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Old 07-22-2010, 02:30 AM   #1
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What's the best way to get rid of the haziness? It's definitely on the outside and only where the wiper wipes off. Every other area of it looks normal, only hazy in the wiper area. I tried scrubbing with Stoners and along with some glass polish product and elbow grease. Nothing so far. What else can I try?
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Old 07-22-2010, 02:37 AM   #2
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pics? maybe try claying it
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Old 07-22-2010, 12:34 PM   #3
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Is the haziness in the same direction as where the wiper blade touches the glass? It may be fine scratches in the glass.

Pics would definately help.

I have polished glass with the buffer in the past, if you want, I can buff the glass for you for cheap to see if that works. If you're intersted, PM me.
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Old 07-22-2010, 03:55 PM   #4
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I'm having a similar issue. I bought an '08 WRX, new from the dealer, never sold, on January 2010. They had the car in a lot with no roof or any weather protection whatsoever since late 2007. When I drove the car for the first few days, it was raining constantly and I noticed the hazyness at night when the wipers were on and every light from cars in front of me would distribute throughout the windshield.

During the next couple of days, I cleaned the windshield and noticed there was a lot of hard water build-up baked onto the windshield. I then started looking for cleaning solutions that claimed to fix this with no luck. I even tried scraping it with soapy water and a single edge razor. You could feel it scraping, but it wouldn't come off. Don't worry, it's not scratched. I had done this plenty of times when I used to install and remove window tint.

Out of nowhere, while walking into the kitchen, I saw my Cook Top cleaner bottle just sitting there. I thought to myself that, if it won't damage the ceramic top on my stove, it should be harmless on the windshield. I thought right. I took a microfiber towel, put some drops of the cleaner on the windshield, it took it off. Takes a bit of effort, but it works. I did the whole windshield with a buffing disk that attaches to the drill.

After about 5 months, it's starting to get hazy again, but there's no noticeable water build-up, so I'm guessing I have to use something else. I've used Rain-X before, but not on this car, so I don't know if it'll eliminate the hazyness, but I'll give it a try the next time I clean my ride.

I was also thinking about using polishing compound, but that clay option might work the same. I'll do the windshield in halves, one with clay and the other with polishing compound. I'll take pics for comparison on looks with and without water, but that'll be tomorrow.

Any more suggestions?
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Old 07-22-2010, 10:40 PM   #5
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As you can see, where the wiper doesn't wipe, the glass is clean. No spots.
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Old 07-23-2010, 12:14 AM   #6
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Believe it or not, steel wool didn't do much right now. Found Fine and Very Fine in the basement now, along with another sample of unknown hardest and also gave it a try (felt the coarsest of the three) and still nada. unamused

I first tested all three on a piece of glass I found to see if it would leave scratches and went to town. No matter how hard I scrubbed either up or down or circular motions, it didn't scratch. Repeated the same on the hatch glass and still nothing.

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Old 07-23-2010, 03:54 PM   #7
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OK. Here's what I did.

I said in my previous post that I was gonna try a couple of things. Here's my problem:




I used Turtle Wax polishing compund on one half of the windshield and a Magic Clay claybar. They both cleaned it, but the problem is in water behavior:



See how it's smeared where the wiper doesn't reach. Both sides gave the same results. Seeing the lube for the claybar reminded me of RainX, so I used RainX instead of the lube with the claybar. It doesn't lubricate as well, so I had to keep applying RainX so that the claybar wouldn't stick. The windshield starts getting this white build-up, and some of the hard water was being removed. Wiping it off is easy, even though it doesn't look like it. A microfiber towel will do.



Since it was raining when I did this (and so it's been for the past 2 weeks non-stop), I took the car out in front of my house to test it and this are the results:





No more streaking, no more smearing, no more build-up. To do the work completely, I decided to get new wipers as well. I still need to take night pics to compare results.

Hope this helps.
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Old 07-23-2010, 10:45 PM   #8
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As you can see, where the wiper doesn't wipe, the glass is clean. No spots.
Ah, looks different than what I imagined.

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Believe it or not, steel wool didn't do much right now. Found Fine and Very Fine in the basement now, along with another sample of unknown hardest and also gave it a try (felt the coarsest of the three) and still nada. unamused

I first tested all three on a piece of glass I found to see if it would leave scratches and went to town. No matter how hard I scrubbed either up or down or circular motions, it didn't scratch. Repeated the same on the hatch glass and still nothing.

And more ideas?
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OK. Here's what I did.

I said in my previous post that I was gonna try a couple of things. Here's my problem:




I used Turtle Wax polishing compund on one half of the windshield and a Magic Clay claybar. They both cleaned it, but the problem is in water behavior:



See how it's smeared where the wiper doesn't reach. Both sides gave the same results. Seeing the lube for the claybar reminded me of RainX, so I used RainX instead of the lube with the claybar. It doesn't lubricate as well, so I had to keep applying RainX so that the claybar wouldn't stick. The windshield starts getting this white build-up, and some of the hard water was being removed. Wiping it off is easy, even though it doesn't look like it. A microfiber towel will do.



Since it was raining when I did this (and so it's been for the past 2 weeks non-stop), I took the car out in front of my house to test it and this are the results:





No more streaking, no more smearing, no more build-up. To do the work completely, I decided to get new wipers as well. I still need to take night pics to compare results.

Hope this helps.
I was just going to suggest clay bar and a polish as well. Good job.

It also sort of looks like hard water stains, you might want to see if vinegar does the trick too.

Try those 3 and report back, I'm curious to see what does the trick for you. This is a prime example of why when I detail, I bring every item that I have at my disposal with me, just in case. you never know what you will be faced with on a detail job.
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Old 07-23-2010, 11:40 PM   #9
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Ah, looks different than what I imagined.

I was just going to suggest clay bar and a polish as well. Good job.

It also sort of looks like hard water stains, you might want to see if vinegar does the trick too.

Try those 3 and report back, I'm curious to see what does the trick for you. This is a prime example of why when I detail, I bring every item that I have at my disposal with me, just in case. you never know what you will be faced with on a detail job.
Uh... Actually, that post was my report on the options I went with.

Vinegar was my first attempt. I googled "remove hard water build up" and the most common results were razorblade scraping, CLR applied with a cloth, vinegar and a combination of the 3. None of those worked. That's when I started trying stuff that I thought could work and ended up with those results.

I just drove about an hour under wet conditions and little rain and the results were great. I could see streaking during wiper travel, but nothing over a second. At least now the headlights from upcoming vehicles don't blind me.
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Old 07-24-2010, 04:48 AM   #10
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Vinegar took my marks off with a little bit of elbow grease.
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