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Offline DaleReid

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Another car detailing question: Paste wax for the windshield?
« on: November 13, 2023, 07:16:11 PM »
Some years ago I was watching a video  on utube from a guy who seemed to have a big following and energetic (well, almost frantic) presentation style.

He supposedly was a professional detailer and there were  a lot of videos about cleaning, repairing and so on from tip to tail of the car.

One thing that I was curious about was tying to get those annoying tiny scratches or chips out of a windshield, which seems more common where there is a lot of wind and sand which pits the surface.  Driving into the sun makes them all glow and hard to see. Yet a new windshield is expensive.

I saw various suggestions for taking 0000 steel wool and water to do a very lengthy rub.  Having made one reflective mirror for a telescope, I know that the final grinding and polishing is done with something as non-intuitive as rouge to polish, so steel wool while odd didn't seem out of the question.  Not confident enough to try that, I passed on trying it.

Then this frantic detailer said he just used a good quality paste wax on the windshield and while neither completely restorative nor long lasating, seemed to make sense that it might fill the divots just a bit and perhaps work for awhile.

Has anyone experience with putting paste wax on a windshiled, either to reduce pitting glare or to replace RainX?
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Re: Another car detailing question: Paste wax for the windshield?
« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2023, 07:34:19 PM »
Yet a new windshield is expensive.

I saw various suggestions for taking 0000 steel wool and water to do a very lengthy rub. 
Here in AZ, rocks in the windshield are like a 100 degree day...inevitable. Exactly why I have a zero detectable for glass. I literally have replaced over a dozen, at no cost to me...well, you know what I mean. We always pay in the long run...

The steel wool is excellent at taking off hard water stains, which we excel at as well, but even that is an elbow grinder. Forget chips.

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Re: Another car detailing question: Paste wax for the windshield?
« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2023, 03:08:06 PM »
 Can't vouch for any of the speciality glass coatings. I never used them. You may want to consider a polish rather than wax or some other coating.

I recalled seeing this product (Ceriglass) a long time ago. It is said to reduce pitting and scratches.

I've not used this product but it might be used a last resort before changing the windshield.

Found a Ceriglass glass polish review here:
https://www.autogeekonline.net/forum/product-reviews/43988-review-carpro-ceriglass.html
According to the reviewer, he obtained very good results.

I would not attempt trying this by hand. Glass is hard. You will need a polisher with a special foam pad. See review.

Hope that helps.

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Re: Another car detailing question: Paste wax for the windshield?
« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2023, 04:05:04 PM »
I've used CarPro CeriGlass before and its very good for water spots that are baked on the glass.  it will also help with minor scratches on glass but nothing more than that.
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Re: Another car detailing question: Paste wax for the windshield?
« Reply #4 on: November 15, 2023, 07:47:57 AM »
Thanks. Good to know someone here has actually used this stuff.

If it can take out a scratch, even a minor one, it might help with windshields that have been "micro-sandblasted" over the years and developed that characteristic haze.
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