Woody SuperDork
March 21, 2010 10:25 p.m.

Has anybody had success removing deep scratches from a windshield? My Jeep has three bad ones where the driver's side wiper blade came off. I'd prefer to repair it, rather than replace the glass, though I imagine that a Jeep windshield is probably not too hard to replace.

I know that Eastwood sells a kit for deep scratches, but it's pretty pricey and includes a D/A sander.

ddavidv SuperDork
March 22, 2010 5:28 a.m.

I've dealt with dozens of scratched glass claims. The scratches NEVER come out. Anything your fingernail can catch on is permanent. Buy a new glass. Your comp insurance may actually pay for it.

Woody SuperDork
March 22, 2010 6:19 a.m.
ddavidv wrote: Buy a new glass. Your comp insurance may actually pay for it.

Not on an unregistered, uninsured Jeep they won't.

Soma007
Soma007 New Reader
March 22, 2010 7:24 a.m.

Yep, glass is hard stuff and polishing deep scratches out of it is not going to happen.

Some idiot at a local body shop put a bunch of very fine scratches in the corner of my nearly new windshield on my E46. After denying they were responsible they sent me to a glass shop where they tried their best to buff them out. End result? It looked exactly the same.

Jason

March 22, 2010 7:28 a.m.

i own a glass shop. i have a 2000$ tool that polishes glass.

it can remove basically any scratch.

its a PAIN to buff windshields though, i wont do it (unless i own the car)

zomby woof HalfDork
March 22, 2010 7:35 a.m.
ddavidv wrote: I've dealt with dozens of scratched glass claims. The scratches NEVER come out. Anything your fingernail can catch on is permanent. Buy a new glass. Your comp insurance may actually pay for it.

What if your fingernail doesn't catch on it, but you can see it?

My son had my truck for a few days, the passenger side wiper rubber ripped on the top, and he didn't notice. You can't see the scratch until it is clean.

mattmacklind SuperDork
March 22, 2010 9:09 a.m.

New windshields, installed, are pretty cheap on non-vintage or speacialty cars. They will even come to your house. Its worth the expense for not having the aggravation and wasting man hours on just the possibility of buffing out a scratch, plus investment in any equipment or materials. My Ramcharger needs a windshield. Found one for $100 used, then I checked on new and installed glass-$150. Guess which way I'm going.

Woody SuperDork
March 22, 2010 10:48 a.m.
redzcstandardhatch wrote: i own a glass shop. i have a 2000$ tool that polishes glass. it can remove basically any scratch. its a PAIN to buff windshields though, i wont do it (unless i own the car)

There's the kind of insight that I was looking for. Thanks. I'm going to swap it out.

You'll need to log in to post.

Also on Grassroots Motorsports

Win a Brand New 2016 Global Mazda MX-5 Cup Car

4 hours ago in News

$100 supports the LeMons of Love charity and gives you the chance to win a new race car.

Absolute Velocity

3 days ago in Articles

Jerry Hoffmann puts his tuning skills to the test with a 200 mph land speed Nissan 240SX.

2016 BMW X1

3 days ago in New Car Reviews

We recently got a chance to spend some time with the BMW X1 xDrive28i. This is the newest, smallest and ...

Win a Trip to the Bridgestone Winter Driving School

4 days ago in News

We're sending two people on an extremely fun and educational trip.

Come hang with us at the SCCA Runoffs

4 days ago in News

We'll be at Mid-Ohio this weekend. Will you?

Learn Suspension Setup From Your Couch

4 days ago in News

Want to learn about suspension setup from a pro?

Rotary Miata Auction Coming Soon!

6 days ago in Project Cars

You could own this very cool car. All proceeds go to a good cause.

From the GRM Vault: Love Bugs

6 days ago in Articles

The ultimate battle Beetles.

Reader's Ride of the Week: Not Your Grandma's Studebaker

1 week ago in News

This might be the fastest Studebaker Lark you've ever seen.

Off-Roadster

1 week ago in Articles

A Miata that can handle anything, including some sweet jumps.

Hang With Us and the Millionth MX-5 This Weekend

1 week ago in News

The millionth Mazda MX-5 is coming to Daytona Beach this Saturday.

Project Mustang Attacks SCCA Solo Nationals

1 week ago in Project Cars

We drove our autocross car 3000 miles in its round-trip to Solo Nationals.

OUR SPONSORS

Grassroots Motorsports Magazine

Subscribe Today

Also get your instant access to the digital edition of Grassroots Motorsports Magazine!

Learn More
rTmNUlqo8F0jrjWtp0eDybpnz6Hz9h9O