How to Remove Scratches from your Windshield
It’s not a secret that a scratch on your windshield can make it hard to see while you’re driving. It’s crucial to have a clear visibility on the road to have a safe trip.
Scratches can appear at any time, but we can take some precautions to avoid them. In this article, we will share some tips to remove minor scratches from your windshield.
Here are some things to consider in order to determine if a scratch can be fixed:
The size. Scratches that cannot be covered by half a dollar or cracks more than 3 inches larger cannot be fixed.
Position. If it is located out of your line of vision, it can be repaired. It can’t be repaired if it is located or spread on the edge of your windshield.
Time. We recommend repairing the scratch as soon as you can.
What do you need to get started?
- Microfiber towel
- Glass repair kit (you can get it online or at any local store)
- Cerium Oxide rubbing compound
Steps to remove the scratch:
Start by washing your windshield with soap and water thoroughly to remove any dust or dirt.
Use your microfiber towel to dry your windshield before applying the Cerium Oxide rubbing compound.
Dispense the resin compound directly onto the crack starting from one end.
Look at the scratches from a 45-degree angle, you should see a dark area filled with the compound. If there are still air pockets in the scratch after 5-10 minutes, apply slight pressure from inside of the windshield on the sides and center of the windshield crack.
Touch up any small surface etches around the repair area.
Apply curing strips to the area.
Once you’ve finished applying the curing strips, move your car into direct sunlight to dry. You may also use ultraviolet light to let the compound cure. The compound needs about 5-10 minutes to dry completely.
Remove the resin strips. If the compound is still wet, reapply the strips and let the compound sit for longer. If the resin has completely dried, hold the razor blade at a 90-degree angle and scrape the hardened resin away.
Be careful, you don’t need to apply much pressure during this process. It is normal to see white flakes as you scrape away the excess compound.
Most minor scratches can be removed with the proper tools; deeper scratches have to be repaired by a glass specialist if possible. Remember, with Y & L Auto Glass you get 12-month warranties on all our products to ensure your peace of mind.