Just washed the car and the windows. Seems as though some grit was still stuck to the rear window and my enthusiastic scrubbing must have rubbed it into the surface and caused a scratch. It's very noticeable, but looks to be only a light scratch. Are there any products available for covering up window scratches? Recommendations?
If you hear anything, let me know. The MINI has the most easily scratchable windows I've ever seen.
MINI Cooper Cabrio: now the car with go cart handling really feels like an open go cart! "... the only man that can come home at 3 am in the morning without getting into trouble with his spouse is the owner of a British sports car!" -- Phil Bailey
I must say I'm very disappointed with the windows on the MINI. My front window cracked in the first couple of months. My rear window wasn't even that dirty. Here's hoping for some magic formula to get rid of the scratch!
My rear window is full of scratches. I'm guessing they're from scraping ice off in the winter. I've never seen windows that scratch this easily. Let me know if you find a fix besides replacing the glass. Maybe they can be polished out?
Done a bit of research at car care product web sites and haven't had much luck finding a solution. Plenty of glass cleaners and polishers, but nothing for glass scratches. The nearest I found was a windscreen repair kit at Halfords, but it's really for cracks and chips.
This kit contains everything you need to repair your vehicle's windscreen to MOT standards
Complete with step by step instructions you'll find it easy to repair star breaks, bulls eye cracks (Up to 10cm radius) and hairline cracks (up to 50cm).
5-6 repairs per kit
For best result, use this kit in warm, dry, daylight conditions
One factor in this whole deal is that auto safety glass utilizes a stressed surface to cause "crumbing" rather than "sharding" when it breaks. In manufacturing, as the glass begins cooling, they lightly stress the surface and allow it to cool. The result is that just about anything which relieves the surface tension locally (a scratch, ding, or abrasion) can suddenly cause the surface tension to be relieved for the whole glass, ie, a complete shattering. Be vewy, vewy careful (Elmer Fudd) when handling a scratch or you can zap your whole windshield. It's quite dramatic to watch!
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