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The windshield is one of the most important parts of a car, not only allowing the driver to see clearly out the front, but playing a vital role in the structural integrity of the car. If the windshield becomes scratched, then the safety of the driver and passengers becomes compromised, since a windshield scratch can obstruct the view of the driver and in some cases if the sun is shining through at a certain angle the driver can be blinded, making windshield scratch repair a top priority.
Even if the scratch isn’t causing any safety concerns, it’s still an eyesore, and even a small scratch will make the best-looking cars look degraded and unmaintained. A scratch will also significantly lower the value of your car, as any prospective buyers will be immediately be put off by a windshield scratch.
It is possible to repair a glass scratch yourself with a cerium oxide windshield scratch removal kit, but it can be extremely problematic unless you know exactly what you’re doing. With many of the over the counter glass repair kits it’s easy to overheat the glass, causing it to crack if the polish dries out, and additionally, a fair amount of skill is required to keep the surface consistent to prevent optical distortion.
The difference between a crack and a scratch can be subtle. While it’s possible to repair a small glass scratch, it’s not possible to repair if the scratch is deep, and potentially a crack, which compromises the structural integrity of the entire windshield.
A scratch that’s deep enough can worsen over time on car glass, because unlike a piece of stationary glass, a car is mobile, often driven on bumpy roads. If this is the case then it’s not possible to repair the windshield scratch, and you should get your full windshield replaced as soon as possible.