Imagine you’re driving on a stormy day and the view is blurred by the storm. Now imagine that your windshield is all scratched up as well; that doesn’t make things any easier, does it?
Your windshield has a very crucial role in making your driving experience as safe as possible. It gives you the perfect view of the road, and allows you to see clearly while you’re behind the steering wheel. So imagine how difficult it would be to drive if your front view is compromised by a severely scratched windshield and bad weather.
According to a report, approximately 160,000 car accidents occur in Canada every year. Of this whopping figure, around 2800–2900 accidents result in death. Another report states that 22.7 percent of all car accidents happen because one car hit another and 5.8 percent occurred because of acts of nature.
Road safety is of utmost importance and you can’t possibly compromise on that. What may have started out as a small chip on your windshield caused by a tiny piece of gravel can quickly turn into a full fledge web. The small chip that you ignored before will now have transformed into a windshield breakage situation that you can’t possibly ignore—after all, it’s blocking your view.
Our experts at Crystal Glass in Alberta recommend all car owners to get chips and scratches on auto-glass sorted out as soon as possible. In its earliest stage, there’s a good possibility that the glass can be repaired but if you leave it untreated, it will certainly turn into a costlier replacement project.
Here are some steps that you can follow to temporarily manage the situation until you get professional help:
Step #1: Check the Depth
Usually, the DIY methods to temporarily fix a scratch generally work with small scratches only. So the first thing you need to do is check the depth of the scratch with your finger nail. Run your nail across the scratch and try to feel its depth. If the scratch is shallow, then your nail won’t feel the scratch at all and that’s the kind of scratch you can deal with at home. But if your nail seems to get stuck or sink into the scratch, then it’s probably pretty deep and you’ll have to get it sorted out by an auto-glass repair company.
Step #2: Gather the Supplies
Now assuming that the scratch on your windshield is shallow and can be temporarily fixed at home, you’ll need a few supplies do it. Here’s a list of what you’re going to need:
- Soft cloths,
- One spatula,
- Glass cleaner,
- Small bowls,
- Drill with a rubber polishing wheel and,
- Dry-erase tape.
In addition to the above mentioned products, you’ll also need a scratch-repair product. Your options include a clear acrylic nail polish which is easily available at home but would only work for the smallest scratches. The second option would be cerium oxide; and although it works well for shallow scratches, it isn’t something that you’d have at home. Lastly, white toothpaste and baking soda—some things you probably already have at home and while the crack might require you to apply multiply coats; it’ll work like a charm. You could also buy an acrylic scratch remover but it doesn’t do anything extra-ordinary that any of the above products can’t already do.
Step #3 Clean the Scratch
When your windshield or car windows are scratched, a slit is formed. Whether you’ve taken your car for a spin or not after it was scratched, dust and debris will find its way to that tiny space within the slit of the scratch. If you apply the scratch remover or the repair product without cleaning the target site, the dust particles will interfere with the bond of the product and glass. To avoid this, you need to first remove all the trapped dust and debris by cleaning the scratch with a glass cleaner.
Step #4 Mark the Repair Area
As you continue to work on the repair, it might get a little difficult to spot where the glass was scratched. That would be an unnecessary hindrance during work. What you can do is use a dry-erase marker to mark the area of the scratch on the undamaged side of the glass. Or you could also use tape to do the marking. This should help keep the area that you need to work on properly highlighted throughout the course of the repair.
Step #5 Ready the Repair Product
Depending on what repair product you choose to use, the specifics of this step can vary. And if you’re using an acrylic product, then that’s a ready-to-use product and doesn’t need any preparation at all.
If you’re using cerium oxide, mix the powder with water in a bowl and. Keep extra water on the side in case the mixture starts to dry out.
Similarly, you have to mix around 1 teaspoon of baking soda and a quarter teaspoon of white toothpaste with water. Continue mixing till slurry is formed and you can’t see the baking soda anymore.
Step #6 Apply and Clean
Once your repair product is prepared, you can now start applying the slurry in the scratch. Fill the scratch gently and buff it simultaneously. You may want to practice extra caution with cerium oxide because if the solution gets anywhere on the glass, it might cause more small scratches. While you may have to buff the glass surface in case of both cerium oxide and the homemade mixture, minimal buffing will be needed if you use acrylic scratch remover.
Once you’re done repairing the scratch, clean the entire window to remove any excess repair product from the glass.
Repairing a scratch at home is only a temporary way of delaying the onset of a bigger and deeper scratch. It’s a good way to contain the problem for a little time but don’t be mistaken, this won’t last for too long. For a long lasting and durable solution, you’ll have to reach out to a professional auto-glass repair service. Let us take care of the scratches for you. With our team of experts, we promise you exceptional services!