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How to get scratches out of a car windscreen

Updated February 21, 2017

Those who travel on recently resurfaced roads or on off-road tracks know it doesn't take long to get chips or scratches in a car's windscreen. Even if you don't travel on rough road surfaces, you may end up with windscreen scratches when the car travelling in front of you throws up stone chips, dirt and debris from the road. You can get scratches out of a car windscreen the same way you remove scratches from other types of glass.

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  1. Spray window cleaner on and around the windscreen scratch you want to repair.

  2. Wipe off the window cleaner with a soft cloth, taking care to wipe the length of the scratch dry.

  3. Paint clear nail polish down the entire scratch with the nail polish brush included in the nail polish. Dip the nail polish brush into the polish and skim over the windscreen scratch on a second pass to ensure the scratch is thoroughly coated.

  4. Apply nail polish remover to a soft cloth, and remove all excess nail polish from the edges of the scratch.

  5. Repeat this process for other windscreen scratches.

  6. Clean the scratch and the area around the scratch with a damp cloth.

  7. Wipe the scratch dry using a lint-free towel.

  8. Apply metal polish to a soft cloth.

  9. Wipe the entire length of the windscreen scratch with the soft cloth, using a back-and-forth motion. Rub the metal polish into the windscreen scratch until it is gone.

  10. Repeat this process for other windscreen scratches.

  11. Tip

    Use soft cloths rather than paper towels to clean your car windscreen. Many paper towel products are abrasive and will scratch the surface of the windscreen. You can purchase a windshield scratch repair kit at some car supply stores (most start at around £180, based on 2013 prices), and many windscreen repair experts will come to your house 24/7 to repair a windscreen scratch.

    You can remove only surface scratches from your windscreen using nail polish or metal polish. For deeper scratches, you must purchase a scratch removal kit. For scratches in the line of vision of your driving, you may need to replace the windshield.


    Be careful when you repair the windscreen scratch with metal cleaner that you keep the cloth only on the windscreen scratch. If you wander outside the scratched area, you could cause some small scratches.

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Things You'll Need

  • Window cleaner
  • 2 soft cloths
  • Clear nail polish
  • Nail polish remover
  • Damp cloth
  • Metal polish
  • Lint-free towel

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