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Old 06-19-2010, 09:07 PM
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Cerium Oxide on windshield

Hello
I finally decided to get the overspray off the inside of my windshield when it was in the bodyshop
I did not think it was going to be a big deal, but it was
I got most of it off, but wherever the overspray was, it has left a flat finish or almost a etched spot on the window
My car has to be ready by next wed and I do not know what to do. I have some Cerium Oxide that was given to me from a friend some time ago for a scratched window, but I never tried it yet
Any ideas? This is not a small spot on the window
thanks for any advice or info
Tom

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Old 06-19-2010, 09:46 PM
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I have used cerium on a few old windshields. Use a fairly hard buff and keep area cool. Gives acceptable finish.
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Hi there,

cerium oxide is used as the final polish on optical glass, camera lenses and telescopes, it is for ultra-fine polishing. it's also slightly radioactive so wear gloves and wash your hands before eating.

"I got most of it off, but wherever the overspray was, it has left a flat finish or almost a etched spot on the window"

I doubt there is any paint on the market that can etch into glass. To remove what is left try 'Mother's Mag & Aluminum polish', works very well and faster than cerium oxide.

Good luck with it.
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Usually a razor blade and some lacquer thinner will take anything off.
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Thanks very much for the replies. I will look for the Mothers Polish. I may be just afraid to be apply too much pressure with the 0000 steel wool
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Do yourself a favor, and try a 25 cent single edge razor blade.

I have been painting 45 years, and done hundreds of jobs. I've used every type of paint, this has never failed, and it comes off easy. If there is a fine residue left, it should wipe off with thinner. After that you could use window cleaner.

Today people tend to overthink everything. A simple solution is usually the best. I shudder to think that the steel wool might damage the windshield, then you have a bigger problem.
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I have tried the razor blade, but there is something left behind
It looks like the glass is etched and I have no idea why


I will look at it again tomorrow and perhaps I can get it to show up with a picture
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If it is paint, you will need to wipe it with some thinner... or maybe acetone.

Roll the windows down so you don't get high. :-)
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Back when I worked in a bodyshop, our procedure for getting overspray off glass was similar to TucsonJay's. Use a fresh single-edge razor blade to remove as much as you can, then use a piece of #0000 steel wool to polish off any haze, then wash thoroughly with glass cleaner and newsprint.
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Roll the windows down so you don't get high. :-)
Thanks Joe G and Tuscon Jay. I will try this again today...On top of what else I have to do, this is getting me depressed...but in 3 days it will be over
I was planning on leaving the windows up....a buzz may help me with my mood lol
thanks again
Tom
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I do what

Tucson jay does.It works every time.
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Back when I worked in a bodyshop, our procedure for getting overspray off glass was similar to TucsonJay's. Use a fresh single-edge razor blade to remove as much as you can, then use a piece of #0000 steel wool to polish off any haze, then wash thoroughly with glass cleaner and newsprint.
I have done this same thing on several cars and it works everytime for me.


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I have got a lot of it off, but it is still marked. I have no idea what has happened in the bodyshop to do this. I have to get other things done on the car and will try to get back to this if I have time
Car is being picked up Thurs(trailer) and going to the track for sat
Thanks for your help
Tom
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