Rex Altree’s 4 Quick Tips for Removing Minor Scratches from Windshields

Road debris is an unavoidable part of driving. These pesky small particles can be kicked up by a large truck or blown into your car by the vehicle in front of you. No matter what circumstances lead these particles to your window, it is important to know how to handle it when they do.

Here are four simple tips on how to remove minor scratches from your windshield:

Act Fast. In the event that your windshield is damaged by road debris, it is imperative that you act as quickly as possible. A damaged window can give in at any time. While deep scratches and chips will likely need to be replaced, there are some instances where you may be able to handle them yourself. Light scratches may be able to be removed as long as you do not give them a chance to worsen.

Clean the window. Cleaning the windshield creates a clear line of sight between you and the scratch. Once the windshield is clean, you will want to see how deep the scratch is and determine whether or not you can remove it by yourself. If the scratch appears deeper than you thought it was or if you are unsure if you can repair it yourself, stop immediately and contact a trained professional like the staff of Rex Altree’s NewImage Auto Glass. They will be able to look at the damage and tell you whether or not the windshield needs to be replaced.

Apply a rubbing compound. There are actually two ways to do this. The simplest way is to use acrylic scratch remover to fill the scratches. The acrylic goes on as a liquid but will become hard and transparent as it dries. This allows you to conceal the scratches using a chemical compound.

As an alternative to this, you can also try to buff the scratches out of your windshield using a polish called cerium oxide. This polish is frequently used on ceramic, glass and metal surfaces because of its relatively low abrasiveness. If you choose to use this compound, take the powder and add enough water to give it the slurry consistency of school glue.

After you rub the mixture into the scratches, you can use a drill that has a firm rubber polishing wheel attached to gently buff the surface smooth. It may help to mark the opposite side of the glass with an erasable marker to use as a guide. This method takes some time and it is important to keep the mixture most.

Clean the window once again. Once the compound has dried, re-clean your window to ensure that the scratch is no longer visible. If this was done properly, you should be left with a smooth, scratch-free windshield. If the scratch is still visible, it is best advised to take your car to any of Rex Altree’s NewImage Auto Glass locations. With branches across the state of Arizona, there is bound to be one year you. One of the technicians there can take a look at your windshield and let you know what additional steps are needed to remove the scratches.

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