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Old 06-19-2000, 12:20 PM   #1
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Post Removing scratches from windows?

Anyone know what I can use to do this and how the results turn out? I've got a line of good scratches across my windsheild (don't ask), and I was wondering how I can get rid of them.

Also, has anyone ever tried using that stuff you use on scratched CD's to fix glass? I would think that would work since it essentially does the same thing in both cases, though I'm not sure if it could hold up to the weather.
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Old 06-19-2000, 02:00 PM   #2
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I bought a glass polish, I think it's made by Rain-X or something like that, but it was in the local car store. I don't think it'd get scratches out though, since glass is damned hard, but it worked well for getting mineral stains off and making it look clean again. I hope that kinda helps.
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Old 06-19-2000, 02:01 PM   #3
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Speaking of scratches in windows..... has anyone else been getting the lines of scratches in the door windows. It's from the little pads that rub on the outside of the window when it is rolled up or down. There's a lot of dust around here so I might be the only one.
I'm pretty sure there's no way to fill in glass scratches, replacing the whole window is the only option I think.
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Old 06-19-2000, 02:14 PM   #4
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Scoobaru, I got that happen to me just after just about 3000kms on MY2K. They replaced it under warranty, yup the whole window.
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Old 06-19-2000, 02:18 PM   #5
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Hmmmm... well these are actual scratches in the window maybe a millimeter or so deep at the worst. Guess I can call a glass place and see what they say. *shrug*
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Old 06-19-2000, 02:27 PM   #6
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Ack, I called a place and they said that they can't fix scratches, they can just replace the glass. $191 installed from an auto glass place, $499 windshield plus installation. Doh! Guess I'll just wait until I hit something significant and crack it. *shrug*
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Old 06-19-2000, 03:06 PM   #7
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Eastwood Co. Makes a polish that you use with a buffer and their special pad. It takes out heavy wiper marks and most scratches. You might give it a try.

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Old 06-19-2000, 03:07 PM   #8
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The eastwood company (or similar restoration company) makes some glass polishing/scratch removal tools. Kind of like a good polish with a buffer for glass. I have not seen a catalog in a long time though.

I have the scratches on my windows, but I do not think they will warranty it since I took the door panels off to put the speakers in. I am still going to try.

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Old 06-19-2000, 04:18 PM   #9
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The Eastwood scratch remover is supposed to be able to take out scratches that you can see but not feel depth when running your fingernail over them. We tried using it on heavier scratches in my 66 Pontiac GTO's winshield and it didn't take out the deep ones. I have a little scratch from a gas station window washer and want to give it a try when I get home though, hopefully it will work on this one.
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Old 06-19-2000, 04:31 PM   #10
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brucelee: if it was a small chip or crack, they just filled it. That's fairly common practice on small (nickel sized) cracks.

Scratches are another story... dunno what you can do with anything that isn't just a light surface mark.

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Old 06-19-2000, 06:18 PM   #11
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Nat, you went to Carlise right? We sat together for dinner, and I never knew you had a 66 goat. Damn, I wish I could have heard about your other pride and joy. E-mail me some details, I have a 72 olds, but am planning on parting with it very soon.

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Old 06-19-2000, 10:29 PM   #12
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Scoobaru, i had the same thing happen to my window. My dealer replaced it under warranty like Yeoman's did. they also replaced the mechanisim that moved the window up and down cus it was making funky noises. it's all good now. oh i dont' think it's becuase you have a lot of dust in your area. i live in WI and we dont' have that much i'm thinking it is the casing, which the felt pads are held on, that is causing the prob. just a guess though. cus my scratches couldn't have happened due to dust. too big!

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Old 06-19-2000, 10:39 PM   #13
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Thanks guys, I'll have to run to my local auto-parts place and see if I can find some of that Eastwood stuff. If anything it'll help get out the light ones, but most of them are DEEP (deepest being around 1mm deep).

It is out of my field of vision for the most part so I'm going to drive on it for a while. I figure that I'll wait til I either get a crack or chip, or something else unfortunate happens to it gives out.
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Old 06-19-2000, 11:02 PM   #14
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Though I try to keep my car very clean at all times, I can't avoid a little dust gathering while my car's at work, so I have lots of little scratches too, but you can only see them when something shines and reflects off of them. Would warranty cover this? And if so, would they pay for the tint too???
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I noticed one horizontal scratch on the driver side window the second day after I bought the beyootiful silver baby home. I was nonplussed. didnt think twice about it then, but now since this seems this to be a recurring problem, action must be taken. Some execs over at FHI better hari kari over this or my blood lust will not be satisfied. I am seriously enjoying this car, but I knew I would. AND I learned the stick in about twenty minutes. Day three and this baby is running smooth under my masterful shifting. bwahahha.
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Old 06-20-2000, 09:57 AM   #16
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ImprezaRS2000, do you have scracthes running up and down your roll down windows? no, they wont' cover the tint. But, they will replacce the window

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Old 06-20-2000, 10:19 AM   #17
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umm, $500 for a new windshield is bonkers. i have a huge crack in my windshield, i called up the people at safelite 1-800-800-ASAP, they quoted me $180, including installation, onsite service [they come to your home or office whenever you want] and a lifetime warranty. i just called them like 2 minutes ago and they said they can have someone at my office in the next hour or so. and that $180 is all inclusive including tax and all that junk. i have a 97 obs so i'm sure our windshields are similiarly priced...
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Old 06-20-2000, 10:20 AM   #18
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I ran into the same problem on the driver side window after about 10K miles. My dealer refused to replace the window though because I have them tinted and he said that they must have done it. Of course the tint was on the inside and the scratches were on the outside and I had the scratches long before the tint, but that doesn't matter.

I tried everything to get them out. The only thing that worked even halfway well was polishing them with rouge. I assume this is kind of like what the Eastwood guys have. If you are not familiar with this it is for polishing plexi. It comes in a red block (cheap, can find it at Sears for like $2) and you apply it with a grinder pad (I used a drill with a small cloth pad). This is what watchmakers use to get scratches out. It works wonders on plastic too(go figure, that is what it is for). This might be a good cheap alternative to start with.

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Old 06-20-2000, 10:52 AM   #19
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if you've got comprehensive insurance why not just take a bat the the window?

I've never had to do that because for some reason every time (literally) I go to Mt. Washington to ski some SUV throws a rock at me and I get a new windsheild the next week.
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Old 06-20-2000, 12:30 PM   #20
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Sure, I've got comprehensive insurance.... with a $500 deductable, that is.

If it was serious enough, I'd probably claim it (demanding genuine Subaru parts, of course) and take the money they give me over the $500 then use that to replace the windshield.

Like I said, maybe when I get a good rock chip or something.

Dada - Thanks for the tip, I'm definetly going to have to call them for it.
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Old 06-21-2000, 01:51 AM   #21
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Oh yeah, I've got comprehensive, but my deductable is $500! Maybe if I had them quote through Subaru and then took the money and had it replaced elsewhere, but it just isn't worth it otherwise. *shrug*

Dada - Thanks for the tip, I'll definetly give htem a call as soon as I'm ready to replace it.
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