2020-B2-2

Author Topic: Passenger Side Inside Glass Scratches  (Read 452 times)

cyber104

  • Active Forum Member
  • *
  • Posts: 903
Passenger Side Inside Glass Scratches
« on: July 29, 2020, 06:12:18 AM »
Hi All:

The glass in my car isn't in the greatest shape - especially on the outside where some PO hit it in several places with what looks like 36 grit sandpaper....anyway..........

I noticed a series of vertical scratches on the inside of the passenger window - in the below picture (if you can see it) they are right near the mirror.

I know many of you guys have spent countless hours inside the doors of these cars - I have not.

Any thoughts on what could be causing these scratches?  The window seems to move freely and I don't hear any odd noises as it goes up and down.

Thanks!

1978 TA 4-Speed W72

Warren Seale

  • Active Forum Member
  • *
  • Posts: 837
79 T/A,WS6,403,A3
96 T/A,WS6(#1344),M6
72 442,W30,A3
96 Vette Grand Sport convertible,F45,LT4,M6
06 Vette convertible,Z51,M6

cyber104

  • Active Forum Member
  • *
  • Posts: 903
Re: Passenger Side Inside Glass Scratches
« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2020, 08:08:14 AM »
OK - I'm betting you are right!

Is there any way to polish those scratches out of the glass?
1978 TA 4-Speed W72

Grand73Am

  • Oracle Forum Member
  • *
  • Posts: 10314
Re: Passenger Side Inside Glass Scratches
« Reply #3 on: July 29, 2020, 08:36:14 AM »


Is there any way to polish those scratches out of the glass?

The general rule is if the scratch is deep enough to catch with your fingernail, it's too deep to polish out. I've seen glass scratch repair kits with varying grits of sandpaper and polishing compound, but by the time you buy the kit, go through the time and mess of the process, with questionable results, you'd be better off buying a new glass.
Steve F.

cyber104

  • Active Forum Member
  • *
  • Posts: 903
Re: Passenger Side Inside Glass Scratches
« Reply #4 on: July 29, 2020, 09:10:21 AM »
The ebay ones look just like self stick velcro.......

Yes - the scratches are at the guide for sure - but it's not to bare metal - the "fuzz" is just compressed flat and it looks original.  I guess it could have caused the scratches somehow?
1978 TA 4-Speed W72

NOT A TA

  • Oracle Forum Member
  • *
  • Posts: 3520
Re: Passenger Side Inside Glass Scratches
« Reply #5 on: July 29, 2020, 09:19:47 AM »
The ebay ones look just like self stick velcro.......

Yes - the scratches are at the guide for sure - but it's not to bare metal - the "fuzz" is just compressed flat and it looks original.  I guess it could have caused the scratches somehow?

I used the self stick velcro and they stayed in place 20 years till I took the car apart. Curious, I walked out to the garage and checked on them. Now at 30 years they're still firmly in place but loaded with primer ahaha. I'll install new during reassembly.
John Paige
Lab-14.com

cyber104

  • Active Forum Member
  • *
  • Posts: 903
Re: Passenger Side Inside Glass Scratches
« Reply #6 on: July 29, 2020, 09:53:35 AM »
The ebay ones look just like self stick velcro.......

Yes - the scratches are at the guide for sure - but it's not to bare metal - the "fuzz" is just compressed flat and it looks original.  I guess it could have caused the scratches somehow?

I used the self stick velcro and they stayed in place 20 years till I took the car apart. Curious, I walked out to the garage and checked on them. Now at 30 years they're still firmly in place but loaded with primer ahaha. I'll install new during reassembly.

Thx for the feedback - seems like a good low cost option - especially since my door panels are shot and I should probably get new ones.  The upholstery is perfect but the pressboard cards are warped and disintegrating and several of the holes have ripped out...............
1978 TA 4-Speed W72

Johnny ace

  • Active Forum Member
  • *
  • Posts: 122
Re: Passenger Side Inside Glass Scratches
« Reply #7 on: July 29, 2020, 11:58:01 AM »
Years ago,I polished out a scratch with regular white tooth paste.It worked.

Nexus

  • Oracle Forum Member
  • *
  • Posts: 1533
Re: Passenger Side Inside Glass Scratches
« Reply #8 on: July 29, 2020, 12:29:00 PM »
Years ago,I polished out a scratch with regular white tooth paste.It worked.

toothpaste eh?

what else did you use in the process?
Charlie

79 Esprit but like many, it will be a T/A clone
(20 years and counting but still have her)
http://transamcountry.com/community/index.php?topic=79648.0

Johnny ace

  • Active Forum Member
  • *
  • Posts: 122
Re: Passenger Side Inside Glass Scratches
« Reply #9 on: October 17, 2020, 12:29:44 PM »
Just toothpaste,a rag,and elbow grease.the toothpaste was aggressive enough to remove the scratch.and,no cavities!

Wallington

  • Active Forum Member
  • *
  • Posts: 602
Re: Passenger Side Inside Glass Scratches
« Reply #10 on: October 17, 2020, 07:33:03 PM »
These aren't something you can polish out with removing a fair amount of glass and distorting that whole area.

Johnny ace

  • Active Forum Member
  • *
  • Posts: 122
Re: Passenger Side Inside Glass Scratches
« Reply #11 on: October 18, 2020, 08:55:59 AM »
I must be lucky.No distortion for me.

Wallington

  • Active Forum Member
  • *
  • Posts: 602
Re: Passenger Side Inside Glass Scratches
« Reply #12 on: October 18, 2020, 07:46:40 PM »
There's minor scuffs on the surface and then there's scratches deep into the glass. Impossible to avoid distortion at this point as you are scalloping the glass to remove the scratches.

Re: Passenger Side Inside Glass Scratches
« Reply #12 on: October 18, 2020, 07:46:40 PM »
You can help support TAC!

 



2020-B1-3