How to Remove Glare on a Windshield

by Brooke Pierce

In addition to being bothersome, windshield glare may pose a danger to you as a driver, as it may cause an accident. It is vital that you see clearly where you are going as you drive. Glare can be a result of sunlight or headlight beams from other cars that glance off your hood, as well as scratches on your windshield or windows that are fogged or dirty. Many drivers who experience windshield glare don't realize that simply cleaning and polishing their windshields will usually get rid of the glare. You will discover that simple do-it-yourself tasks such as filling cracks and cleaning your windshield often will get rid of windshield glare and make driving safer.

Items you will need

  • Water

  • Vinegar

  • Windshield cleaner

  • Clean cloth or sponge

  • Glass polish

  • Microfiber towels

  • Plastic scrubber

  • Glass cleaner

  • Bucket

  • Newspaper

Clean Your Windshield

Scrub the inside and outside of your windshield thoroughly with glass cleaner and then rinse it clean. Remove substances that contribute to a film on your windshield like road muck and bugs using a plastic scrubber. Use clean water and a clean cloth to rinse.

Apply Vinegar and Water

Mix water and vinegar. Apply it to your windshield using a piece of clean cloth or sponge. Dry the area using crumbled newspapers.

Apply Windshield or Glass Polish

Use a polishing agent manufactured for cleaning glass to get rid of hand prints and dirt, and fill the tiny scratches on your windshield. Apply it on your windshield with a clean, wet rag using circular motions. Cover the whole windshield and wait for it to dry. You should be able to see a milky white residue. Use the microfiber cloth to wipe off the polish.

Tip

    • Applying polishing agents that are not meant for glass will contribute to greasy smears and a gloomy film on your windshield that will lead to windshield glare.  
    • The newspapers you use should not have color ink on them.  

Tip

  • It is usually tempting to make your dashboard look great by using a protective coating. Applying products that contribute to glossy dashboards may make the windshield glare worse. Avoid using those products and consider others that are not glossy.

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About the Author

Based in Amsterdam, Brooke Pierce has been writing automotive-related articles since 2012. She holds a Bachelor of Science in automotive engineering technology from Ferris State University, Big Rapids, MI.