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Old 04-09-2016, 03:59 PM   #1
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I am starting to see a film on the windshield around the wiper paths. Glass cleaner does not totally remove it. I am thinking of a cleaner wax or something similar like swirl-x or Ultimate polish by Meguiar's? We got a little snow yesterday, so waiting to give it a good clean-up. Any idea if these will work ?



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First try a mix of Isopropyl Alcohol and Distilled water; 10% alcohol final mix.
That will clean any foreign material off the glass.

If it does not feel smooth, you can use #0000 Steel Wool and light pressure along with the alcohol mix.

Most paint cleaners, compounds are not strong enough to recondition glass. There are specific products and wheels for that. And if you're not familiar with them, I wouldn't try using them.
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#0000 steel wool works great, actually I felt that it got the windshield too clean because I could see all of the micro pitting that was on it.

Only use the 0000 steel wool on the windshield, it has the laminated layer, might scratch any other type of glass on the car.
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Steel wool can CREATE micropitting in glass...................the glass is technically harder but heavy pressure if used WILL scratch it. BTDT. The surface/unit loading thing, a softer material CAN damage a harder if not a whole lot of hardness difference there.

I use plain old fuel with a bit of water and soap mixed in, the fuel needs to have ethanol in it to help emulsification and DON'T get any on your paint even thought it most likely won't hurt it. No sense taking chances.

The fuel lifts any petro based deposits instantly, the dish soap with a few drops of water remove water based stuff and the surfactant in the soap keeps it all loose to wash away with water like a water hose.

It will take off any possible deposit there you can imagine.
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I've always found that when you use wax, usually a more gritty compound, it works just fine. As long as you make sure you buff it and polish just like normal. It also makes your windows bead up real nice in the rain too!
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I've always found that when you use wax, usually a more gritty compound, it works just fine. As long as you make sure you buff it and polish just like normal. It also makes your windows bead up real nice in the rain too!
I use a final correcting polish on the glass, + wax on the rear window.
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I havent' done it (yet), but many people sing the praises of clay bar.
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I've never personally used a clay bar on a window before. Never really had a need to. Does wonders for car paint for that "just off the showroom floor" feel. I've clayed an entire car that was 10 years old and although exhausting, well worth it!

Honestly I would say if a window, particularly the windshield that can get peppered from literally whatever, is bad enough a clay bar would work. Although I'd have to stick with my original suggestion of a more gritty wax. Once you buff and shine it like you would on the body it should be just fine. Only personal experience is what I can speak of and I'll definitely have to remember that clay trick if I run across a car that requires it!??
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I havent' done it (yet), but many people sing the praises of clay bar.
On paint yea, I'd pass on the glass.
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