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clean windshield
Posted by: Fritz
Date: October 08, 2021 11:06PM
used Windex and white vinegar (separately) with microfiber cloths.
Inside & out.
It looks better, but when I was out the other night in the light rain, there were still little cloud like shapes all over.
Like mineral spots.

Is there a commercial product that really works that isn't more $$ than a windshield?
Stoners Invisable?
Griots?
ChemGuys?
Cat pee?



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Re: clean windshield
Posted by: Zoidberg
Date: October 09, 2021 12:19AM
Years ago, I had some hard water spotting on my windshield; could not get it off with anything, and I tried everything. Went by the body shop and the guy used some windshield compound. Went on like wax, simple removal with a terrycloth. Afterwards, my windows were like they were just from the factory.

I've not found it since then. I'm sure I'm railroading right past it at the auto store or on Amazon.

Beyond that, I've used Perfect Glass and it works well. But I'd still rather find that compound/window wax.







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Re: clean windshield
Posted by: Racer X
Date: October 09, 2021 01:01AM
Barkeeper's Friend. It contains oxalic acid, which will dissolve the hard water staining. The abrasive is feldspar, which is roughly the same hardness as the glass.

"Mineral Abrasive, Oxalic Acid, Surfactant, Water-Softening Agent"



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Re: clean windshield
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: October 09, 2021 01:25AM
Clay bar is good. Commercial product like Invisible Glass is good, too.
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Re: clean windshield
Posted by: Speedy
Date: October 09, 2021 05:19AM
Any regular automotive paint polish will work as long as it doesn’t say ‘not for use on glass.’



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Re: clean windshield
Posted by: MrNoBody
Date: October 09, 2021 05:33AM
I learned the following from a pro detailer of high end cars.
On external glass & untinted inside glass, magic eraser sponge
dampened with glass cleaner. Follow with clean microfiber towels.
(microfiber towels should never be laundered using fabric softener)

Glass cleaner: in a 32oz spray bottle combine 15oz alcohol (91%),
15oz distilled water, 2oz distilled white vinegar. Shake before using.

Non-factory tinted windows require special products & never use the eraser sponges.
btw, never use any cleaners containing ammonia on a car.



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Re: clean windshield
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: October 09, 2021 05:35AM
toothpaste.

very mildly abrasive and will remove the road grime with no damage to the glass



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Re: clean windshield
Posted by: Speedy
Date: October 09, 2021 05:38AM
Of course, you can wait for the first frost which will lift everything, then scrape it off.



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Re: clean windshield
Posted by: Fritz
Date: October 09, 2021 07:27AM
Tried BF on the shower doors. Did nothing.
Heated vinegar and Dawn liquid did better.
But our house water may be harder than the rain.

The paste sounds like the Griots product. Their stuff is usually favored but a little $$$ for what it is.
I have a clay bar. I'll try that after BF.
Magic Eraser hasn't worked on the shower doors either, but .....

Thanks for other ideas.
I'll try 'em all, as Oct Nov rains and nite driving are already a pita.

In doing some further reading, the Stoners Invisible & Perfect Glass seem pretty popular.



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Re: clean windshield
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: October 09, 2021 09:46AM
.....you need a Touch of Glass....??



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Re: clean windshield
Posted by: macphanatic
Date: October 09, 2021 10:38AM
Glass polish then clay bar.
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Re: clean windshield
Posted by: GeneH
Date: October 09, 2021 11:00AM
Fritz, try using along with the vinegar and Dawn, a flat, circular brush and a battery-operated drill on your shower doors and floors. This will make that chore a lot less tedious and will spare your arms. Worked for me. And I'm always a bit lax in getting this chore done.

Few clues about windshield cleaners, especially the inside. Problem is, my aged body just can't bend that way any more.



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Re: clean windshield
Posted by: Dennis R
Date: October 09, 2021 11:07AM
Crazy as it seems for built up water marks on shower doors try WD 40. Then clean the WD 40 off in your normal cleaning way.
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Re: clean windshield
Posted by: vision63
Date: October 09, 2021 11:45AM
Sounds like we need to storm the front doors of the Windex corporation for false advertising.
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Re: clean windshield
Posted by: MrNoBody
Date: October 09, 2021 11:47AM
try WD 40
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or its close cousins; JP-8 & Kerosene?



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Re: clean windshield
Posted by: Fritz
Date: October 09, 2021 11:49AM
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try using along with the vinegar and Dawn, a flat, circular brush and a battery-operated drill on your shower doors and floors.

Few clues about windshield cleaners, especially the inside. Problem is, my aged body just can't bend that way any more.

spouse does the drill floor cleaning with a bolt thru an Oxo brush.
Them shower door deposits haven't move with any method I've tried so far.
Since I have to polish the granite kitchen tops (the one guy who got back to me was so exorbitant....), I'll dismount the shower doors and do them too. If need be the '05 windshield will get the same treatment. It's only the outside of the windshield that I haven't been able to clean enough to coat with Aquapel.

I keep bending my body hoping it'll still pliable for such occasions.
My knees disagree at times. But I say f'k 'em!

Perhaps I'll try a lil WD in a lower corner of the shower doors.



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Re: clean windshield
Posted by: Rolando
Date: October 09, 2021 12:21PM
I'll second invisible Glass.



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Re: clean windshield
Posted by: Thrift Store Scott
Date: October 09, 2021 02:15PM
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Sounds like we need to storm the front doors of the Windex corporation for false advertising.

More like for changing their formula, the false advertising is secondary. Up until the mid-80s Windex worked great, but smelled so strongly of ammonia you'd need to leave a door open while cleaning the inside of a car's windows. Then they changed to a "New, Improved!" formula that didn't smell nearly as strong and didn't work half as well, either.

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try using along with the vinegar and Dawn, a flat, circular brush and a battery-operated drill on your shower doors and floors.

Few clues about windshield cleaners, especially the inside. Problem is, my aged body just can't bend that way any more.

spouse does the drill floor cleaning with a bolt thru an Oxo brush.
Them shower door deposits haven't move with any method I've tried so far.
Since I have to polish the granite kitchen tops (the one guy who got back to me was so exorbitant....), I'll dismount the shower doors and do them too. If need be the '05 windshield will get the same treatment. It's only the outside of the windshield that I haven't been able to clean enough to coat with Aquapel.

I keep bending my body hoping it'll still pliable for such occasions.
My knees disagree at times. But I say f'k 'em!

Perhaps I'll try a lil WD in a lower corner of the shower doors.

If you're dismounting the shower doors anyway, why not lay them flat on saw horses and cover them with vinegar in that position so it'll be better able to dissolve the hard water deposits.

Or, you could try Lysol Toilet Bowl Cleaner which will almost certainly dissolve the mineral deposits, but that WILL require gloves and lots of rinsing, and I'd definitely spot-test it on an inconspicuous corner first.



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Re: clean windshield
Posted by: Fritz
Date: October 09, 2021 02:24PM
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If you're dismounting the shower doors anyway, why not lay them flat on saw horses and cover them with vinegar in that position so it'll be better able to dissolve the hard water deposits.

Or, you could try Lysol Toilet Bowl Cleaner which will almost certainly dissolve the mineral deposits, but that WILL require gloves and lots of rinsing, and I'd definitely spot-test it on an inconspicuous corner first.

tis my plan, but not the Lysol.



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Re: clean windshield
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: October 09, 2021 02:55PM
....tongue.....



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Re: clean windshield
Posted by: Fritz
Date: October 09, 2021 03:23PM
just did one half the windshield with Magic Eraser with Windex.
The other half BF and microfiber.
And their respective headlights, since I was there anyway.
See what comes.
If no better then onto to Stoners Invisible Glass.
Unless the glass is just @#$%& ...
I dunno if it's OEM glass or not.



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Re: clean windshield
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: October 09, 2021 03:46PM
I stopped using Windex years and years ago.

It leaves a film on any surface on which it's used.

For light cleaning, I'll use Glass Plus; it's a much better product than Windex.

For the first cleaning before the rain season (which we seldom get here) it's a gentle application of Soft Scrub.

It's amazing how well windshield wipers work after that cleaning.

No hard water here, so 409 makes short work of shower door cleaning, so it might help with car windows.

But I bet it could cause irremovable streaks in paint if allowed to drip and not cleaned double quick.






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Re: clean windshield
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: October 10, 2021 03:30PM
YouTube probably has lots of good and bad ideas.
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Re: clean windshield
Posted by: Bill in NC
Date: October 12, 2021 06:02PM
Careful on the inside...I scratched the inside coating using the green side of the green/yellow sponges.
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Re: clean windshield
Posted by: Fritz
Date: October 12, 2021 07:23PM
inside hasn't been the issue.
But neither the BF nor the Magic Eraser with glass cleaner did anything for the outside.
Next up, Invisible glass.



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