The windshield of your car is meant to protect the driver and passengers from the elements and flying debris. Between the flying debris and the dirt and grime that accumulate from the road, windshields take a lot of abuse. Scratches, stains and cloudiness on a windshield can also interfere with safe driving. The good news is all you need to remove scratches, staining and cloudiness is a little patience, elbow grease and the following instructions.
There are a number of things that can cause surface scratches on the windshield, including a buildup of dirt, dust and grime from the roadway. Scratches not only hinder your visibility, but if they aren't repaired while they are small, they can lead to deeper and longer scratches. To remove surface scratches:
You Will Need:
- Jewelry rouge (available at hobby and/or jewelry stores)
- A handheld buffer
- Felt pad
- Clear nail polish (optional)
- Auto glass cleaner
- In a small bowl, make a paste with 2 tablespoons each of water, jewelry rouge and glycerin.
- Attach the felt pad to the buffer.
- Apply a small amount of the paste to the scratches on the auto glass.
- Using the buffer and light pressure, gently rub the paste over the scratch.
- Allow the paste to dry and wipe clean with a soft cloth.
- Repeat the above process for each scratch.
- Remove any residue with auto glass cleaner.
Buffing will remove scratches, but it will not remove cracks or deep pitting. If there are small cracks, you will need to repair them before repairing the scratches.
Remove Stains and Polish Away Cloudiness
A build up of dirt and grime can cause streaks and/or cloudiness on the windshield, which makes it difficult to have a clear view. With a few supplies and these step by step instructions you can remove stains, dirt, grime and cloudiness:
What You'll Need:
- White vinegar
- Glass polish
- Auto glass cleaner
- Microfiber cloth
- Paper towels
- Apply a small amount of toothpaste on the stain.
- Using a soft cloth, rub in circular motions until the stain disappears.
- Wipe away residue with a clean cloth.
Remove Buildup of Dirt and Grime
- Soak several paper towels with white vinegar.
- Cover the entire surface of the windshield with the vinegar soaked paper towels.
- Leave the wet paper towels in place for about an hour.
- Remove the paper towels and rinse the glass with clean water.
- Dry the glass with a microfiber cloth.
Polishing the Glass
- Pour a small amount of glass polish onto a sponge.
- Spread the glass polish on a small area of the windshield. Rub the polish onto the glass by working in small circular motions.
- Once the polish dries, use a soft microfiber cloth to wipe away the polish.
- Working in small sections, repeat steps 1 to 3 until the entire windshield has been polished.
- Spray auto glass cleaner on the windshield.
- Using large circular motions, wipe away glass cleaner with a clean microfiber cloth.
In order to keep the windshield clean and free from cloudiness, clean it at least once each week with white vinegar and a soft cloth. If the windshield has large cracks, it is important to have the windshield professionally repaired or replaced at an auto glass shop, such as Sure Auto & Glass/ Rust Check Centre, as soon as possible to prevent further damage.