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    Thread: How to restore old windows to former glory

    1. Semi-n00b
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      08-08-2012 11:26 AM #1
      Hello everyone,

      I have a 1986 VW Cabriolet. I'm in the middle of restoring the exterior right now and the windows are dirty from old age. I have tried clay bar and other car window cleaners to no avail. I was thinking about CLR ing the windows to see if that gets it off. Anyone face a similar problem in their restoration jobs?

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      08-08-2012 02:15 PM #2
      Possibly try polishing with cerium oxide.

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      08-09-2012 03:53 PM #3
      If it's just a buildup of film and not scratches you might try Brasso or Silvo. They have very fine abrasives which will remove the film and leave glass smooth. Try in a corner first just to be sure the glass will not be scratched.
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    4. 09-25-2012 09:59 PM #4
      I had a 1996 Trek that I use to take a 43 mile ride on the Long Island Expressway, back and forth. What was worse, at that time there was a lot of Road Construction and the those huge 18 wheelers
      carrying loads of sand. The damn trucks would ride the middle lane and speed at about 70 MPH. Every little bump in the road, and their tailgates would spread their joy to whatever poor soul was behind these windsheild destroyer's.
      Anyway, my windshield was so weather beaten(that's what the insurance company would call it),that if I drove into a sunset, my front windsheild would blot out from all the chips in it.
      Mercifully, a stone finally cracked it and I had FULL GLASS policy. I took it to a qualified Glass
      Repair center and I told him how bad this window was. He replied, that I could had it replace years ago if I brougt it in and had it inspected. I would have been covered due to "weathering".
      Don't mess with trying to get it fixed, just replace it.(that's if you have full glass coverage).

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      03-10-2013 08:25 PM #5
      Thanks everyone

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      03-13-2013 12:45 AM #6
      so basically

      replace with new instead of trying to buff it out

      mine is also "sand blasted" from 30 years of use and its difficult to see in the sunrise/set glare

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      03-14-2013 09:14 AM #7
      There may be help on the horizon. My dad says their is a south american product that will get it out. They use it at work(Chevy Dealer) to get crap off customers car windows. My buddy says too that spray on foamy window cleaner with a sharp straight flat blade will do it, just got to be careful about scratching the window.

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      04-15-2013 10:54 AM #8
      Depends on what they are dirty with, or if it's "weathering" as the poster above said.

      Dirt/Stain is cleanable, weathering isn't in any practical sense.

      Assuming this is a front windscreen, replace the glass. Unless they have become rare and
      expensive in the last few years it's a trivial cost compared to the benefit. If you cover any kinda
      road miles, a windscreen is a wear item.

      Also, cut it out at home and inspect the windscreen frame for rust before calling a glass guy.

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