One might face a quite common problem of getting blinded by the headlights of the oncoming vehicles while driving at night. This gets even worse with the oncoming vehicle’s high beam headlights on. While most of us might think it is common to happen and that our eyes cannot take in such strong lights, the actual problem lies with the car windscreen.
If you closely observe your car’s windscreen you are most likely to see tiny scratches on the glass if you don’t have a showroom new car. These scratches might be circular or slanting in keeping with the movement of the wiper blades. Though very fine and minute, these scratches really make a bid difference when light diffraction and visibility are concerned. The scratches also attract more dirt and grime on the glass making for poorer visibility.
Let’s see what causes these rather harmful scratches on your car windscreen that cause safety issues, and how you can prevent them in the first place.
There are several factors that cause the scratches on a car windscreen. First reason is dust. No matter how fine or minute, dust, dirt and sand particles are the biggest culprits that cause the fine scratches on the windscreen. Cleaning the dirt with dry cloth worsens this. The best way to clean it is to wash with water and then dry with rubber glass wiper, or use a wet cloth.
Another primary windscreen scratcher is the wiper blades. The rubber part of the wiper blades hardens with time and when these operate on a dusty windscreen they cause the worst scratches. Thus, one should regularly replace the wiper blades. Even the wrong cleaning cloth can damage your car windscreen. It is best to use Microfibre cloth. Also use firm yet gentle strokes to clean your entire car after splashing it with water to avoid scratches.
Now, that we know what are the primary reasons behind the scratches and the best ways to avoid them, let us see what option do we have to fix the already existing windscreen scratches. While changing the windscreen of your car may seem to be the only option, you’ll be happy to know that you can actually reduce these issues with your old windscreen considerable without shelling out hefty amounts. It is a process known as windscreen buffing.
This glass buffing technique reduces the intensity of the scratches remarkably and adds shine that work wonders in improving the visibility of the car windscreen. The first step in the windscreen buffing process is to clean it with clay compound that removes the grime from the surface. Then a chemical compound is sprayed and buffed with a machine that rotates a microfiber cloth cleaner. Another chemical compound is then sprayed to polish the glass and is again buffed to get a thoroughly clean, glossy and shiny windscreen with greatly reduced scratches and a hugely enhanced visibility. This rather simple procedure is great and can be done personally without professional help as well.
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