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Old 06-29-2012, 11:09 AM   #1
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Repair Scratch in Door Window

I recently took my 1998 Tacoma into some PJ trees and unfortunately had to turn around because the road became too iffy. And more unfortunately, I had to drive past a Pinyon Pine tree and in so doing, a branch put a nice, shallow, 6-inch-long scratch in the passenger door window and also in the side window behind the passenger seat. How would one best go about removing those scratches without butching up the windows? each is about 1/16 inch wide and 6 inches long. Ultra fine (i.e. 2500 or higher) sand paper? Some kind of compound and if so, what kind/brand?
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From what I've experienced trees usually left more like "marring" on my side panels, like part of the wood rubbed off onto the truck. I've not had cut or scratches in mine, though I cut some triple layered tinting off a old car I had and the razor blade left deep cuts in the glass which are not repairable really, I suppose you could try to fill the cuts with some sort of glass repair but if its not perfectly applied it wont look much better. I've had sand in my window felts before and its left scratches on the window so I' always wondered if some special sandpaper would help this....

Whats a PJ tree?
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I also just got a scratch on my window. I have read to use some kind of polishing compound and a wool pad on a buffer.
Let me know what worked.
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Bad ass tree to scratch a glass window, Eastwood Co. used to sell a kit for removing scratches.
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PJ is short for Pinyon-Juniper. Combination of shrubs and Juniper trees that one finds in the foothills of the western states where the deserts rise up into the mountains. >>bad-ass tree
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I also just got a scratch on my window. I have read to use some kind of polishing compound and a wool pad on a buffer.
Let me know what worked.
I also boogered up my right side view mirror (chrome) along with the scratch/scrape in the passenger side window and the passenger side flip-out window. I had an epiphany and tried some TurtleWax Bug and Tar remover. That and a bit of rubbing completely removed the scratches and scrapes, so apparently they were just tree deposits. Good thing I resolved the problem before the wifey saw them...
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Bad ass tree to scratch a glass window, Eastwood Co. used to sell a kit for removing scratches.
Hey I really like how your truck looks - clean, sleek, and like it means business...
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ever get those scratches out? A big ass branch gave me a nice 4" long scratch on my pass. window. Anybody know what method to use?
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ever get those scratches out? A big ass branch gave me a nice 4" long scratch on my pass. window. Anybody know what method to use?
The gods were good to me.

The scratches turned out to be rub-off from the dead low-hanging branches. I was able to get them off without too much trouble. IIRC I used "Turtle Wax" bug and tar remover. Dabbed a little on, rubbed with a soft cloth and - no more scratches.

On the glass. Still have some that marred the clear-coat but one really has to look for them in just the right light and know they are there before they can be seen.
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