Dealing with windshield scratches can be quite bothersome, but there’s no need to put up with them. The good news is that most scratches can be easily repaired using a windshield polish and a buffing pad. By utilizing cerium oxide paste, you can effectively fill in those unsightly scratches and restore your windshield’s pristine appearance with minimal effort.
However, if you’re faced with more severe issues such as gouges, cracks, or chips, it may be wise to seek professional assistance or opt for a windshield replacement.
Gather the Supplies
- Glass repair kit
- Cerium Oxide rubbing compound
- Microfiber cloth
- Buffing Pad
Methods To Repair Scratched Windshield
Step 1: Assess the Depth of the Scratch
To determine the severity of the scratch on your windshield, run your fingernail along the affected area. If the scratch feels smooth and your nail doesn’t get caught, it is likely a minor scratch. However, if your nail catches in a groove, it indicates a deeper scratch that requires immediate attention.
Deep scratches should be addressed promptly to prevent further damage, as they can worsen over time and potentially lead to windshield shattering. Keep in mind that windshield replacements can range in cost from AED 1200 – AED 1500 in UAE, depending on your car’s make and model.
Step 2: Acquire a Glass Repair Kit
Visit your local auto repair and part shop or order a windshield repair kit online. We recommend the Rain-X windshield repair kit, which includes ample amounts of Cerium Oxide rubbing compound capable of fixing up to three chips or bull’s eyes up to 1.25 inches in diameter. The kit also includes a razor blade for your convenience.
Tip! Ensure you commence the repair process in a shaded area with the windshield temperature ranging from 50°F to 75°F until the repair is completed.
Step 3: Clean the Windshield and Apply the Rubbing Compound
Thoroughly wash your windshield with soap and water to eliminate any dust or dirt particles. Use a microfiber cloth to dry the windshield before applying the Cerium Oxide rubbing compound.
If you are repairing a chip, bull’s eye, or star-shaped damage, the repair kit provides an applicator device designed to apply pressure and remove air from the repair area. This allows the compound to be applied without the risk of air bubbles.
For small scratches or cracks, directly dispense the resin compound onto the affected area, starting from one end. When observing the scratches from a 45-degree angle, you should notice a dark area filled with the compound. If there are still air pockets in the scratch after 5-10 minutes, gently apply pressure from the inside of the windshield, focusing on the sides and center of the crack. Additionally, address any minor surface etches around the repair area.
Apply the provided curing strips to the repaired area.
Tip! While toothpaste can be useful for buffing out small scratches or etchings, it is not recommended for repairing bull’s eyes or star-shaped cracks on windshields. Avoid using toothpaste for other types of minor windshield repairs.
Step 4: Allow the Compound to Dry in Direct Sunlight
After applying the curing strips, move your vehicle into direct sunlight to facilitate drying. Alternatively, you can use ultraviolet light to aid the curing process. The compound typically requires around 5-10 minutes to dry completely.
Once the compound has dried, remove the curing strips. In case the resin is still wet, reapply the strips and allow the compound to sit for a longer duration. When the resin has hardened completely, hold the razor blade at a 90-degree angle and gently scrape away the excess compound.
During this process, there is no need to apply excessive pressure. It is normal to observe white flakes as you remove the excess compound from the windshield.
However, in cases where you encounter stubborn scratches that are difficult to remove or significantly impact your driving visibility, we offer car repair services. Our priority is to determine if the scratch can be repaired while ensuring the structural integrity of your windshield remains intact. If a feasible repair option exists, we will proceed accordingly.
However, if the scratch is beyond repair, we will carefully assess the situation and present you with alternative solutions. In the event that a windshield replacement becomes necessary, rest assured that we can swiftly and affordably provide a replacement, allowing you to get back on the road without delay.