Over time, road debris and other hazards can cause wear on your car's windshield. The surface pitting and chips can eventually leave you with a hazy and pitted perspective on the road. If your windshield has seen better days, you may want to consider applying glass polish to help restore its smooth, flawless finish. You can work with a local auto glass repair shop to polish the windshield if you prefer, but the job isn't so difficult that you couldn't do it on your own. Here's a look at what you'd need to know to do the job yourself.
Gathering The Things You'll Need
Before you get started on the process, you'll want to make sure that you have all of your supplies at hand. The last thing you'll want to do is get the windshield clean and ready for treatment, then have to go find all of the stuff to treat it. The longer the glass sits, the greater the risk of contamination or debris settling back onto the surface.
Before you start, grab a garden hose and a bucket. You'll also want a soft sponge to clean the surface of the glass with and a mild grease-cutting dish detergent for cleaning. You can get the auto glass polish at a local auto parts retailer or from some glass repair shops. Finally, you'll need an orbital sander with a polishing disc.
Preparing the Windshield Surface for Polishing
Yoiu can't polish the glass until you know that the surface is clean. Rinse the whole windshield with your garden hose to get rid of any loose surface debris. Then, create a solution with the dish detergent and some water in the bucket. Use the sponge to scrub the whole windshield with that solution, then rinse everything with the hose. Make sure everything is completely dry with a microfiber cloth.
Applying the Windshield Polish
Attach a glass polishing disc to your orbital sander to start prepping the windshield. They're usually a quick and easy Velcro attachment, so you can put it on quickly. Spray a little bit of glass polish on the surface of the windshield. Make sure you read the application instructions to see how much you need, because it can vary by brand.
Use the sander with the polishing disc to work that polish solution across the windshield. Work in circular motions as you make your way around the surface. Make sure that you focus on the spaces where there are visible pits. The polishing pad will work polish into those areas where it will harden and smooth out the surface. For more tips, work with a company like Performance Auto Glass.