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    I have a scratch on the Dauphine's windscreen obviously caused by using them beyond the end point of worn wiper blades.

    It's certainly visible but doesn't feel noticeable using the fingernail test.

    I'm wondering what the state of play is for polishing it out.

    I don't mind replacing the screen if someone can point me towards one!

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    This may help:

    https://www.wikihow.com/Remove-Scrat...m-a-Windshield

    I have never tried to polish a windscreen. Your other option is to replace or get a professional to polish the windscreen.
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    Yes, you don't need to replace the screen. I watch bogloads of USA car restoration programs on Foxtel and they often just polish out the scratches. Just edumicate yourself on how to do it.
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    Use a powder called English Whiting powder. Glaziers use it to remove scratches etc. Signwriters who paint on glass panels buy it from companies such Eckerley’s

    https://www.eckersleys.com.au/whiting-powder-500g

    It works a treat to clean glass and removes minor scratches

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    Hmm! If the scratch is on the driver's side in your vision arc, then my concern with buffing them/it out would be ending up with vision- distorting uneven thicknesses.

    I would see what a glazier says about this & hire someone maximally skilled in the work.

    I had thought that Doaf screens were available in Europe.

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    ***I had thought that Doaf screens were available in Europe.***

    I've never seen one listed.

    And when I enquire: "Pardon! Pas de pare-brise."

    And I shudder thinking about the freight.
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    I got a new laminated screen for my wife's Dauphine G a few months ago. It was procured through Ralf Moore Autoglass in Sydney from Pilkington in the UK, that have moved their classic screen division to Finland. I had been waiting for some time, and hope /expect they made a batch, rather than the ten that were immediately required worldwide.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alan moore View Post
    I got a new laminated screen for my wife's Dauphine G a few months ago. It was procured through Ralf Moore Autoglass in Sydney from Pilkington in the UK, that have moved their classic screen division to Finland. I had been waiting for some time, and hope /expect they made a batch, rather than the ten that were immediately required worldwide.
    Good to hear they are operating again. Praise to Ralf Moore too - the glass folk in Perth got my R8 screen from him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnW View Post
    Good to hear they are operating again. Praise to Ralf Moore too - the glass folk in Perth got my R8 screen from him.
    They have a website but the number comes up as disconnected

    Contact us - Ralphmoore Autoglass Pvt. Ltd


    However, Pilkington has them listed:

    https://www.pilkington.com/en-gb/uk/...kes-and-models
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    Not only are they listed, they come in 9 (NINE) tint combos.

    Made to order 10-12 weeks delay.

    About 300 pounds sterling.

    I've decided removing the scratch is not a DIY job. The use of cerium oxide, pumice hand cleaner, toothpaste etc is an urban legend.

    The proper way is with abrasive discs to grind the surrounding glass down to the same level as the scratch, then polish it back with finer & finer discs. There are ppl who do this:

    Knights Windscreen Repairs for specialist windscreen, side glass, headlight and steering wheel repairs

    But they don't have an operator that does Geelong.

    However, their Northern Melb guy goes scuba diving at Queenscliff regularly so I have to wait for his next outing!

    If no go, then I have another albeit bloody expensive way out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by geodon View Post
    I've decided removing the scratch is not a DIY job. The use of cerium oxide, pumice hand cleaner, toothpaste etc is an urban legend.

    The proper way is with abrasive discs to grind the surrounding glass down to the same level as the scratch, then polish it back with finer & finer discs.
    But you have said that your scratch is not able to be felt with a fingernail. So any polishing should not really affect the thickness.
    Go on....give it a go, mate !

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    How about jewellers rouge for a light scratch?

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