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How to Fix Scratches in Auto Glass

Darah Albesa
How to Fix Scratches in Auto Glass

How to Fix Scratches in Auto Glass

A scratched windshield can be bothersome, obstruct your view, and pose a safety hazard. With that in mind, you can fix tiny scratches in your car's windshield and windows at home before they grow into a bigger issue. 


Before considering taking your car in for an auto glass repair service, here's how to restore your auto glass to make them good as new. 


How to remove scratches off your car windows

Removing scratches from a car window requires the right supplies and careful attention. Here's what you need to prepare before you get started: 

  • water 
  • glass cleaner 
  • soft cloths 
  • small bowl 
  • spatula 


Clean the scratched area 

Remove any dirt and debris before repairing your vehicle's windows. You can clean your car windows with a soft cloth and glass cleaner.  


Prepare and use repair products 

While there are various products you can use to remove scratches off the auto glass, we recommend cerium oxide and whitening toothpaste. 


In a small bowl, combine the cerium oxide powder and water until they form a paste as thick as glue and fill the scratched area by buffing it. Apply the cerium oxide mixture to the cloth first and then to the scratch for optimal results. 


If you're using whitening toothpaste instead, place a tiny amount and rub it all over the affected area. You can begin to wipe it off with a damp cloth and see if there are any visible results. 


Clean the window 

After repairing your vehicle's window, it's time to bring out the glass cleaner and wipe off any of the repair product's residue. You can clean the rest of your car windows during this time. You should expect scratch-free windows by the end. 


How do you remove scratches from a windshield?

Removing scratches from a windshield requires effort and patience, but you can accomplish the task with the right tools and techniques. Here are some steps to follow: 


Clean the windshield 

Before attempting to remove scratches, clean the windshield thoroughly with a glass cleaner to remove any dirt or debris. 


Determine the depth of the scratch

You can remove light scratches off your windshield with simple DIY methods, while deeper scratches may require professional auto glass repair or replacement. 


Use whitening toothpaste 

Whitening toothpaste has baking soda which can help remove light scratches. Spread the toothpaste on the windshield scratch and use a microfibre cloth to rub it in a circular motion for several minutes. Wash it off with water and dry it with a clean cloth. Repeat the steps if needed. 


Try a glass polishing compound 

Glass polishing compound comes in handy to remove deeper scratches. Use a small amount of glass polishing compound on the affected area. Afterwards, buff the windshield in a circular movement with a microfibre cloth. Rinse off with water and dry the area with a soft towel. 


Use a windshield repair kit 

A windshield repair kit fills deep scratches with resin, which blends in with the surrounding glass. Before anything else, follow the instructions carefully. 


Seek help from the experts 

If the scratches are too extensive, you may need the help of a professional auto glass repair technician. They can fix the scratches or suggest a replacement for the windshield. 


After all these efforts, if the scratches remain visible, it's time to book professional auto glass repair and replacement to ensure your vehicle windows and windshield are in the best condition. These services usually handle everything you need, such as insurance claims and new parts. 

Darah Albesa
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