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Old 08-09-2010, 02:39 PM   #1
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I get a coating on the inside of the glass, that makes them near impossible to get streak free. I have to try a LOT of cleaners, and rub hard. I have only gotten them really clean 3X in 3 yrs, determined to do it. This last time I tried Windex, and since I smoke, vinegar and newspaper, Murphy's Oil Soap, since that is the best thing I have found for getting the tar off, paint thinner, Rain X, and a silicone tire dressing. Rain X gets a coating that gets on the outside of the windows in a big city, that takes 20 min of the wipers working in the rain to remove, till the haze, that is really bad at night with lights hitting it will wear off. Have to apply the X twice, not cleaning off the first.

What seemed to work the best this time was paint thinner applied, and then Rain X on a dry sponge and rubbing hard. They say the plasticizers from interior plastics gas off, and coat the inside of the glass. That should be what causes the New Car Smell, but that seems gone. The smoke from smoking may mix with the plasticizers, and add to the coating. I never had a problem like this before. I have gotten the coating off, but with a lot of effort, and was ready to try PVC solvent. Maybe applying something like Rain X to the insides will prevent the sticking of whatever it is, but I want the glass to be clean, with no streaks or smears when I clean them. Being a smoker, I have that to remove. No problems with my old car.
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Old 08-10-2010, 10:26 AM   #2
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I get a coating on the inside of the glass, that makes them near impossible to get streak free. I have to try a LOT of cleaners, and rub hard. I have only gotten them really clean 3X in 3 yrs, determined to do it. This last time I tried Windex, and since I smoke, vinegar and newspaper, Murphy's Oil Soap, since that is the best thing I have found for getting the tar off, paint thinner, Rain X, and a silicone tire dressing. Rain X gets a coating that gets on the outside of the windows in a big city, that takes 20 min of the wipers working in the rain to remove, till the haze, that is really bad at night with lights hitting it will wear off. Have to apply the X twice, not cleaning off the first.

What seemed to work the best this time was paint thinner applied, and then Rain X on a dry sponge and rubbing hard. They say the plasticizers from interior plastics gas off, and coat the inside of the glass. That should be what causes the New Car Smell, but that seems gone. The smoke from smoking may mix with the plasticizers, and add to the coating. I never had a problem like this before. I have gotten the coating off, but with a lot of effort, and was ready to try PVC solvent. Maybe applying something like Rain X to the insides will prevent the sticking of whatever it is, but I want the glass to be clean, with no streaks or smears when I clean them. Being a smoker, I have that to remove. No problems with my old car.
This purely anecdotal, but I quit using 'product' on my interior.
By 'Product' I mean any sort of cleaners for either the Dash or Windows etc etc. I use a spray bottle of hot water and a microfiber towel and clean everything with it, windows, dash, panels etc.

I've noticed that my windows stay a lot cleaner between cleanings.

*Disclaimer* I don't smoke.... in my car.
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Old 08-10-2010, 11:10 AM   #3
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I havent used anything to clean the inside of the car, except for the windows. I have read that using things like Armor All add to coating the inside of the windows.

The car is not a DD, and only has 10K mi in 3 yrs, so if it is the plasticizers from interior plastics, they may not be being gotten out of the car as often, and baked on in the sun.

When I smoke I crack the drivers window, and the rear door glass, and the rear hatch glass in the wagon get a coating on them, probably from smoking, and on the rear door windows, with the sun hitting them, I can see the coating is angled from the front seat back height. Above it cleaner than below it.
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Old 08-10-2010, 11:27 AM   #4
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I've heard many of the same things about products, that is why I quit using them entirely. You may consider a car cover since it's not a DD and appears to sit in the sun a lot. Since it's not driven a lot it seem, maybe regular cleaning after every use might be the way to go.

Good Luck.

Also, try a search for 'detailersdomain' here in NASIOC maybe you can PM him or find out what he does on his details.. the guy does some really good work. He may have some suggestions.
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Old 08-10-2010, 04:02 PM   #5
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I was going to cover it and bought a cover of Ebay, and the first was too small, and the replacement way too big. Then I heard, if the car isn't clean when covered, the paint could get scratched, and didn't feel like washing it before covering it. A friend with a bra on a Stang, wore through the paint under it. When it rains, dirt gets under it, and when driving the wind makes the bra move.

Going to have to try cleaning the windows more often, and found 2 techniques that get the gunk off, though not easy.
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Old 08-11-2010, 11:32 AM   #6
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I need to get after the dull spot-s I think are inside the headlight housings. It looks like it is only where the light beam hits it. Dealer tried to say it was on the outside, but mechanic said, it is probably out gasing of the adhesives holding housing halves together. Probably bakes on from the light beam heating the spots. Would probably have go in through the light bulb holes, and try to clean it off, which would be awkward, and might be tricky. What seemed to work best for the coating inside of the windows was Rain X on a dry cellulose sponge, and pressure. Should test it on the outside of the housings I a corner, to make sure it doesn't dull them more.

Doesn't look like the spots got larger or duller, and can only see them when the lights are on.
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