A Few Tips to Keep Your Vehicle’s Glass Clear and Polished
It may seem like a simple thing, but it’s really important to take good care of your vehicle’s glass, both to maintain a clear line of sight for the driver and prevent expensive damage to the glass.
Hopefully, these suggestions from your friends at Frank’s Auto Glass will help you accomplish all that.
Washing the Glass
This should be the last thing you do after you’ve washed your car.
- Avoid sunlight: It’s best to wash the glass when your vehicle’s not exposed to direct sunlight because the sun can dry glass polish too quickly, leaving streaks behind.
- Supplies: Have the right supplies, a glass cleaner made for vehicle glass and a microfiber towel or two. Avoid household glass cleaners that contain chemicals like ammonia that can damage your glass. The microfiber towels can remove accumulated dirt and grime without damaging the glass.
- Lower the glass: For the side windows, roll the windows down partway so you can clean the top of the glass.
- Spray and clean: Spray the outside of the glass with the glass cleaner and wipe from side to side with the towel. Repeat on the inside of the glass and be sure to clean the top edge of the glass.
- Roll up and clean: Roll up the side windows and clean the lower part of the glass inside and out.
- Windshield and back window: Repeat the above steps, thoroughly cleaning both sides of the windshield and your rear glass.
- Water spray: To avoid any streaking, gently spray the outside of your vehicle glass with a hose, and use a spray bottle for the interior side. Wipe dry with a microfiber towel.
Polishing the Windshield and Other Glass
Now you’re ready to polish your vehicle’s glass.
- Again, supplies: For polishing, you’ll again want microfiber towels, a glass polishing liquid, polishing pads, or an electric polishing machine. The machines can get a little pricey, so you might want to use the pads that you can get in glass polishing kits.
- Preparation: Dab a little lubricating oil on the pads to reduce abrasiveness, then spread the manufacturer’s recommended amount of polishing liquid across the pads
- Application: Use the pads to apply the polishing liquid to all glass you want to polish and allow it to dry for about a half-hour. Pay particular attention to light scratches and dings you’re trying to remove. Use water to remove any remaining polishing liquid.
NOTE: If you’re using an electric buffer, be aware that it has a motion of its own. When you move it to the right, it tends to move up, and then it moves down when you move to the left. Don’t fight the machine’s “natural” motion, just learn to use it and “go with the flow,” so to speak.
Complete Auto Glass Services at Frank’s Auto Glass
We hope you find these tips helpful, and we hope any time you need high quality automotive glass repair or replacement or automotive lock service, you’ll come to Frank’s Auto Glass. And if you can’t come to us, just give us a call, and we’ll come to you with our mobile repair and replacement services.
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