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post #1 of 14 Old 11-19-2011, 08:54 AM Thread Starter
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Gen5 thousands of small specks on windshield

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I have been noticing thousands of small specks/dots/pits or whatever you call it on my windshield - especially when I drive against any bright light (sunlight).

It almost impairs my vision and I have to strain hard to see and drive.

I observed closely and they are minute marks/dents on the windshield - like someone took a pin and pricked the glass.

I asked a near by auto shop (TiresPlus) and they said that its from the debris that hits the windshield and there is nothing much we can do about it.

Is there anyway to clean/repair them? Its a 2005 Camry with 58k on it.

here are some samples to understand better..

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Replace the windshield. It's normal, all cars eventually end up like this. Mine is the same.


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That's pretty bad. I know here in Florida a cracked windshield is covered by full coverage insurance 100% meaning we don't pay out of pocket at all. Only on front windshield.
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Huh.. I was really hoping that this can be repaired..

So - how much does the windshield replacement normally cost?
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Sand, rocks, and other road debris are forever hitting the glass and taking tiny chips out of the surface. Time for a new windshield! Around here we use Safelite auto glass for replacements. I've had great luck with them.

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With 24/7 truck traffic on our [ugh] roads, I don't bother with replacing windshields unless they are cracked or very hard to see through. Around here, a new OEM windshield costs about $350.Regards
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My windshiel looks the same , you can improve it a little bit, you just need glass polish (cerium oxide) ,polisher (rotary is the best for this job) and felt polishing pad. This is mainly to remove scratches, dont expect 100% result, becouse this chips are ddeper than scratches.

http://www.detailingworld.co.uk/foru...t=cerium+oxide

TBH am considering new windshield too ;-)

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So I have many fine scratches too in my 2002 Camry XLE windshield? It causes glare at night. I will NOT be going via insurance.

Which company do I use for a replacement? I read that safelite glass aren't good quality.

So what other choices? And what questions should one ask a glass installer?
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The company used is of no real consequence. The actual installers' skill is what's to question. And then it's just the luck of the draw.

The thing you can control is the quality of the glass. Make sure they use OEM or a manufacturer named "Pilkington". Cheaper glass manufactures can have distorted field of vision.

Making the request for OEM may incur a cost premium. Pilkington is the preferred aftermarket product and is made to OEM specs. I've had 1 OEM and 3 Pilkington windshields on my 2010 so far (Arizona has lots of rocks and $0 glass coverage so it's about 1 a year for me).

... and the windshield for the hybrid IS NOT the same as the standard models. Sounds odd but it's true.

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Will the windshield they bring to install state the manufacturer on them clearly?
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Will the windshield they bring to install state the manufacturer on them clearly?
Yes, printed at one of the corners. (note where "Toyota" is printed on your original) It is a good suggestion to specify the brand of glass to be installed when you place the order with whatever company you select. If they do not know what brand of glass you are speaking of, probably another good suggestion to select another install company.
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I got a PGW windshield installed on my Solara a few months back. It works great, no distortions. The shop showed me the sticker stating it was manufactured in USA and not in China like some of their other windshields.
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The local company that was recommended said they can use: PGW, Pilkington, or Fuayo brand

So which one of three bands should I opt for?

Cost 275 installed (for my 2002 Camry).
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I'd go with the Pilkington, they are made to OEM spec and typically have the least issues (ripples, distortion, etc). I'd see if one of the Toyota dealers have any OEM windshields lying around, it could be cheaper/same cost.
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