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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-11-2019, 06:10 PM Thread Starter
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Innumerable tiny defects in windshield

I just bought a 2018 hybrid in April 2019. It was sitting on the dealer showroom floor, don't know how long.
When the sun hits the windshield at a particular angle, the windshield shows myriad, tiny bubbles or dots or imperfections, very uniform.
They do not wash off.
The dealer doesn't really believe me because unless the sun is just at the right angle, they are almost invisible.
They are a big issue for me because of:
1. The sun hits the windshield at "the" angle sometimes when you drive.
2. At night. I suspect those tiny imperfections cause some glare with headlights.

Has anybody else noticed this issue?
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-11-2019, 08:03 PM
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Take it to a different dealer.
Is this a vehicle you bought new?
If used, sounds like rock or sand chips.
What area do you live in?

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Those "tiny imperfections" in wind screen are probably dried hard water spots. I had what you are describing. they will not wash off with soap and water. You need to use a wet steel wool pad.......tortus
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Those "tiny imperfections" in wind screen are probably dried hard water spots. I had what you are describing. they will not wash off with soap and water. You need to use a wet steel wool pad.......tortus
If this is the case, try a can of coke poured on the windshield, then rinse.

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Those "tiny imperfections" in wind screen are probably dried hard water spots. I had what you are describing. they will not wash off with soap and water. You need to use a wet steel wool pad.......tortus
Once I made a mistake of cleaning an oven window with a steel wool. Never again I will put a steel wool against glass.

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Once I made a mistake of cleaning an oven window with a steel wool. Never again I will put a steel wool against glass.
Yeah, I wold be real careful.
Tried that on a pair of sunglasses (glass) and they had to be tossed.

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This may have been something that you used to be able to do, maybe there are now special coatings on windshields that steel wool could damage. But I have heard using steel wool is the best method for cleaning a bug encrusted windshield, although I have never tried it. I was told you have to use the finest grade 0000 and I would definitely do a test somewhere that is out of your normal field of view. Another option would be to use a clay bar.

I once owned a car which was accidentally covered with 2-part epoxy over spray from a large painting job. Mine was one of hundreds that got over sprayed. The painting company had to have all the cars detailed and they used a clay bar to remove the small droplets.

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Clay bar. Not even 0000 steel wool. It may be safe in some situations, but it is very easy to rub just a bit too hard with it and leave a permanent haze.

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Hmmm... I'm just seeing this now.



My windshield was spattered with tiny spots - it almost looked like I had driven through a mist of varnish. Wasn't too apparent until I was driving into the sun; but then it was awful. At first I thought it was tree sap - but driving through heavy rain and repeated cleanings at gas stations didn't make a difference. We purchased our van as used (it had been a rental), so I just assuming something had happened in its prior life.



Then my husband tried using some 3-M Glass Cleaner which seems to be a lot more heavy-duty than Windex - and it took the spots off! I think he got the 3-M at a car parts store.
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