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I am about to change out the windshield gasket on my 65. The windshield has some glazing and lots of small marks from years of driving. I was thinking maybe it can be polished up and look a lot better. Does anyone have any experience with polishing a windshield?
 

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Many have tried, none succeed. If it bothers you, now is time to replace.

If you polished enough to get micro chips out, the thing would be way distorted.

I have a cerium oxide kit I bought from CR Lawrence 25 years ago to try and polish mine. 10 minutes in it was clear it was futile. It gets used occasionally to clean our flat cooktop and pellet stove door glass. I have enough left to last 150 more years. :) I cannot throw it away because "it's still good".
 

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It’s practically impossible to get out the imprinted grit marks left by decades of dust and sand hitting the windshield. The kits that promise to polish out the specks don’t tell you how hot the process makes the glass and more often than not you are left with a windshield that is completely ruined and you are worse off than before.

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It’s practically impossible to get out the imprinted grit marks left by decades of dust and sand hitting the windshield. The kits that promise to polish out the specks don’t tell you how hot the process makes the glass and more often than not you are left with a windshield that is completely ruined and you are worse off than before.

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I see well thanks for the info!
 

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I’m guessing the same applies the my fiberglass rear quarter windows?


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The guy that did the paint on my 64 before I got it apparently had the windows up when the DA sander went by and scratched up the windows pretty good. I started researching glass polishing and there are some kits out there and most have mixed reviews. Some people claim to get out some very nasty scratches others say it can't remove anything or it destroyed the glass. The one thing they all have in common is they say it may take hours to remove a scratch.
 

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Eastwood and others have glass polishing kits that will work nicely with patience. I once bought a used Thunderbird SC that had a 1" wide nasty scrape on the outside of the driver door glass from a misajusted follower. I figured the glass was trashed, and insisted they make it right before delivery. They had a glass specialist polish it out. I was amazed, even though I knew where the damage had been, it was hard to find. If all you need is to clear some haze, you'll do well with the glass you have now.
 

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I’m guessing the same applies the my fiberglass rear quarter windows?


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Far, far easier to polish plexi.
 

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The guy that did the paint on my 64 before I got it apparently had the windows up when the DA sander went by and scratched up the windows pretty good. I started researching glass polishing and there are some kits out there and most have mixed reviews. Some people claim to get out some very nasty scratches others say it can't remove anything or it destroyed the glass. The one thing they all have in common is they say it may take hours to remove a scratch.
True, but getting rid of haze is a lot easier.
 

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I have scratches in my original door window, passenger side. I’m going to try the method below. I’d like to keep the Carlite glass and save a couple hundred bucks.
 

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I fought a kit out of a company in the UK. Needed to removed some good scratches & gouges in a side window. Didn’t have much confidence it would work, but for the price I figured what did I have to lose. To my amazement, it worked really well. The scratches are gone, and I don’t see any distortion. Of course that is on a flat window. Not sure if the curved surface of a Windshield would be as successful.
 

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I have a buddy who had another windshield I will take a look at tomorrow. If it's in the same shape as mine I will try to buff mine out using the concoction in the video above. Maybe finish up with a some type of ultra fine polish. My wife had a scratch on here cell phone that I used fine polish on and it came out looking brand new. Worse comes to worse I have a back up windshield.
 

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So my dad who was a Corvair nut and won a 62 coupe in I think 1984 through a local Corvair club raffle. Nice enough car for free! All the glass had been polished including the windshield that had been through Northern winter hell. Some deep scratches had been polished to shiny deep scratches and it was probably a good improvement. I know nothing about the time involved in accomplishing
those results
 

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The road grime really beats up glass. The small pits Etc make looking into the morning sun brutal or at least in my Exp. I worked for a small import shop and had a MB 240 D as my bonus for working there. The windshield was beyond point when you hit the sun you could not see out of it. Im the first guy that would say give a polish a try and see what you get. If its not up to snuff then you know what you need to do. Safety would prevail! Note !!!!! even if you cut and buff your windshield with grit to polish you would be surprised. The buildup from years of rd crap is unique. Food for thought ! Give it a try not much to loose if it gives you some clarity and time to plan.
 
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