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Old 09-09-2010, 03:41 AM   #1
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ok so a couple weeks ago i noticed that my drivers side window had two vertical bars on small scratches and my passenger side front window has the same thing but not as bad

my question is what could be causing this and is there any way to get the scratches out without actually buying a brand new window?
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Old 09-09-2010, 04:23 AM   #2
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Ryanx I just sent you a bit of info on an option.

The problem with glass is its so incredibly hard that you need something even harder to polish out light marks. There are specific chemicals for this in the oxide family. Its time consuming compared to quickie fixes but its worth it otherwise.
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Old 09-09-2010, 02:29 PM   #3
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does any one know what could be causing this? it looks like its caused by something scratching it when i roll it up and down
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Old 09-09-2010, 02:38 PM   #4
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It could be something as simple as a rock chip or speck of dust caught in the window seal. Try getting some canned air and spraying around the seals, might dislodge it.

The last car I owned had horrible scratches on the headlights and glass all the way around because the numbnut former owner took it through a crappy car wash with brushes.
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Old 09-09-2010, 03:34 PM   #5
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does any one know what could be causing this? it looks like its caused by something scratching it when i roll it up and down
Are you sure its scratches? Sometimes I get it on my windows but its just a lil grime that is probably stuck on the inside of the exterior window rubber. I panicked one time thinking it was a scratch but it was just some oily substance on the outside.

If its truly light scratches it means you probably have a tiny pebble or some type of grit lodged in the seal where the window slides up and down. You could try clean them with a pipe cleaner or something small and similar.
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Old 09-09-2010, 03:51 PM   #6
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i have the same issue what were the details you sent to the OP about removing them?
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Old 09-09-2010, 03:55 PM   #7
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ill try to take some pictures in a little bit
its in the same two places on both front windows
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Old 09-09-2010, 03:56 PM   #8
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same place on both windows? sounds like something inside the door with the power window mechanism itself
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Old 09-09-2010, 04:12 PM   #9
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Yea now it does. How long had you had the car before you started noticing these?
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Old 09-09-2010, 04:45 PM   #10
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uhh well i didnt notice it until i got my windows tinted about a month ago and ive only had the car for a couple months if that

edit: i found this really old thread that seems to be about my problem but it doesnt really say how to correct it...
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=51684

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Old 09-17-2010, 06:41 AM   #11
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i have the same problem... was just going to replace my windows. my rear has to be replaced because the antenna and the defroster were destroyed by the previous owner/tint person
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Old 09-17-2010, 09:40 AM   #12
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I had these on my Forester and I took it into the dealer to fix since I was within the 36k miles warranty. Most likely the window has become misaligned with the rollers, that's why there are vertical marks in the glass. It's only on the glass facing outside, correct? My dealer took apart the door trim, realigned the glass, and greased the rollers. I haven't had any new marks appear since then, but there are still scratches in the glass near the top of the window before the repair was performed.

I keep my windows rolled up as much as I can, so I don't notice the scratches.
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Old 09-17-2010, 10:37 AM   #13
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I had a decently deep scratch on my passenger side window on my bmw. Up until then, it was the first time I have ever seen anything like that happen. Never happened with any of my other cars.
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Old 09-21-2010, 08:57 AM   #14
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It's just caused by dirt and debris getting stuck between the rollers and your window. Over time it will eventually put an etch into your window since it's acting like sandpaper. Mine are deep enough to be felt with a finger nail.

What you can try which I highly doubt will get rid of it depending on how deep yours are is to use a glass polish with an buffer equipped with glass cutting pads.
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Old 09-27-2010, 08:54 PM   #15
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i have the same problem.. inside the door there is a vertical bar pressing the window from the outside in, now where the bar makes contact with the window theres a piece of felt that lets the windlow slide on.. that felt may have been distorted.. i was able to find that much but havent gotten around fixing the felt yet. and the scratches on the glass is the reason i searched for this thread.. now can someone tell me where i can get this glass polish?
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The issue is there are some felt scrubbers in the door that rub on the windows in those locations. Over time with dirty windows these scrubbers become dirty and need to be cleaned (taking door panel off and hit them with some APC and you are good to go)
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Old 09-29-2010, 10:52 AM   #17
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i have the same problem.. inside the door there is a vertical bar pressing the window from the outside in, now where the bar makes contact with the window theres a piece of felt that lets the windlow slide on.. that felt may have been distorted.. i was able to find that much but havent gotten around fixing the felt yet. and the scratches on the glass is the reason i searched for this thread.. now can someone tell me where i can get this glass polish?
....a kit like this might be a better bet for you. It includes leveling disks and the product needed to help correct blemishes in glass. The only issue is that it appears you need a rotary or DA to use the supplied backing plate:

http://www.diamondite.com/diamondite...epair-kit.html

With a little digging, I'm sure you can find other kits out there that attach to a drill, etc. You can also research cerium oxide but I think I would stick with a kit for simplicity sake.
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