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Old 09-08-2013, 04:40 AM
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horrible scratches in windshield

I know you guys hear this excuse a lot..my buddy messed it up or the previous owner etc etc,but if you know me you know by now when I screw up I admit it..this time the wife did it,actually it's been awhile but some over spray had gotten onto my windshield usually we will use just w&g remover & or a green scuff pad with a handle & cleans it up no scratches she however grab some 1000 grit wet & went to town now there's thousands of scratches in it & when the Sun hits it or headlights you can't see nada.How would you go about fixing this?It looks like there spiderwebs allover the glass its so bad I've considered getting a new windshield but the one that's in there was only a few weeks old when this happened so please any thoughts or ideas would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 09-08-2013, 05:30 AM
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Mistakes happen..this might be a good story for the "What not to do when doing Body Work or Painting" thread...LOL. Sometimes scratches can be buffed out of glass and headlights if they are fine enough. You can try that...I will be honest with you, if that was my windshield and it was only 2 weeks old...I'd want a new one.

When you get over spray on glass and you will, if your Wife's job is to remove it (I'm sure she won't use 1,000 grit again) try steel wool...it won't scratch glass and removes over spray quickly.

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a clay bar, if you have any laying around for detailing, works great for removing overspray too (or anything on your paint, such as paint scraped on it). I removed 4 years of primer overspray from my engine bay with a clay bar.
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I remember when I was a kid, a neighborhood junior-high girl wanted to help with some sanding. After working the rear quarter for a few minutes w/ #320, she went straight to the back window stainless trim and glass...

"Aaaarrrrgh!" Anyhow, so after the cool guy up the street turned into the big jerk up the street in less than one second, she was a lot less interested in helping me out...which was fine by me...

Replace the windshield, sometimes even old-car glass is pretty cheap. New glass is a lot nicer anyway.
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Windshield is toast IMHO. 1000 grit sctatches will buff or polish out but then you will have distortion problems looking through the windshield.

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Old 09-08-2013, 04:33 PM
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You can't notice it In the day,its really only @ nite or if the Sun is spot on.Anyways,don't wanna put anymore cash into it as I have two of my own bikes & two cars I'm currently drinking money into & this will be getting sold soon as I'm upgrading to a cummins
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call around the local glass shops, there are shops that buff out glass.
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distortion?

At one time I worked for a company that made components for Very high end Medical imaging equipment. The high resolution screens were expensive and they tried to save some that had fine scratches. When they got the scratches buffed out you could see distortion in the test images. It depends what you can live with . In this state the cracked windshield law is lax. If an officer decides the cracks can restrict your safe visibility you can get a 30 day fix it ticket, I have seen a lot of bad windshields on the road.
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Yep, man I am sorry but it's a goner I am pretty sure. There is nothing quite like looking thru a new windshield, I would really think about writing it off as a lesson. Bless her heart for getting out there and helping but this looks all bad.

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Old 09-10-2013, 12:58 AM
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I tested a small area today and was able to get great improvment.Will try to finish tomorrow will update
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