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Windscreen Scratch Removal – How The Pros Do It

Just like other components of your vehicle, windshields are also subjected to wear and tear. Scratches on windshields aren’t just unsightly, but they can also obstruct driver’s vision of the road, leading to misjudgments and even life-threatening accidents. There can be a number of causes of scratches on your windshield including gravels and other debris on the road. But that’s not it. They can also be a result of wrongly used ice scrapers, and worn or malfunctioning windshield wipers. However you care for your windshield, scratches are inevitable. But fortunately, with the right equipment and technique, you can get rid of annoying scratches in no time. Here’s a step by step guide to maintaining clearer and scratch-free windshields. Read on!

Step# 1: Identify If the Scratches Are Minor and Don’t Need Professional Repairs

                                                            First of all, you need to determine whether the scratches are suitable for a DIY repair. Scratches deeper than fifty microns require to be dealt with professional equipment to be fixed properly. For such damage, it’s advisable to immediately seek help from a professional windshield repair service. A good rule of thumb is to use the fingernail test to examine the depth of the scratch. Carefully run your finger on the damaged spot. If your finger nail seems to get caught in the scratches, let a professional deal with it. However, if the surface feels smooth, move on to the next step. Run your finger across the affected area. If the scratch catches your fingernail, the scratch will require professional help to fix.

Step# 2: Get Equipped

Having the right equipment is extremely important before you begin working on your windshield because you don’t want any distractions. The first thing on your checklist should be a scratch removing polish—particularly formulated for auto glass. Using a standard polish can lead to more scratches and even stain your windshield permanently. When you’ve purchased one, move to the next step.

Step# 3: Clean the affected spot and apply the polish

Next, using a clean micro fiber cloth, remove any dust and debris from the affected area. But don’t apply too much pressure as it can cause the scratches to get worse. Take out some polish on a sponge or the foam (typically provided with the polish) and start applying on the damaged area. Gently and slowly, work the polish deep into the scratches and let it stay for a minute or two when done.

Step# 4: Remove The Polish

Using another clean micro-fiber piece of cloth, wipe off the polish from the windscreen. If you’ve done the application part right, you should be able to see positive results almost immediately. If you’re dealing with a deep scratch, you’ll probably require an automated buffing machine or a more advanced polishing tool. Buying these tools and then learning the right way to use them can be costly and time consuming. This is why it’s better to get in touch with the experts for a quick and reliable windshield repair (or replacement, if need be). We hope our guide helped you achieve a smooth new-looking windshield. If not, bring your vehicle to our auto glass repair shop in San Antonio or you may let our technicians reach out to you wherever you are! At SA Auto Glass, we offer a range of auto glass and windshield repair and replacement services. To book an appointment or for more information, call our experts at (210)793-7115!  

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