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    was cleaning my dads Vec yesteday and as its a taxi and 71,000 miles as expected its a tad tatty, but what bugged me was how the front windscreen was full of scratches, (I dont mean cracks, scrapes etc.) imagine if you will a scratch on your paintwork, not overly deep but noticeable, standing outside the car looking at the windscreen they are hard to spot but looking out from the inside they are obviously there, yet its 99% most likely they are on the outside of the screen caused by stones etc. i.e. stone chips and scratches on your paint except on your windscreen.

    both my Clio (04 reg) and my old Peugeot 206 (02 reg) have suffered from this too, as have loads of newish cars at work, but strangely my old 1997 spec mark 3 Astra had no such issues, the screen was like brand new in comparison with the vec, clio and 206 and some of the cars I've worked on at work.

    so I was wondering, have car manufacturers started using **** quality glass or something, I say that because I can guarantee I could go down to a local scrappy and check the front screens on every car and they would have immaculate condition screens and most are pre 1997 cars. has it got something to do with poorer quality glass or thinner glass for a safety point of view in an accident or something or if you run some1 over and they are thrown off your screen

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    I think they use softer laminates as to reduce cracking, they tend to flake when stones hit them now, you can even scratch them with your finger nail !

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    The toughened glass in older cars was very, very, hard, but the downside was the huge "bang" and the entire screen going into small chunks if it went. At least the modern laminated ones will just crack (usually).

    d.v

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    so its kinda normal in a way for our windscreens to have a few small scratches on them then??

    just a normal wear and tear thing every newish car these days will have?

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    bttt bump

    could it have been me whos scratched the screen when cleaning it inside, (industrial spray shine window cleaner that main dealer valet departments use) and orange paper to dry the cleaner off and wipe it away??

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    I'd say it's the way it is. Mine looks like it's been driven through a quarry.

    Still, by my reckoning, I'm due another screen soon, so it'll be OK then!

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    I would say it is down to cost.

    To reduce the cost (and weight !) of the windscreen, something has to be changed during the manufacturing process. Either thinner glass, or lower specification. NOT necessarily lower quality, just a different spec. Don't confuse 'spec' with 'quality'.

    Which may mean more scratches, etc.

    Laminated windscreens have been around since the '70s at least.

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    Use Halfords glass cutting polish if they are very fine scratch's, they will need a bit of elbow grease though !

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