish from getting all over the rest of the windshield.

 

Windshield Resin

Another option is windshield repair resin. Before using this product, owners should clean their windshields thoroughly. The great thing about windshield repair resin is that it makes scratches nearly completely disappear. Unfortunately, resin also only lasts a few months because it just masks the scratch. This means that owners will have to re-apply the resin every few months to keep the scratch hidden.

Using the tips above, car owners can get most scratches out of a car windshield. While working on a scratch, it’s important for them to avoid dry sanding the windshield. This can be hazardous to not only their health but also the condition of the windshield. Wet sanding is a better option, and it prevents the windshield from getting too hot.

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