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    Re: How to remove tiny pinhole pits in glass windows using a rotary buffer

    Quote Originally Posted by Kaban View Post

    Mike, any idea what to use to remove Ceriglass from inside the pitting of the windshield?
    You've tried everything I would have tried, the pressure washer probably being the best option.

    The answer you don't want to hear is to continue polishing until the pits are removed - this would solve two problems.

    1: Removes the pit holes.

    2: Removes the Ceriglass residue that was in the pit holes.



    Quote Originally Posted by JMak97008 View Post

    Our '05 Pacifica has bad pitting...tried just normal DA polisher and normal compound, but no joy.
    In my experience, using a normal "paint compound" is useless for removing any scratches or pit holes in glass.


    Quote Originally Posted by JMak97008 View Post

    How much more powerful is a rotary like Mike used compared to an ordinary household drill? Is a rotary unit a specialized tool that I'd need to tackle a job like micro-pitting on a windshield?
    The rotary will have more power than a drill but more important the rotary will be easier to hold and press down on against glass at an angle than a drill for hours.

    Buffing out glass is hard work. A drill would make the process take longer and more difficult.



    Quote Originally Posted by Kaban View Post

    It will still take an extremely long time no matter what buffer you use. If the pitting is pretty deep, be realistic in your expectations.

    If you're expecting perfect and you have an older car with tons of highway driving damage, you're in for a big disappointment.
    I've actually had good luck with just about any glass polishing project I've undertaken. But like you say, it does take a long time.



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    Re: How to remove tiny pinhole pits in glass windows using a rotary buffer

    How about a forced machine like the Makita w/ Ceriglass? Suggested speed?

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    Re: How to remove tiny pinhole pits in glass windows using a rotary buffer

    Quote Originally Posted by howardm4 View Post

    How about a forced machine like the Makita w/ Ceriglass?

    Suggested speed?
    I recently tested about 6 or 7 tools for machine polishing Ceriglass to remove wiper scratches off the windshield and they all worked.

    After testing all tools, I would go with the Griot's Garage 6" ROP or a rotary buffer depending upon your physical condition.


    I'll try to get the pictures up at some point but if you want, I have multiple videos sharing the experience on my Facebook page and the link to my FB page is in my Signature Line in every post I make on this forum. You'll need to scroll down a ways after the Detail Fest posts and the wool pads posts for rotary buffers.



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    Re: How to remove tiny pinhole pits in glass windows using a rotary buffer

    Thanks. Thanks to AG, I have both, the Makita and the GG6. I've tried the GG w/ rayon pads and Ceriglass w/o much success after a good amount of time and passes.
    I think it's time to step up plus it seems like a good use of the new toy, er, Makita

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    Re: How to remove tiny pinhole pits in glass windows using a rotary buffer

    Since AG is out of stock why not just purchase the Cerium Oxide?

    Amazon.com: Cerium Oxide Glass Polishing Compound - 8 Oz: Home Improvement

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    Re: How to remove tiny pinhole pits in glass windows using a rotary buffer

    Quote Originally Posted by bcgreen View Post

    Since AG is out of stock why not just purchase the Cerium Oxide?

    Out of stock or not that's a flagrant violation of the forum rules.


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    Re: How to remove tiny pinhole pits in glass windows using a rotary buffer

    Oh, I didn't know recommending the active ingredient is verboten.
    Sorry.

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    Re: How to remove tiny pinhole pits in glass windows using a rotary buffer

    I am so glad I came across this thread. I have exactly the same kind of pin-sized pitting defect on my Nova front windshield. After digging through the Autogeek storefront I decided to buy Ceriglass, some Griots 3" glass polishing pads, 5" lake country glass polishing pads, and Griot's glass sealer. I have the Griot's 3" DA (also bought from Autogeek) and a no name DA WITH 5" Lake Country backing plate - I hope they are up to the task! I plan to remove the window trim and mask all around and keep the polish wet by misting water occasionally. Any tips that weren't shared in the thread?

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