Originally Posted by 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?
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.