Youngest son just got his first (used) car. It seems to be working well
after his first month of ownership but it has an annoying visible
whitish arc about 1/16" wide on the passenger side of the windshield
caused by a broken wiper blade assembly which was dragging metal over
the glass. Said blade was on the car when he got it. (Why some people
will drive a car and ignore stuff like a busted wiper blade is what
separates us type of folks from the rest of the world.)
I remember when I was a kid (circa 1950) there used to be traveling
glass polishers who'd make the rounds of car dealerships and spruce up
the used car's windshields on the spot by polishing out scratches like
the one on son's new (to him) car. I expect those guys have gone the way
of the dodo by now.
IIRC they used cerium oxide with a felt buffing wheel in a drill motor
to work their magic.
I'd like to help my son fix that scratched line, it has insignificant
depth, and it's out of the passenger's straight line of vision, so a
perfect surface isn't required. Can someone here confirm that cerium
oxide is the the stuff to use and suggest a good place to buy a small
quantity and some suitable buffing wheels. Or, tell me what's being used
for polishing glass nowadays.
- posted 17 years ago