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Old 01-05-2013, 01:08 PM   #1
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Scratches in windshield, what to do?

I noticed today that I have about a dozen scratches in my windshield. They range from 3-5" long and all go vertically across the windshield. Several are deep enough to feel with my fingernail. I'm not sure what could have caused this, but it looks like s**t and is rather distracting while I'm driving.

What can I do to makes these scratches less noticeable?


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Old 01-05-2013, 02:53 PM   #2
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If they are deep enough that your fingernail gets caught in the scratch, I would say new windshield. Or maybe try safelight glass repair. I believe they can fill deep chips with a filler that dries clear, might work on long scratches.
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Your comprehensive should cover either a repair or replacement. Most people have a lower deductible for comprehensive than collision. Good luck.
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Paying out of pocket is not an option at the moment. I'll call my insurance company and see what they say. They'll probably want to jack my rates up due to the claim and I'll just end up paying for it (and then some) out of pocket within a few months. I may just end up dealing with it for a while until I have the cash to pay for it myself.

I'm still trying to figure out what caused it... I haven't washed it in ages because it has been too cold to do so (and I hate automatic car washes), so I know I didn't scratch it myself. I haven't driven through anything that could have caused it. They just kind of showed up one day...
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I had to have my moon roof glass replaced because it was covered in tiny scratches. Totally unexplained cause there wasn't any damage to the surrounding roof or windshield.
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I should check that as well. I hope it isn't inexplicably scratched to hell too.
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Could your scratches have come from a snow brush?
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I have a plastic scraper i've been using for a few years with several different cars (an 02 focus and 99 explorer) with no issues. Its a fairly soft plastic, I don't see how it could possibly scratch the glass as badly as mine is unless the glass was just junk to begin with. I think I've only had to scrape my windshield once this year (every other time the defrost handled it well enough), and that was about 2 weeks ago. I only noticed the scratches a few days ago. Still, plastic should never be able to scratch glass so I'm fairly certain that isn't the cause.

I did find that my deductible is $500 (I should probably know this...), and Safelite wants about $350 for new glass. I'll just drive with my scratched glass until I can't stand it or the scratches turn into cracks.
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I doubt they are scratches. Glass typically doesn't scratch, although sandblasting can happen but not on a one year old car. Just try cleaning it on a nicer day. Its probably just marks from a snow brush.

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I cleaned it quickly with some windex and a soft cloth and I'm 100% sure they are scratches. I can definitely feel several of them, and the edges aren't smooth, but jagged and rough like a deep scratch would be.
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