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Technical Windshield scratches

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by bowtie56jw, Jul 22, 2019.

  1. bowtie56jw
    Joined: Aug 2, 2010
    Posts: 214


    My 57 windshield has minor scratches and scuffs, no gouge's or deep scratches. can the windshield be polished to remove said scuffs/scratches?
    thanks man
  2. rosstom
    Joined: Dec 26, 2017
    Posts: 48


    No direct experience but I heard good things about the CarPro Ceriglass.
  3. Pete Eastwood
    Joined: Jul 27, 2011
    Posts: 933

    Pete Eastwood
    from california

    Had a scratch polished out of a windshield.
    It left a ripple that I disliked more than the scratch . . . .
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  4. s55mercury66
    Joined: Jul 6, 2009
    Posts: 3,980

    from SW Wyoming

    Some can and some can't be polished out. My friend had a date coded windshield in a '64 Corvette that a couple of attempts were made at cleaning it up. His results were the same as Pete's up above, it was kinda like a bad LSD trip looking through it at night. He finally took a hammer to it so no one could talk him into trying to polish it again. If it is an impossible to find windshield, you may have no other choice.
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  5. Bandit Billy
    Joined: Sep 16, 2014
    Posts: 6,658

    Bandit Billy

    I have had several sets of GM T-top panels polished over the years. Those panels are always a mess from sliding around in the trunk. They are much smaller than a windshield and you don't have to look out them to drive. You also cannot get all the way to the edge do the trim (non removable) so there is a ridge around the sides. But you ask if it can be done and the answer is absolutely.
  6. irishsteve
    Joined: Jan 10, 2017
    Posts: 769


    Friend of mine use to use jewelers rouge.
  7. stuart in mn
    Joined: Nov 22, 2007
    Posts: 1,777

    stuart in mn

    If you can feel the scratch with your fingernail, it's probably too deep to polish out.
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  8. Terrible80
    Joined: Oct 1, 2010
    Posts: 774


    If they are really minor, a good cleaning and an application of RainX works wonders.

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  9. dan31
    Joined: Jul 3, 2011
    Posts: 1,047


    Had a o.t. car that had the windshield polished, it changed the optics and i couldn't drive that car more then 15 before it started to give you a headache or you felt like you were going cross eyed. forget driving it at night. I do have a small (about 1") but deep scratch on the lower part of my 54's windshield , the glass looks white in the scratch. Has anyone tried to use clear nail polish or a drop of clear coat on that type of scratch?. I tried that bullseye repair-joke.
    Joined: Dec 14, 2009
    Posts: 2,446


    We used to polish minor scratches with rubbing compound on a polisher
    Worked well
    But nothing major or deep
    Joined: Jun 3, 2005
    Posts: 8,048


    One of my pal/customers bought a repair kit. I'll try to remember to dig it out and give a name. Still, at the end of it all the scratch was too deep to remove. Made the rest of it look nice though.
  12. If you have a scratch and polish (remove the surrounding glass to the levels of the scratch RIGHT???) that scratch in a small area say 1” wide the ripple left will bother you.


    If you polish that scratch down in 2 foot wide swipe and feather the glass removal out the effects won’t be as bothersome.
  13. Boryca
    Joined: Jul 18, 2011
    Posts: 663

    from Detroit

  14. Gman0046
    Joined: Jul 24, 2005
    Posts: 6,262


    I,d leave it alone rather then look through distortion.
  15. Novus makes a series of polishing compounds, mainly for boat plexiglass. their #2 & #3 are the 2 coarsest ones.
  16. When I was building the Ranch Wagon, I saw a few scratches in the original windshield so I ordered a replacement, when it arrived it had a green shaded area across the top which I specifically told the company I did not want when I was placing the order and they assured me they had the clear glass like the original.

    It was a PITA to get it back to them and they didn't charge a restocking fee and told me my new windshield would arrive in about a week, true to their word the new windshield arrived and when I opened up the box I was stunned to find they had sent back the exact same windshield I had returned.

    You might ask yourself how I know it was the same one, I had wrote with a black sharpie across the windshield I did not order a green tint glass.

    I called them again and did my best to stay calm, the lady that answered the phone apologized for the screw up, the owner apologized but I still and the wrong windshield, he assured me he was going to overnight the correct windshield and he personally would pack it.

    Sure to his word the correct windshield arrived the next day, I opened the box and there was no green tint but, the glass had a crack about 8 inch's long.

    I returned the broken windshield, told the owner of the company it's like a baseball game, three strikes and your out, I decided to use the original Ford glass, it has a few scratches but I have learned to live with them. HRP

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