DIY Windshield Scratch Repair

Windshield scratch repair can sometimes become inevitable particularly when a lot of scratches are noticed on the windshield. The smallest scratch on a windshield can cause the whole windshield to break; therefore, special precaution is advised when handling such damage. The best way to go about windshield scratch repair is to have a professional handle it, but doing it yourself is also an available and welcome option. It is easy to fix a windshield scratch, but the method by which it is done may depend on the kind of scratch present. The few steps below might give you a couple of helpful ideas when it comes to windshield scratch repair.

Tools and Materials Needed:

  • Safety goggles
  • Thick rubber gloves
  • Protective overalls
  • Windshield repair kit
  • 2 tablespoons of glycerin
  • 2 tablespoons of water
  • 2 tablespoons of jeweler’s rouge
  • Spraying hose
  • Mild soap
  • Terrycloth

Step 1 – Assess the Damage

Look at the scratched site on the windshield and use your fingernail to feel the scratch lightly. You will be able to tell whether the scratch is shallow or deep by just a touch of your finger. Usually, if the scratch is shallow, it would feel smooth to the touch. If the scratch is deep, it often feels rough and brittle. Be very gentle when it comes to assessing the windshield scratch, since you might aggravate the damage or cause the whole windshield to break.

Step 2 – Wear Safety Gear

Wear the goggles, gloves, and overalls to protect you from the possibility of the windshield breaking. The protective gear will ensure that you are protected from any glass debris in the event of such an incident.

Step 3 – Clean the Affected Area

Soak the windshield with water and use mild soap to clean the whole windshield.

Step 4 – Leave the Windshield to Dry

Wait for the windshield to dry. The windshield has to be dry for the solution to work properly.

Step 5 – Mix the Solution

Mix the windshield repair kit into a container. You can also use the jeweler’s rouge, water and glycerin to make a windshield scratch repair solution. Make sure the jeweler’s rouge is red before mixing it in a solution, since the red jeweler’s rouge is the most effective type.

Step 6 – Use the Solution

Apply the solution generously onto the scratch using your gloved fingers. Do not apply too much pressure when spreading the solution. Wait for about 30 to 40 minutes for the solution to settle into the crack.

Step 7 – Hose the Windshield Down

Use the spray hose to water the solution you applied onto the windshield crack to wash it away. After the solution is completely gone, use the terrycloth to dry the affected area.

Step 8 – Repeat the Process as Needed

Repeat the process of repairing the windshield crack after 6 months, or if the crack is still very visible even after application of the solution.

A windshield crack is repairable, but the same crack may come back after a few months. Regularly observe the site of the crack to see if it needs repair again occasionally. If the crack is too deep, or if it persists after numerous applications of the windshield repair solution, it might be time to consider replacing the whole windshield.