Are there annoying scratches on your auto glass? These little dings are easy to fix at home using a simple kit. The key here is doing early fixes to prevent the small scratch from getting bigger as you drive. Shallow scratches can be dealt with at home with the help of a few products. Bigger cracks will need to be repaired by the experts at an auto glass repair shop.
Here, we’ll discuss a short guide to erase the scratch from your windshield or windows:
- The depth
Before you start unpacking your repair kit, it’s important to know if the scratch is amenable for home repairs. Try running your fingernails through it. If your fingernails are catching the scratches, it’s a sign that you need to reach out for professional help. Such deep scratches require the use of advanced equipment and not just a simple kit. It’s important to let the technicians handle deep scratches. Otherwise, you’ll just aggravate the damage.
- Get the materials
If the scratches are shallow enough to be repaired at home, you need the following to have it fixed: glass cleaner, water, a drill with a rubber polishing wheel, a soft cloth, a dry-erase marker, a small spatula, and a bowl. Take note that the drill is optional together with the dry-erase marker.
As for the products, you can choose from these three options: baking soda & white toothpaste, clear acrylic nail polish or cerium oxide.
- Prep the scratched area
Before you apply any product, clean the scratch with the glass cleaner and cloth. It’s important that no debris will get in the way of the DIY repair. And to make sure that you’re targeting the right scratch spot, outline the damage at the other side of the glass. The scratch will become harder to see as you progress with the repair.
- Applying the product
If you prefer cerium oxide, dilute this in water until you have a glue-like consistency. As for baking soda & toothpaste, mix one tablespoon with a quarter of a standard tube. Mix this until all the baking soda is blended in a slurry.
Apply any of the products directly to the scratch and start buffing it. Usually, the nail polish won’t require much buffing. Repeatedly apply the product and buff the scratch until the surface is much smoother.
Remember, though, that you should be careful in applying the cerium oxide solution. It can cause more scratches if the product gets into other spots on the glass.
As for the buffing, always be gentle and slow. Remember, this is just a small scratch. Besides, you can repeat the application if need be.
- Wipe it clean
Once you’re satisfied with the results, make sure that you wipe the glass clean of any of the products you used. In the case of nail polish, you’ll have to wait until it dries properly. You can wipe the entire window until there are no smears visible.
Again, this is only applicable to small scratches. For major scrapes, it’s best to let a professional handle it. This will save you more money in the long run.