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    After scrubbing for a hour with Maguairs water polish and getting no where with my water spots... I used the coarse end of a sponge pad. The spots came off great! However no I have a million fines swirl scratches on my passenger window and cannot see out of it at night time. Has gone made the same mistake? S here a way to polish the glass itself? Or am I out a new window?


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    1998 SVT CONTOUR T-RED #229 55,000
    2003 Chevy S10 4 door 4x4 51,000 miles
    2015 Mustang GT Premium Convertible Triple Yellow 1,800 miles

  • #2
    I've cleaned my windows for years with brillo pads and never scratched them so I'm at a loss on this?????
    2000 CSVT red and tan #1011

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    • #3
      I will post pics in the morning. It sucks. Maybe it was something of a combination of polish and the pad or maybe because it was a dollar store sponge. I don't know but this blows. It is difficult to see out of the window and my mirror now. Especially at night.


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      1998 SVT CONTOUR T-RED #229 55,000
      2003 Chevy S10 4 door 4x4 51,000 miles
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      • #4
        I don't know if you can see all the fine swirl scratches. It was very hard to get a pic of them. But they are all over the windows. I did just wax the windows today too so that probably didn't help with the pics either...

        Thanks for any and all advice!
        1998 SVT CONTOUR T-RED #229 55,000
        2003 Chevy S10 4 door 4x4 51,000 miles
        2015 Mustang GT Premium Convertible Triple Yellow 1,800 miles

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        • #5
          they sell glass polishing kits that you hit with a porter cable. I cant recommend a kit as i have never done it but you can try amazon and read the reviews. Example: https://www.amazon.com/Glass-Polishi...ass+polish+kit
          1999 CSVT T-Red w/tan - 5 speed - 18" wheels, HID lows and fogs, fram airhog filter, ypipe opt, res delete, and some fart cans.
          2008 Tahoe Midnight Blue metalic - 5.3L flex fuel 4x4 loaded - Airaid intake, SLP resonator delete/tips, Diablo programmer

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          • #6
            Thanks, looking at reviews now. Don't look too promising... Wish I had a porter cable... Maybe a good excuse to buy one :)


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            1998 SVT CONTOUR T-RED #229 55,000
            2003 Chevy S10 4 door 4x4 51,000 miles
            2015 Mustang GT Premium Convertible Triple Yellow 1,800 miles

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            • #7
              Those scratchy sponges can be pretty aggressive at times, but I've never run across one that would damage glass. Have to wonder what abrasive is in the Meguiars Water Spot Remover? If they cheaped out and used Pumice, it will damage glass. Proper glass polish is Cerium Oxide, which is known as 'optician's rouge'. If your time isn't worth anything, then try a glass polishing kit, but at some point, it's probably going to become more time and cost-effective to just buck up and replace the glass.
              I collect Ford's Red-headed step children.
              1985 SVO Mustang (turbocharged track rat)
              1989 Taurus SHO (supercharged track rat)
              1999 SVT Contour (Sedanus-Grocerygetter-Rapidus)
              2008 Mercury Milan Premier (Comfy boat)

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              • #8
                i would try it before spending hundreds on new glass. Heres an example of Cerium Oxide:

                 
                1999 CSVT T-Red w/tan - 5 speed - 18" wheels, HID lows and fogs, fram airhog filter, ypipe opt, res delete, and some fart cans.
                2008 Tahoe Midnight Blue metalic - 5.3L flex fuel 4x4 loaded - Airaid intake, SLP resonator delete/tips, Diablo programmer

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                • #9
                  My time is worth $45 an hour... So I dont know. I dont own a porter. So factoring that in plus the kit, plus my time. I don't know kinda at a loss. I would have to retint both passenger side windows which would be another $50 probably too... I just feel very stupid for this whole situation...
                  1998 SVT CONTOUR T-RED #229 55,000
                  2003 Chevy S10 4 door 4x4 51,000 miles
                  2015 Mustang GT Premium Convertible Triple Yellow 1,800 miles

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                  • #10
                    An 8oz container of Cerium Oxide and their polishing wheel will set you back $51 + ship, you could probably use a decent battery drill, you don't need an expensive polishing tool. Consider that you're not just removing a scratch, you're polishing the whole window, who knows how long that might take? How many windows are damaged?

                    RockAuto has window glass for Contours for about $72 per door, never changed glass in these cars, don't know what the time involved is for this, probably removal of the door interior panel. Have the tint shop re-tint your door glass before you install it in the car, this would probably save some dollars.

                    The best and most careful of us have done dumb things in the garage. This is a good read, I have more than a few contributions in this thread as gmorrell:
                    http://www.corner-carvers.com/forums...ad.php?t=37924
                    I collect Ford's Red-headed step children.
                    1985 SVO Mustang (turbocharged track rat)
                    1989 Taurus SHO (supercharged track rat)
                    1999 SVT Contour (Sedanus-Grocerygetter-Rapidus)
                    2008 Mercury Milan Premier (Comfy boat)

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                    • #11
                      2 both passenger windows are damaged. Good idea on tinting before installing the windows. I already wired and installed 4 new speakers in the car. So I am familiar with taking the panels off. They are a pain but I know how to do it. I'm thinking I might go with the new windows route, Will be about 130 dollars more including the tint but a lot less time wasted. And its really a toss up if the cerium oxide will even work... I appreciate all your guys input. Now if someone in San Diego has a porter cable they would be willing to loan could be another story...
                      1998 SVT CONTOUR T-RED #229 55,000
                      2003 Chevy S10 4 door 4x4 51,000 miles
                      2015 Mustang GT Premium Convertible Triple Yellow 1,800 miles

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