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Any solution for windshield scratches?

Discussion in 'Exteriors / Body' started by gurjinder, Oct 27, 2011.

  1. gurjinder

    gurjinder Staff Member Janitor

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    Our 2005 Palio D, due to wrong practices and faulty wiper blades over the years has developed a lot of scratches on the front windshield . Especially the area swept by the wipers.I've tried finding a solution to this problem, but the general consensus seems to indicate a replacement of the windshield. Since polishes etc don't seem to work on glass.What's your take on this matter? Has any TFIan addressed this issue on their FIATs or others.Cheers.
  2. Cinju

    Cinju Esperto

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    Gurjinder see if you can get in touch with Windshield Experts (http://www.windshieldexperts.com/). Heard that they have solutions for such issues. Even they have cheaper replacement options than OEM and quality is also good.
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  3. rsinfo

    rsinfo Regolare

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    The only solution is to grind the glass surface. Would work if the glass is only scratched lightly as overgrinding leads to a weak glass.
  4. Tron

    Tron Superiore

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    well gurujindar, same here aswell! My alto facing same problem. Im too confused that what exactly can i do for it, but the only option im seeing is new windscreen.
    Because those scratches on windscreen creates problem while driving in night, especially when it starts raining in night, driving in that condition is trouble! As those presents scratches dont let the wiper do their job exactly. Lights of on-coming traffic scatters due to scratches. Resulting unhappy driving ablity.
    Any help guys?
  5. anoop

    anoop Superiore

    @gurjinder - you can try grinding the glass if the scratches are light. If it have scratched deep, replace it.

    I have heard of glass polishing kits, but not sure of they are available here.

    If you decide to replace the windshield, you can try a l'll experiment - try cleaning the glass using a good chrome polish and steel wool (keep the steel wool wet and use extra fine steel wool). You may get lucky.
  6. gurjinder

    gurjinder Staff Member Janitor

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    Thanks guys for the super quick replies.

    Cinju i talked with WE and they say replacement is the only option.

    Tron, yes that's the reason why i want to remove the scratches. Since my dad drives the Palio mostly, at night he finds it uncmfortable due to the scratches.

    Anoop,rsinfo , can you elaborate the glass grinding? How is it done.
    I've tried Mothers Chrome Polish on it already, but to no avail. Anoop can we get #0000 steel wool in India? That'll be a great boost to detailing chrome.

    Cheers
  7. anoop

    anoop Superiore

    @gurjinder - a quick google search revealed that there are many #0000 steel wool manufacturers in India.

    Couple of them:
    http://metalcomposites.tradeindia.com/
    http://www.tradeindia.com/fp284052/Steel-Wool.html
    http://www.stewols.com/steelwool.htm (grade #000)
    http://wikimapia.org/769161/Steel-Wool-Manufacturer (not sure about the grades)

    Try contacting them - may be they will tell you where can you find #0000 steel wool.

    A sample video of how to grind the windshield glass:

    But the problem is, I am not sure we get the needed stuff here.

    Some more details : http://www.caswellplating.com/buffs/glass.htm
  8. gurjinder

    gurjinder Staff Member Janitor

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    :p lazy me. Thanks mate. Cant wait to do the Bullet's chrome firstly with the 0000 and Mothers polish.

    I'll research grinding the glass when the Palio goes for service in a week's time. Else, replacement is an option.
    Thanks.
  9. anoop

    anoop Superiore

    He he - maintenance of chrome is a pain, but is sure an eye candy on a bullet.
    I am more lazy that you - no chrome on my bullet - even the exhaust is not polished - it is dirty and rusty, but it adds to the army look ;)
  10. kr_vasudev

    kr_vasudev Superiore

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    My Palio 1.2 had some scratches due to wrong washing practice. I was advised to go in for buffing, the same thing they do for wrist-watch glass.

    See if that helps, Here in Bangalore people refer to visit Shivajinagar, behind the Russell market.

    If you have found an option to fix it, please post the experience. Better take a pic before and after the fix
    Last edited: Oct 27, 2011

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