my windshield has thousands of sparkly pits..... - Bimmerfest - BMW Forums



Go Back   Bimmerfest - BMW Forums > BMW Model Discussions > 3 Series & 4 Series > E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013)

E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013)
The E9X is the 4th evolution of the BMW 3 series including a highly tuned twin turbo 335i variant pushing out 300hp and 300 ft. lbs. of torque. BMW continues to show that it sets the bar for true driving performance! -- View the E9X Wiki

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 11-04-2017, 01:07 PM
adrose adrose is offline
Registered User
Location: florida
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 63
Mein Auto: 2013 335i convertible
my windshield has thousands of sparkly pits.....

2013 335 i convertible,
now seeing lots of little sparkles ,is it possible its been etched with Rain X?
My car has been professionally detailed about 6 times this year.In FL I can get a new windshield for free....Ive tried to polish but no change.
Any comments?
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #2  
Old 11-04-2017, 01:12 PM
rbmwiv rbmwiv is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Forest City
 
Join Date: Aug 2017
Posts: 222
Mein Auto: E46 M3
Rain X doesn’t etch. It’s most likely “sand blasted” from driving I have seen many windshields that way replacement is the only fix. Glass is very hard. There for hard to polish. Yes some minor things can be polished but not when they are in that condition. Good luck.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 11-04-2017, 01:37 PM
adrose adrose is offline
Registered User
Location: florida
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 63
Mein Auto: 2013 335i convertible
did a search here,found about 20 + replies with the same problem.Ill call my insurance,prob get a free replacement here in FL
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #4  
Old 11-04-2017, 02:03 PM
fdriller9 fdriller9 is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: NJ/Philly
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 8,080
Mein Auto: '06 AW 330xi
BMW glass is notorious for being soft and getting pitted easily.

Pits cannot be polished out and after attempting to do so, usually makes it worse since the polish now gets embedded in the pits.

Unfortunately the only fix is to replace the windshield.

If you find your bumpers and headlights are also severely pitted, this typically means you follow the vehicles in front of you too closely.
__________________

| LCI Msport Conversion | Exotic Tuning Front Lip | H&R Coilovers | M3 Subframe Bushings | Custom Polyurethane Shore A90 Tension Strut Bushings | E93 M3 23.6mm Rear Sway Bar | UUC Front Sway Bar | Custom Heim Joint Rear Control Arms | Apex ARC-8 | Dunlop Direzza ZII Star Spec | Modified Dinan Cold Air Intake | aFe Oiled Drop-in Filter | Custom Hand-Made LED Angel Eyes | Alpine MRP-M500 | Custom LED Reverse Lights | OEM Blacklines | BMW Performance Trunk Spoiler |
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 11-04-2017, 02:49 PM
Yukoner Yukoner is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Whitehorse, YT
 
Join Date: May 2017
Posts: 1,763
Mein Auto: 2011 328i x-drive
I'm surprised you'd have this issue in FL, but in northern climates where we have sand dumped on the roads for 6 months of the year (to increase traction on snow), this is a very common problem. My BMW's windshield is like this (it also has a large circular crack thanks to a rock impacting it), and will require replacement at some point.
__________________


Not even sure if -40 degrees is cold anymore ?
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 11-05-2017, 01:30 AM
Davein Davein is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Ohio
 
Join Date: Jun 2017
Posts: 358
Mein Auto: 328ix
Sand etched.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 11-05-2017, 05:55 AM
CALWATERBOY DUE CALWATERBOY DUE is offline
Banned
Location: Fog City, California
 
Join Date: May 2014
Posts: 10,015
Mein Auto: 09 E93 335i somewhat mod
Quote:
Originally Posted by Yukoner View Post
I'm surprised you'd have this issue in FL, but in northern climates where we have sand dumped on the roads for 6 months of the year (to increase traction on snow), this is a very common problem. My BMW's windshield is like this (it also has a large circular crack thanks to a rock impacting it), and will require replacement at some point.

My Ontario relatives regularly visit Florida in whiteout months. They agree: Florida's largely a sand peninsula!

Pines & sand right up through Georgia....South Carolina....but it's you Phoenix boys who know about sand blasting. Yep! Every year, epic Mummy storms....





.

Last edited by CALWATERBOY DUE; 11-05-2017 at 06:30 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 11-05-2017, 08:02 AM
ramblinman ramblinman is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Virginia
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 334
Mein Auto: 2008 335
It's just normal BMW pitting. Doesn't have anything to do with where you live. If you drive at highway speeds no matter where you live, there is grit on the road that gets thrown up in the air. BMW windshield are notorious for pitting more quickly than others. I only notice it when I'm driving into the sun. Polarized sun glasses help dampen the problem. The only fix is a new windshield.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 11-05-2017, 08:28 AM
328iblack's Avatar
328iblack 328iblack is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Charleston,SC
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Posts: 790
Mein Auto: 335is 2011
My car is the same way, I write it off to the car being so low to the ground. Definitely from sand and other debris over the years!
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 11-05-2017, 10:18 AM
Yukoner Yukoner is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Whitehorse, YT
 
Join Date: May 2017
Posts: 1,763
Mein Auto: 2011 328i x-drive
Quote:
Originally Posted by CALWATERBOY DUE View Post
but it's you Phoenix boys who know about sand blasting.
Last time I was down in Maricopa, AZ, we experienced a sand storm. Sat down to eat outside at a Mexican restaurant, 15min later it got what seemed to be really cloudy, then visibility got reduced, then ........
__________________


Not even sure if -40 degrees is cold anymore ?
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 11-06-2017, 09:04 AM
adrose adrose is offline
Registered User
Location: florida
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 63
Mein Auto: 2013 335i convertible
Quote:
Originally Posted by 328iblack View Post
My car is the same way, I write it off to the car being so low to the ground. Definitely from sand and other debris over the years!
do you hit the front with the parking stops in parking lots? Mine actually cracked,(335i M sport,19" wheels, low profile tires) $2000 to replace...
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 11-06-2017, 09:06 AM
adrose adrose is offline
Registered User
Location: florida
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 63
Mein Auto: 2013 335i convertible
getting new windshield free on FL insurance today!
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 11-06-2017, 09:37 AM
Yukoner Yukoner is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Whitehorse, YT
 
Join Date: May 2017
Posts: 1,763
Mein Auto: 2011 328i x-drive
Quote:
Originally Posted by adrose View Post
getting new windshield free on FL insurance today!
Lucky you. We don't really have front glass insurance up here (well, we do, but it's not worth purchasing or claiming on).
__________________


Not even sure if -40 degrees is cold anymore ?
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 11-06-2017, 09:51 AM
Krynos's Avatar
Krynos Krynos is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Southern California
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Posts: 740
Mein Auto: '14 F10 550 & '13 F10 528
I get it really bad here - constant etching. I normally have to drive into the sun on my way to work, and on my way home so i t can drive me nuts. I just replace the windshield every couple of years. Ive tried (on various vehicles) a mix of OEM and aftermarket glass - nothing can stand up to the 60 freeway here in So.Cal lol

Polishing can help for a while. Really clay bar it clean, then polish with a good compound to fill the pits. But it's very temporary.
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 11-06-2017, 12:21 PM
jiveturky1 jiveturky1 is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Denver
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 711
Mein Auto: 09 335xi 6MT, 05 M3 6MT
I wish someone would invent the equivalent of Dr. Color Chip for glass. Smear it on to fill dozens of pits at a time, and wipe off the excess.
Reply With Quote
Reply

See More Related BMW Stories


Forum Navigation
Go Back   Bimmerfest - BMW Forums > BMW Model Discussions > 3 Series & 4 Series > E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013)
Today's Posts Search
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On



Forum Jump


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 10:14 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
© 2001- VerticalScope Inc. All rights reserved.