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02-17-2013 03:55 PM
Vernl
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Originally Posted by nosmokingbandit View Post
Just a small update...

The weather here hasn't been conducive to working outside, so I haven't been able to attempt anything with my glass. Still super disappointed that it looks like sh!t, but I'm hoping I can minimize the ugliness. I'll update when I am able to do anything.
I live in a climate where I put at least one windshield per year in every vehicle I own due to rock chips etc...here the windshield in my Focus cost under 200 bucks installed...just replace it, although you might want to wait until spring now so the new one doesnt get sandblasted from the road sanders
02-17-2013 11:35 AM
me2000 Most insurance companies waive your comp deductible for glass if they can repair the damage. And don't worry about filing a comp claim... It rarely raises your rates.
02-16-2013 06:14 PM
felixdd
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Originally Posted by nosmokingbandit View Post
Just a small update...

The weather here hasn't been conducive to working outside, so I haven't been able to attempt anything with my glass. Still super disappointed that it looks like sh!t, but I'm hoping I can minimize the ugliness. I'll update when I am able to do anything.
Totally empathize with you. The other day I thought there was a stone chip on my windshield. Turns out it was just stuck-on dirt that even the wiper couldn't get rid of. Still, I feel it's worse to have a scratched windshield than a scratched hood in some ways -- with a windshield you have to stare at it whether you want to or not!
02-16-2013 04:53 PM
nosmokingbandit Just a small update...

The weather here hasn't been conducive to working outside, so I haven't been able to attempt anything with my glass. Still super disappointed that it looks like sh!t, but I'm hoping I can minimize the ugliness. I'll update when I am able to do anything.
01-08-2013 10:40 PM
nosmokingbandit
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Originally Posted by Quantos View Post
I'm at work, so I cannot see the pictures, but if they are so jagged and obvious, I doubt it could be from a scrapper. Might be a far fetched idea, but perhaps someone actually did this to your windshield? I don't really know how easy that would be; does someone know how someone could scratch a windshield on purpose (with a key, or whatever?)

edit: If there truly are recommendations not to use an ice-scrapper, I'd say that is ridiculous. This car is sold world wide, in many places where you just don't have a choice but to remove ice. Heck, what am I supposed to do with icy rain, which happens quite often here?
Idk who would have done it. At first I thought someone was being a dick, but I washed my car and the paint is perfect, not a single imperfection (which i'm sure would show up easily on candy red). I'd have to assume someone would key the paint before the windshield.... I know the paint would cost tons more to fix.

I also live in the middle of amish-ville, so there are more corn fields than houses around me, and at work I park in a lot with only employee's cars and nobody else has mentioned any vandalism. I'm pretty sure I have no enemies.

I looked in the owner's manual as per the scraper question, and the manual specifically tells you to use a scraper if ice/frost is thick on the glass. I haven't used my scraper often so far this year (2-3 times at the most), and its just plain plastic, probably HDPE (i haven't looked), and that shouldn't cause any scratches that deep without me putting all of my weight on it. Be aware that the scratch looks much worse in person than in the pic.



Someone mentioned RainX.... I hate that stuff, it tends t get streaky rather quickly. What I plan on doing tomorrow (day off, nice weather, should be a good day) is cleaning the whole car, clay-barring everything in sight, and waxing everything as well (I have yet to wax this vehicle). I'll put a coat of wax on the windshield while i'm at it. RainX uses silicone to repel water, whcih works great, but it doesn't layer up very well. I'll probably put 2-3 coats on the glass to see if I can make the scratches more bearable. I'll report back with how this works. I have read about some people using cleaner wax, but I'm going to use normal yellow paste wax.


Thanks for all of the input guys, Its nice to see so many people who actually care about my windshield enough to post.
01-08-2013 07:15 PM
macdiesel Would a ring or jewelry do something like that?
01-08-2013 01:33 PM
WhiteTite Looks like someone may have keyed it. Call a windshield repair place, some have a service where they can remove some of the pitting and scratches.
01-08-2013 11:14 AM
PratoN
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Originally Posted by nosmokingbandit View Post
I'm done buying new cars. Used cars are easier....I would just be less disappointed if a 10 year old windshield looked like this
I feel the same way - never again. Maybe I'll buy another Ford again, but never another brand new car from any manufacturer; it's just not worth it.
01-08-2013 10:39 AM
Superd Nosmokingbandit
I use rainx or a similar product on all my cars windshields and have noticed it helps make most of the scratches on old windshields far less visible from the inside especially when the sun glares of it just right (wrong?). Your scratches sure do look deep but maybe it will help make it tolerable.
01-08-2013 07:47 AM
Quantos I'm at work, so I cannot see the pictures, but if they are so jagged and obvious, I doubt it could be from a scrapper. Might be a far fetched idea, but perhaps someone actually did this to your windshield? I don't really know how easy that would be; does someone know how someone could scratch a windshield on purpose (with a key, or whatever?)

edit: If there truly are recommendations not to use an ice-scrapper, I'd say that is ridiculous. This car is sold world wide, in many places where you just don't have a choice but to remove ice. Heck, what am I supposed to do with icy rain, which happens quite often here?
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