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Old 25th November 2005, 22:28   #16
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A coconut shattered my wifes M 800 rear screen - was held together by the film.

Rang them up at 1 pm - gave me a quote and we fixed up for 4.00pm - they arrived a little late. Placed canvas in and around the car, knocked everything out and replaced the glass in 20 min flat - all for Rs 900. Only criticism is that the poor guys do not wear gloves

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Hi all,

I have very very fine scratch like lines on my windshield. Very difficult to spot in the day or even in the night. But when the headlights from the opposing traffic focus on my car, I clearly see these scratch like lines. In fact they are very distracting when there is high-beam traffic from the opposite.

I tried to analyse what these scratches could be and tried all that a lot of what has been suggested on TBHP...like toothpaste, newspaper...All the windshild got cleaned with not steacky/oily layer now but these fine scratch lines remain.

2 of these scratch lines seem to be in the direction of the wiper movement and are 4 to 5 inches in length. But there are others witch are very small (quarter of inches in length) and are seen in virtuall all directions (horizntal, vertical and a lot of them in sort of semi-concentric circles)....

I may have been guilty of having changed the wipers very late...so that may have caused the 2 longer lines, but others, I have no clue?

What can be the cause?

And more importantly, need HELP.....


Please advice me on how to clean up these?
Night driving has become a problem (especially on undevided roads).

And the scratches are so fine, it sounds a BIG OVERKILL to change the windshield for this (and very expensive too)...



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Since you have already tried the other methods, like toothpaste etc, there is NO other way than to go for the BIG OVERKILL.

Its for your own safety during the night drives.

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change the windscreen as soon as you can.
safety first.
you can take an insurance claim on it.i think you'll have to bear the cost of the sealant though.(ncb goes too).
and this time get a good pair of wipers and windshield washer fluid in the wiper wash reservoir tank.
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You can try to get it buffed from some experienced workshop, but if you have some minor cracks they wont be able to do it.

They will charge you around 1k.

My suggestion, get the WS changed.
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It happens mainly because :

1.Cleaning the windscreed with cloth when there is dust on it and without pouring water on it.

2. Use of wiper without spraying water when there are dust particles on the screen.

3.Writing names on a "dust full" windscreen

Now the only thing i think you can do is change it under insurance...if at all its creating problems in night light.
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[quote]may have been guilty of having changed the wipers very late...so that may have caused the 2 longer lines, but others, I have no clue?[quote]
Do you have a car washing guy? ask him..
No practical way to remove scratches, you can get them replaced.
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change the windscreen as soon as you can.
safety first.
you can take an insurance claim on it.i think you'll have to bear the cost of the sealant though.(ncb goes too).
and this time get a good pair of wipers and windshield washer fluid in the wiper wash reservoir tank.
Can the insurance be claimed for these minor scratches?

How?
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Can the insurance be claimed for these minor scratches?How?
Insurance can be claimed for changed windscreen not for rectifying the minor scratches.
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Oh ya, I mean can the windscreen be replaced under insurrance simply because it had developed scratches?
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Anandpadhye,

Please PM me and tell me which thread you would like your thread merged into.

Also, please search before creating a new thread.

1.

2. (Scratches on the Windshield)

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4. (Windshield Scratches removal)

5. (Windscreen Grime Hazards!)

6.


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Oh ya, I mean can the windscreen be replaced under insurrance simply because it had developed scratches?
Well, then i reckon the only way out is break it and then claim insurance
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I had to change my windscreen when a coconut fell from a 3-story-high tree and smashed it... all I paid was 1k for the claim. This may not sound very sane, but it's the only way to get it replaced without paying: inflict a little damage to the windscreen and claim
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The dealer also asked me to bring the car in and if I don't have a heart to do it myself, he said he will break the windscreen after I leave and claim the insurance.

I am not sure if I should take this route (costs may force me to...but still)...

BTW, I encountered an interesting post at:
Scratched Windscreen [Archive] - MBClub Forums

The relevant post says:
Glass is not actually a solid. Because of the high melting point at normal temperature it is a supercooled fluid. (so effing what, millions cry!)

The answer is that it will very slowly flow, as seen in old windows where the glass has started to bow out at the bottom. So heavy long term rubbing with a chammy leather alone can actually make the glass flow into small scratched areas.
I have done this on a couple of old glass items and it works. But be warned, it takes a long time!

And this is what BMW site says:
Windscreens

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A Genuine BMW windscreen has to prove in countless tests that it too can handle stone chips and scratches.
...
Not every little scratch needs to result in the windscreen being replaced completely. In around 70% of cases, your BMW dealer has a more economical solution – they repair the damage with a special UV sensitive resin that matches the refractive index of the windscreen and which hardens immediately to a crystal clear finish, as tough as glass. This method is only effective however, if carried out shortly after the damage is sustained.

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Mods,
Please merge this thread with windshield experts thread...

I had done a search for exisitng threads but only with the word "windscreen". Forgot to try "windshield"....

My apologies.

BTW, called up windshield experts. They said they will replace the windshield and the price quoted was better than Honda dealer.

They also said they could try polishing the current windshield but on some occasions that had broken the glass.

I will visit them soon if no in-house remedy is found....
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