Is there anything more annoying than trying to clean your windshield, only to discover that what’s obstructing your view is actually a scratch, not a smudge? If you find a scratch in the glass of your windshield (or one of your windows), don’t panic; you may be able to fix the issue yourself without having to replace the whole window. Keep reading to learn some tips for fixing windshield scratches from U Wrench It, your source for used auto parts in Atlanta.
Evaluating the Scratch
The first thing you should do when you notice a windshield scratch is evaluate the depth. You can do this by running a fingernail over the scratch; if your nail gets snagged, the windshield may be too compromised to fix, and you’ll need to either replace the windshield or get a professional to fix it. If not, you can probably buff out the scratch yourself.
Repairing a Minor Windshield Scratch
- First, you’ll need to gather your materials. A standard auto glass repair kit is the best way to go, but you can also substitute other materials if needed, like a non-gel toothpaste with baking soda instead of rubbing compound.
- Next, prepare the surface. Clean your windshield with glass cleaner and dry thoroughly. Use painter’s tape to mask off the edges of the windshield so you don’t get anything on the car itself. Wear goggles, gloves, and a dust mask if the products you’re using call for them.
- Use a clean, soft cloth to apply rubbing compound to the area with the scratch. Mist with water, and use a microfiber cloth to gently rub the compound into the windshield.
- Use a buffing pad designed for glass to buff the scratches. Once you’re done, use a microfiber cloth to wipe any excess rubbing compound away. DO use long, broad strokes; DO NOT rub in a circular motion.
- Allow the rubbing compound to dry for at least 30 minutes, or as indicated on the packaging of the auto glass repair kid.
- Once the compound is dry, you can wash your windshield and dry it with a microfiber cloth to prevent any further scratches.
- Remember to keep an eye on the affected area and reapply the compound when needed. It will wear down over time, so repeat these steps and keep your windshield looking great.
Of course, if your windshield is scratched too badly for a DIY auto glass repair job, you may need to replace your windshield. Find the used auto parts you need for all of your DIY car maintenance at U Wrench It in Norcross.
You should also look at your car insurance policy to see if any windshield repairs are covered. Depending on your plan, you may be able to get the scratch repaired, or even the whole windshield replaced. Good luck, and happy driving!