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Windshield Rash


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Are Porsche windshields prone to rash(small chips)?

I have a 2008 RS 60 Spyder with 4500 miles(not a daily driver) and like my previous Porsche(2004 Cayenne S, which was a daily driver) I am seeing alot of sparkles as I drive toward the sun. I had a clear bra installed by Brumos before taking delivery in March and I don't see any problems with the front end paint protection...but as careful as I have been to not follow traffic too closely, it sure is annoying to see all these little sparkles.

Is there a product out there, and if so, should I attempt to fix myself? I've seen products for larger chips and stars. Is that the type of product I should look into. Is there anything short of replacing windshield (at a later date, of course) or just driving in opposite direction :rolleyes: ?

Thanks

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Are Porsche windshields prone to rash(small chips)?

I have a 2008 RS 60 Spyder with 4500 miles(not a daily driver) and like my previous Porsche(2004 Cayenne S, which was a daily driver) I am seeing alot of sparkles as I drive toward the sun. I had a clear bra installed by Brumos before taking delivery in March and I don't see any problems with the front end paint protection...but as careful as I have been to not follow traffic too closely, it sure is annoying to see all these little sparkles.

Is there a product out there, and if so, should I attempt to fix myself? I've seen products for larger chips and stars. Is that the type of product I should look into. Is there anything short of replacing windshield (at a later date, of course) or just driving in opposite direction :rolleyes: ?

Thanks

Here is a link to a product I think you are looking for, The name of the company is ReconExpress ( http://www.reconexpress.com/ )

http://www.metacafe.com/watch/793138/auto_...ioning_service/

Dave

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Very interesting product, I wonder how it stands up to the wiper movements? As it is a flexible substance I would think that it must be softer then glass, which is why it can absorb the shock of debris hitting the windshield.

Any idea of the cost to do a Boxster windshield?

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I just had a new windscreen installed, Porsche original equipment glass made by Saint-Gobain Sekurit. I didn't notice until after the installer was gone and I was cleaning it up that it was alarmingly speckled over its entire exterior surface. With bright light, the right angle, and a close view, it looked more like tiny razor cuts 0.5mm long than pin points, actually, if that makes any sense. Wouldn't wipe off with glass cleaner or naphtha. I was peeved.

On a whim, I hand polished it with Meguiar's polish/glaze, same stuff I use on the paint. Speckling virtually gone.

Try that?

--Brian

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I just had a new windscreen installed, Porsche original equipment glass made by Saint-Gobain Sekurit. I didn't notice until after the installer was gone and I was cleaning it up that it was alarmingly speckled over its entire exterior surface. With bright light, the right angle, and a close view, it looked more like tiny razor cuts 0.5mm long than pin points, actually, if that makes any sense. Wouldn't wipe off with glass cleaner or naphtha. I was peeved.

On a whim, I hand polished it with Meguiar's polish/glaze, same stuff I use on the paint. Speckling virtually gone.

Try that?

--Brian

Hmmm, that gives me an idea, Griots sells windshield polishing compound, I wonder if this would 'fix' some of the smaller imperfections and make the whole situation a little more tolerable? But...

I was worried that polishing the windshield would 1) remove any protective coatings, and 2) produce a web of fine scratches that would reflect the light (much like swirl marks on paint)?

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I just had a new windscreen installed, Porsche original equipment glass made by Saint-Gobain Sekurit. I didn't notice until after the installer was gone and I was cleaning it up that it was alarmingly speckled over its entire exterior surface. With bright light, the right angle, and a close view, it looked more like tiny razor cuts 0.5mm long than pin points, actually, if that makes any sense. Wouldn't wipe off with glass cleaner or naphtha. I was peeved.

On a whim, I hand polished it with Meguiar's polish/glaze, same stuff I use on the paint. Speckling virtually gone.

Try that?

--Brian

Hmmm, that gives me an idea, Griots sells windshield polishing compound, I wonder if this would 'fix' some of the smaller imperfections and make the whole situation a little more tolerable? But...

I was worried that polishing the windshield would 1) remove any protective coatings, and 2) produce a web of fine scratches that would reflect the light (much like swirl marks on paint)?

Some windscreens do have a coating/treatment on their interior, so I would hesitate to polish the inside without knowing. But, I don't personally worry about the outside. I have used clay and ordinary paint polish on my glass for years. Ford, Toyota/Lexus, GM, Porsche....no issues. Although I have no way of knowing, my feeling is that glass and plastic polishes are not any different than paint polishes, which come in different levels of aggressiveness. My guess is that these specialty polishes are simply just fairly low cut and perhaps tinted blue or something. I generally only use Meguiars, having a few grades on hand and only using the least aggressive to get the job done. No doubt, you can scratch and etch glass, but really, would polish (and a buffing method) that is safe for your clearcoat be likely to do any damage to glass? As they say, though, test in an inconspicuous area first.

--Brian

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