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Windshield visibility kinda lame in direct sun

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   AYe,  98 legacy outback......

 

   In direct sun........  window is a little difficult to see through........

 

            If the windshield was a pair of safety glasses, I would get a new pair.....

It is the original windshield, it does not leak.....  not rust around the pillars....

no reason to open Pandora's box......

 

    Has anyone buffed a windshield before........??????

 

 

    Any recommendations??????   Products.... or How to go about this?

 

 Thanks , Micky

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Depends on what's on the windshield. Acid rain marks or any deposits from sediment or something such as overspray will come off with a polish kit or sometimes can be removed just by cleaning with a clay bar just like the paint.

http://www.eastwood.com/pro-glass-polishing-kit.html?mrkgcl=764&mrkgadid=%7B_mrkgadid%7D&rkg_id=h-9701dd57587cecce2e58e9f429fa5026_t-1511150581&product_id=%7Bproduct_id%7D&adpos=%7Badposition%7D&creative=%7Bcreative%7D&device=%7Bdevice%7D&matchtype=%7Bmatchtype%7D&network=%7Bnetwork%7D&SRCCODE=PLA00010&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI6PXbyaLM1wIVhbbACh0Fog2zEAQYAiABEgLgOvD_BwE

 

Little dings and chips from the sandblasting of debris against the windshield for the last 20 years won't come out no matter how hard you try.

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I've had this problem, but mostly with night-time vision.

The problem with my windshield (original equipment from 2002) was the many tiny pits caused by sand and road-grit over many years.

Full price for a replacement windshield was beyond my budget.

However I was recently 'lucky' enough to get the windshield hit by a flying stone.

This caused a decent size chip in the glass, right in the driver's field of vision.

My insurance covered a replacement windshield (minus my insurance deductible).

I can see clearly now...

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You don't have to wait until your windshield gets broken before you can claim insurance on it, just say it's a safety issue because you can't see where you're going.... They'd rather pay for a windshield replacement than a collision.

 

If you're really pissed off at your car, hit it with a hammer and say someone vandalized it and then claim insurance. It won't change you getting a new windshield, but it'll make you feel better...

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On a 98 do you have full coverage and glass replacement on your insurance policy or do you just have liability?

 

If you don't I wouldn't bother trying to get the insurance to cover it. 

 

Just bite the bullet and get it replaced.  After a good installer gets done you won't have any leaks. 

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Don't have autolite or whatever do it. I found a good glass installer by asking a body shop who they contract glass to. They don't use crap shops.

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THanks! good to know.. and something to think about......

 

Has anyone ever replaced one themselves.....????    looking to know what it was like....

 

  I have done three or four on loyales.......  (using quality window weld products)  haven't had any leaks.... lasted year and years...

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Don't even try it by yourself unless you are experienced in doing it. 

 

Just think.  You get the old one out and clean up all the old adhesive.  Then as you and a buddy pick up the new glass and go to set it onto the frame it slips and cracks.  Now you have to go buy another new piece of glass. 

 

It isn't worth it in my opinion.  It is one thing that is best left to the pros. 

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Do you have a haze on the inside of the windshield?  Try scrapping it with a fingernail and if it makes a mark, then you need to clean the inside of the windshield first.  This haze comes from outgassing of the plastics used on the interior of the vehicle and can be VERY difficult to remove.  I find that starting with a small bucket of hot water, a little dishwashing detergent and a washcloth works for the bulk of it.  Laundry detergent may work as well but I haven't tried that yet.

 

Wash the window on the inside, then wring out the washcloth and remove as much detergent as possible.  The rinse out the washcloth in plain water and finish removing any soapy residue.  Then dry with a microfiber cloth.  Do not use paper towels, cloth washcloths cut through the haze faster.  Use microfiber for drying only.  You may need to apply a lot of pressure to the microfiber cloth to get some of the residue off.  Just no easy way.

 

Use Rain-X on the outside of the windshield.  The best part of using Rain-X is not needing the wipers but that it doesn't allow rain water to form a film that can be difficult to see through in a down pour.  Forward visibility is greatly improved in a heavy rain.

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