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Old 07-25-2010, 11:40 PM   #1
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Default GRRR Windshield Streaks in sunlight - WHAT will get rid of them?!

(To be clear, I'm talking about the INSIDE of the car )
So I've been slowly detailing my car, and Windexed the windshield and back window. Then I realized it streaked and tried 50/50 alcohol/water, then distilled water. The front seems much better, and I can't notice any streaks in even heavy sunlight or at any angles. Except when it fogs up sometimes it fogs up in such a way that it shows the streaks in the direction I wiped the glass (if that makes sense), but the back windshield is terrible. It's really easy to see the streaks from how I wiped. I did have a reed type air freshner (you know the kinds with the oil and the wood sticks sticking out?) velcro-ed back there, so the oil might have evaporated onto the windshield a little, but I have tried all three ways of cleaning it.

What can I do to get the damn thing clean and completely streak free? How do you clean your windows?
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Old 07-25-2010, 11:44 PM   #2
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Newspaper works very well, same with coffee filters since they both have no lint. Stoner's glass cleaner works well.
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Old 07-26-2010, 12:19 AM   #3
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lots and lots of elbow grease.

and aiming a high powered light on your windows while cleaning them.

i use lint-free microfiber cloths and spray-way. The cloths are way more absorbent than the other lint-free options out there.

I typically use two microfibers for two windows. I have one that's a "wet" cloth, and one that's the "dry" cloth. Spray the wet cloth, wipe in parallel lines. Take the dry cloth and wipe in parallel lines, perpendicular to the way you went with the "wet" cloth.

note, the wet cloth shouldn't be soaking wet, just a spot in the middle.
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Old 07-26-2010, 01:34 AM   #4
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The trick to glass is to never use TOO much product. Any "non-streak" product WILL leave streaks if you use too much of it. I just found this out the hard way, and have to go back and redo my windows.
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Old 07-26-2010, 11:02 AM   #5
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Best results I've gotten is with warm water + microfiber.

I fill a spray bottle with warm water and spray the window, wipe away with the Microfiber, dry with another microfiber.
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Old 07-26-2010, 11:25 AM   #6
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....my method is similar to dwf137's. I have about 2-3 dozen MF towels dedicated to the task of window cleaning. They are short napped (good scrubbing ability) and essentially lint free. I typically just use a 50/50 mix of IPA & deionized water and two towels folded in quarters (although I have also been a Sprayway user for many years). I mist the glass, wipe thoroughly, turn the towel over to wipe again and then use my other clean towel to dry-buff the glass. I clean my windows and mirrors regularly (daily in the case of my windscreen, side mirrors and front side windows). This also helps keep the streaking to a minimum. Even so, there are still those days where I miss a spot or two but it’s usually on the inside of the windshield where it can be a little more difficult to clean (and I rushed). I carry a few of my glass towels in my cars so I typically grab one and wipe the problem area on the go.
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Old 07-27-2010, 01:04 AM   #7
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Thanks for your input guys. ANyone ever use this Ban Ami powder?
http://www.bonami.com/index.php/prod...wder_cleanser/

GOod things heard here: http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=2023212
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Old 07-27-2010, 07:03 AM   #8
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Best results I've gotten is with warm water + microfiber.

I fill a spray bottle with warm water and spray the window, wipe away with the Microfiber, dry with another microfiber.

Same here...Just need to get a good ammount of light on the windshield and you shouldn't miss a spot.
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Old 07-27-2010, 08:27 AM   #9
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Stoners Foam or Liquid Spray + Detailers Domain Green Microfiber for Glass Towels, make sure glass is NOT warm to touch, turn defroster fan on LOW to help with evaporation, do the whole windshield twice.

Wipe the outside of the glass side to side, and the inside up and down, you'll know where streaks are coming from if you have them.

Practice makes perfect.

You don't need anything special...besides what's been listed above.

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Old 07-28-2010, 12:21 AM   #10
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Thanks for the advice guys. I I used water on the side windows wiht a MF cloth, and today I came across somve INvisible Glass for the front windshield. It is friggin AMAZING. I didn't feel like putting in a lot of work to clean it (I found that the side windows took a lot of force and passes with teh cloth+ distilled water). This stuff did a great job. Way better than Windex. I can't see any streaks with the light I've been using (which picked up other products streaks).

Follow up question: My entire front windshield looks like it has little dust particles trapped in it. They're not really dust. I think they're very small scratches. I'm afraid that I might have inflicted them because they're EVERYWHERE. They're the size of the period at the end of this sentence. I only notice them in heavy sunlight, and some of them I can slightly feel with my fingernail. Can I use something to fill these? Like a filler type polish or something? Or does everyone have these and should I live wiht them? I'm upset because they annoy me in bright sunlight, and I'm afraid that I inflicted them by cleaning with too much force or a dirty cloth or something?
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Old 07-28-2010, 12:36 AM   #11
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Follow up question: My entire front windshield looks like it has little dust particles trapped in it. They're not really dust. I think they're very small scratches. I'm afraid that I might have inflicted them because they're EVERYWHERE. They're the size of the period at the end of this sentence. I only notice them in heavy sunlight, and some of them I can slightly feel with my fingernail. Can I use something to fill these? Like a filler type polish or something? Or does everyone have these and should I live wiht them? I'm upset because they annoy me in bright sunlight, and I'm afraid that I inflicted them by cleaning with too much force or a dirty cloth or something?
....that is likely pitting from road debris, dirt, small rocks, etc. There isn't a lot you can do about it to be honest. My '10 Challenger only has about 3k miles on it and I already have a handful of tiny nicks on my windscreen. I was about to replace the glass on my old '03 WRX due to heavy pitting from years of driving but I traded it in.
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Old 07-28-2010, 01:07 AM   #12
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(To be clear, I'm talking about the INSIDE of the car )
So I've been slowly detailing my car, and Windexed the windshield and back window. Then I realized it streaked and tried 50/50 alcohol/water, then distilled water. The front seems much better, and I can't notice any streaks in even heavy sunlight or at any angles. Except when it fogs up sometimes it fogs up in such a way that it shows the streaks in the direction I wiped the glass (if that makes sense), but the back windshield is terrible. It's really easy to see the streaks from how I wiped. I did have a reed type air freshner (you know the kinds with the oil and the wood sticks sticking out?) velcro-ed back there, so the oil might have evaporated onto the windshield a little, but I have tried all three ways of cleaning it.

What can I do to get the damn thing clean and completely streak free? How do you clean your windows?
Don't use too much product and claybar your windows too. It will help out a lot.
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Old 07-28-2010, 03:07 AM   #13
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yea use stoners invisible glass + microfiber
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Old 07-31-2010, 10:54 AM   #14
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I use a couple things when I detail my windows.
First, I use 50/50 IPA and filtered water to clean off the heavy stuff.
Then I go over it with Stoner window cleaner and a micro-fiber towel.
Works perfect every time.

Both products are fine for tint, too.
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Old 08-01-2010, 10:20 AM   #15
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One point that was made here....and I have to emphasize it is to try and work on the windshield when it is cool. Even cleaning it at night works great. It might be more important than what you use is when you use it.
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Old 08-02-2010, 06:07 AM   #16
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stoners works better than windex imo, and claybar the windshield. It does help and is easy to do. everybody should use microfiber towels. even in the house.
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Old 08-02-2010, 02:17 PM   #17
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And I find make sure you don't try to clean your windshield in direct sunlight, or the product just instantly leaves residue before you can wipe it away.
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Old 08-03-2010, 03:49 AM   #18
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I did have a reed type air freshner (you know the kinds with the oil and the wood sticks sticking out?) velcro-ed back there, so the oil might have evaporated onto the windshield a little, but I have tried all three ways of cleaning it.
Keep that thing out of your car! If it ever spills, it will destroy any plastic. Its like acid on plastic. I spilled some once on a Suunto watch I had and in a day or so it literally made the plastic crumble, even after I washed it off. Needless to say I was VERY upset about that. So... anybody need a Suunto heatrate monitor?

It wouldnt surprise me if the vapors of that are just as bad, and especially around shatter resistant glass, I wouldnt want to chance it.
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stoners works very well.
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Old 08-03-2010, 06:53 AM   #21
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(To be clear, I'm talking about the INSIDE of the car )
So I've been slowly detailing my car, and Windexed the windshield and back window. Then I realized it streaked and tried 50/50 alcohol/water, then distilled water. The front seems much better, and I can't notice any streaks in even heavy sunlight or at any angles. Except when it fogs up sometimes it fogs up in such a way that it shows the streaks in the direction I wiped the glass (if that makes sense), but the back windshield is terrible. It's really easy to see the streaks from how I wiped. I did have a reed type air freshner (you know the kinds with the oil and the wood sticks sticking out?) velcro-ed back there, so the oil might have evaporated onto the windshield a little, but I have tried all three ways of cleaning it.

What can I do to get the damn thing clean and completely streak free? How do you clean your windows?

I just thought about this, but have you tried using 99% pure isopropanol (comes in convenient wipes!) to clean the windows BEFORE using product?

In essence, you're using the iso to clean the glass and the product to make it invisible (can you tell I like Stoners Invisible Glass?)/keep it clean.
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