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That's a tough one, are the scratches on the inside or outside? If they are on the outside, you can use toothpaste, or if they are deep, make a paste from scouring powder and water, and apply with a damp towel in a circular motion, rub lightly. If the scratches are on the inside, I really am not sure what you could do other than having some window film applied over the glass. The tinted film will have the additional benefit of eliminating the UV and reduce the solar buildup. I found out that the privacy glass does nothing to eliminate or reduce UV and heat, its strictly as the name implies privacy glass (looks cool). Since there are various degrees of window tint (darkness) you won't end up with windows so dark that you can't see through them at night, but it should cover the scratches. OF course, you have to be careful of the tint, it can be easily scratched as well. Hope this helps.


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you can try a glass polish (cerium oxide) on you back window but, if the scratches are on the inside near one of the defrost lines you are out of luck. if the scratches are on the outside then get a glass shop to attempt the repair. also, window film will only make the scratches more noticeable.
 

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If the scratches are on the outside try #0000 steel wool. In fact, this works well on any glass surface. Note, do NOT use it on mirror glass or anything plastic. It gets out the small scratches and puts a nice polish on the glass. Great for removing bugs while on the road too, keep one in a baggy to use at service stations.

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i have been in the glass business for twelve years and i would not recommend steel wool.
 

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Thanks for the tips. The glass scratches are on the outside. I will try your suggestions and post the results at a later date.
 

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Hi,

On my way to work this morning, a semi decides to cut me off on the freeway and in the process, some rocks came off his mudflaps and decide to make a permanent home on my windshield. Now, I have two cracks about 1/4 to 1/2 inches. Any suggestions on how to repair it (dyi vs. shop?) What kind of costs should I be looking at? Thanks for any help.
 

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by DTKWOK:
Hi,

On my way to work this morning, a semi decides to cut me off on the freeway and in the process, some rocks came off his mudflaps and decide to make a permanent home on my windshield. Now, I have two cracks about 1/4 to 1/2 inches. Any suggestions on how to repair it (dyi vs. shop?) What kind of costs should I be looking at? Thanks for any help.
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I've had great success in the past with a windshield repair kit I got at Pep Boys (around $5.00, if I remember correctly). It consists of a plastic syringe that you place over the chip or crack, then you create a vacuum in the area to be repaired before injecting the repair material - worked great for me, and probably saved me the cost of a windshield. I used it only on half-moon shaped chips caused by rocks; not sure if it would work as effectively on a longer crack.



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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by DTKWOK:
Hi,

On my way to work this morning, a semi decides to cut me off on the freeway and in the process, some rocks came off his mudflaps and decide to make a permanent home on my windshield. Now, I have two cracks about 1/4 to 1/2 inches. Any suggestions on how to repair it (dyi vs. shop?) What kind of costs should I be looking at? Thanks for any help.
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Had similar problem. Check your insurance. Mine paid for the repair in full. My deductable would apply only if windshield had to be replaced. If covered, be sure that the repair shop does "invisable" repair.
 

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I'd also advise checking your insurance. In most states, windshield repair is separate from your "comprehensive/collision" coverage, meaning no deductible, no insurance points, etc... and in some states, it's a legal requirement that they have it repaired for you with no out-of-pocket. If the windshield has to be replaced, is should also cover true OEM parts.
 

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Thank you groupset, sa9651, and Bigrob for the advice. Just got off the phone with the insurance company and they authorized a mobile windshield company to repair with no out-of-pocket. See, that's what makes this forum one of the best, members actually help each other out! Thanks again.
 

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Glad the suggestion fit! I've been trying to keep up with all the info posted tho I can't use til my order goes in for an '02. (Still pushing an ol 97 Windstar around.) This is a FANTASTIC site, isn't it?
 
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