How To Fix Minor Scratches In A Car Window

Scratches on a window can be distracting to a driver and have the potential to impair the visibility of the person driving. Scratches can be caused by simply driving on a daily basis as the dirt and debris that is thrown into the air as a car drives by comes into contact with the windows. Fixing the scratches can be done with some simple items that you can pick up at a local hardware store or an auto body shop. Here is a simple list of step-by-step instructions on how to fix the scratches on a window.

To complete the task and fix the scratches on your window you will need the following items;

  • Rubber gloves
  • Dish soap
  • Water
  • Sponge
  • A bunch of clean rags
  • A canister of polishing compound
  • Applicator pad

1 - Start by putting on a pair of rubber gloves on your hands and leave them on throughout this entire process. The gloves will protect you from having the compound come into contact with your skin. If compound does come into contact with your skin wash it off with soap and water immediately. Afterwards is the area that was touched by compound becomes itchy or develops a rash, please contact your family physician immediately.

2 - Wash off the dirt and debris off the window or windshield using dish soap and water. Once the dirt has been removed, rinse the window with water and then dry it by hand using a clean rag. Do not attempt to apply compound to the window while it is wet.

3 - Open the canister of compound and apply it to the applicator pad. Make sure not to overload the pad with excess amounts of compound and only use small amounts. You can always add more compound to the applicator if necessary.

4 - Take the applicator and apply the compound in a circular motion to the entire area where the scratches are located on the window. The compound will work to fill in any minor imperfections in the window and fill the scratches.

5 - After the compound was been applied and had a chance to coat the window, use a clean rag and gently wipe away the compound that remains on the window to complete the job.

This method is effective for the treatment of minor scratches on windows, but major scratches or chips should be handled by a professional auto body specialist that deals in the restoration or repair of windows. An auto body specialist that repairs windows will have specialized chemicals that can treat scratches in windows and they can use a buffer to get the imperfections back to the original appearance of the window. If you're unsure of the seriousness of any scratches or chips in your vehicle's windows or windshield, bring your vehicle to a specialist at a business like Mid-Atlantic Muffler & Brake.