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    Sliding Glass Door Scratch Removal

    I realize this isn't an automotive application, but thought maybe some combination of automotive detailing products might help me.

    I have a Anderson sliding glass door that some how or another, not sure how, got scratched on the exterior pane of glass. Most of the scratches are deep enough to just catch my finger nail. They are long, linear scratches. It's as though something or someone slid something down the glass top to bottom.

    I realize that no product may remove the entirety of the scratches, but what could I use to lessen them?

    I don't have a DA or rotary at the moment, but might consider getting one to expedite the "correction" of these scratches and to use on my vehicles.

    I can try to get a picture if necessary.

    Thank you!

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    Re: Sliding Glass Door Scratch Removal

    Here's a full, in-depth write-up on what you need and how to do it.


    Glass polishing - How to remove scratches in glass


    In the picture below you will see the pads, products and tools you need to remove scratches from glass.

    Glass is very hard and in order to abrade it in a way to remove scratches without at the same time instilling scratches you need a polish specifically made for glass that contain

    Cerium Oxide






    A rotary buffer is ALWAYS faster at removing material be it paint or glass than any free spinning orbital so keep that in mind as removing scratches out of glass takes a long time because glass is HARD.


    I'm pretty sure the above article is the first article that ever documents how to do it with the simple Porter Cable polishers.



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    Re: Sliding Glass Door Scratch Removal

    And have a buddy....


    From my roadshow class in Argentina...


    I teach using the "Buddy System" in my detailing boot camp classes. That is have a buddy or even your better half standing next to you and when they see the glass polish slurry drying they know to mist on some more water.

    Here's the Buddy System in action...






    That's a Mustang we wet sanded in that class.



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    Re: Sliding Glass Door Scratch Removal

    Mike, thank you!

    I read through your articles.

    Will the Flex rotary backing plates/pads work with a non-Flex rotary?

    If not, what backing plate(s), pads would you recommend?

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    Re: Sliding Glass Door Scratch Removal

    Nevermind, I see that the back plate has a thread type. I'll check and see if my friend's rotary will work.

    thank you!

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