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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 04-09-2016, 09:55 PM Thread Starter
 
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Scratches in windshield

So I bought a new to me cheap POS car. Its actually pretty decent for how cheap it is. but One of the things that is driving me crazy is that it has a scratch in the windshield from the wiper blade movement, I don't know if there was a rock or something, but its scratched pretty good.

Does anybody have any suggestions on what to use to either polish it out, or fill it? its right in the driver's line of site.

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Glass Polishing Kit for all Types of Glass and Car Windshield Wiper Blade Scratches https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001RAQGXC/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_awd_pnBcxbRMN0WJE


This seems to do what you're asking. I have small scratches in my windshield too, I may be ordering this kit.

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You could try using this, I heard it's supposed to work well. It's meant to be used with a polisher, but if you don't have one available I'm sure you would still get some improvement if you put enough elbow grease into it by hand

Griot's Garage 11074 Glass Polish, (Set of 2) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AX4TW98..._7oBcxbPB4JD15
Griot's Garage 11033 Glass Sealant - 8 oz. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AX4TWCA..._UtBcxb6FGD182

Here's specific polishing pads for it if you have a polisher available
Griot's Garage 10614 6" Glass Polishing Pad, (Set of 3) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004UQIUKW..._AsBcxbQ064E7W


This guy explains the whole process real well
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hmmm... looks like it will do the trick.

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hmmm... looks like it will do the trick.
Yeah, that would definitely work better than doing it by hand. Apparently tooth paste and baking soda mixed with water work to polish glass. I've tried both of those on my phone screen before and the tooth paste sorta worked

While we're on this subject, I have the original windshield in my patriot, and it's pitting all over...drives me crazy when I'm driving into direct sunlight. I've never gotten to polishing it yet, so hopefully when I do it might help it a little
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I have that, its a bit more aggressive than toothpaste. went at it with elbow grease for about half an hour today with no appreciable effect.

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here's the junk box.

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Toothpaste works for glass polish, have used it for scratched watch crystals.


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here's the junk box.
Is that an Alero or Intrigue? If you've got the 3.4 or the 3.8 those are pretty durable engines.
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If you've got the 3.4 or the 3.8 those are pretty durable engines.
Lets hope it's the 3.8!

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alero, 3.4l, the 3.8 wasn't available in the alero.

i've had one before, it was a 2.2l which was also very reliable, and I liked it, but sold it to pay off some other medical debts.... I picked an alero because it was a known quantity, having owned one before, I knew what I liked and what I didn't like about it.

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I've always known the rule of thumb for windshield / auto glass scratches to be that if you can catch your fingernail in it, it will not polish out...

Stop by the local auto glass shop and see what they say about it, maybe it could at least be made more transparent etc.
The may also be able to install a salvaged or after market windshield on the cheap side.
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Yes, I cannot feel it with my finger.

I will ask somebody I know who does windshields. I would rather not replace it, if I don't have to, the windshield is not damaged in any other way.
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alero, 3.4l, the 3.8 wasn't available in the alero.

i've had one before, it was a 2.2l which was also very reliable, and I liked it, but sold it to pay off some other medical debts.... I picked an alero because it was a known quantity, having owned one before, I knew what I liked and what I didn't like about it.
They put the 3.4 in some pretty heavy vehicles. My Sister has a 3.4 in her mini-van, I had a 3.4 in a Cutlass Supreme, and I'm pretty sure they put the 3.4 in the Pontiac Torrent, again, all pretty hefty vehicles. That Alero must really fly!
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Well..... I have to admit it feels pretty slow to me, However, I am used to a my very low geared infiniti G35 that had 130 MORE horsepower from its 3.5l 6, and 60 more ft/lbs of torque. I also think it needs a tune up, maybe a clean air filter as well. It did A LOT of sitting.

if I get on it, it will scoot, but its geared pretty high, at 80mph, its only turning over at like ~2400rpm. It really feels like the definition of a lazy v6. but it is 400lbs lighter than the infiniti.

I think the 4 cyl is a bit more sporty feeling since it is lighter by 200lbs, but I also had much wider high performance tires vs 80k mile tires that are on it now, and brand new shocks.

Planning on upgrading the shocks soon, so that might help.

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