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Old 06-17-2011, 02:57 PM   #1
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i've always tried to avoid cleaning the inside of the front and rear windshields. the angles always makes it difficult to clean it.

i have used windex and stoners invisible glass. the latter working better. but i was wondering if any of you had any tips or product suggestions
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Old 06-17-2011, 03:26 PM   #2
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Clean all other surfaces first, park car in cool area and avoid direct light. Wait for windshield to be cool to touch. Get a new or freshly cleaned mircofiber cloth, and fresh clean warm water with a very very little amount of dish soap mixed in. make sure you hands are clean and start washing from top to bottom, take a nice clean lint free cloth to go back over the windows. You can then go over it again with you fav glass cleaner.
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Old 06-17-2011, 11:36 PM   #3
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i havent used it, but a buddy uses the window mop, the microfiber "as seen on tv" thingy....he wears by it....
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Old 06-17-2011, 11:44 PM   #4
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This will turn into a giant +1 thing of people chiming in but

Stoner's Invisible glass with a clean paper towel. Worked the best never had streak issues.

I clean it with the invisible glass then wipe with a paper towel to dry it.
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Old 06-18-2011, 12:02 AM   #5
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Windex and newspaper...

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Old 06-18-2011, 12:17 AM   #6
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Old 06-18-2011, 12:30 AM   #7
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If you're ever cold during the winter time, newspaper also doubles as excellent insulation.
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Old 06-18-2011, 01:11 AM   #8
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windex always gives me problems...
i just read that the stoner invisible glass should be purchased in aerosol form, not the spray bottle. so maybe this will be the difference since i always bought it in the liquid spray form.

and now i am really tempted to buy one of those windshield microfiber reach tools.
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Old 06-18-2011, 01:18 AM   #9
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warm water and a newspaper....sometimes I add a bit of rubbing alcohol to the water if its real bad.

those microfiber as seen on tv things work pretty good too
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Old 06-18-2011, 01:19 AM   #10
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Invisible Glass + one of them "reach" tools = magic
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Old 06-18-2011, 07:10 AM   #11
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Clean all other surfaces first, park car in cool area and avoid direct light. Wait for windshield to be cool to touch. Get a new or freshly cleaned mircofiber cloth, and fresh clean warm water with a very very little amount of dish soap mixed in. make sure you hands are clean and start washing from top to bottom, take a nice clean lint free cloth to go back over the windows. You can then go over it again with you fav glass cleaner.
i also give him all these suggestions.
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Old 06-20-2011, 11:55 PM   #12
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I've found that it's 90% technique, 10% product.

I've tried windex, OTS auto glass cleaners, stoners, FK glass concentrate, plain distilled water an that as seen on tv window reach tool.

They'll all streak if you're not using the right technique. It needs to be the last step, as said earlier. Any dash cleaner aerosol'd into the air will result in spots. That reach tool with distilled water works good about 2 times and then it needs to be cleaned and will start shedding.

I've been buying my MF towels in bulk from Sam's club. Proforce packs of 24 for 12 bucks. Can't beat that. I pretty much treat them as disposable. One side of the towels is plush, one side tight knit. Use one towel folded to plush side to spray and then agitate. Use a separate towel that's dry and on the tight night to buff away streaks. I'll wash the towels once or twice and after that I'll downgrade them to dash duty as they'll start shedding.

I personally prefer Finish Kare's glass concentrate just because you order one bottle, some distilled water and a nice spray bottle and you'll not be ordering anymore for a long time.

It's really not that much better of a product than anything else though, IMO. I liked stoner's aerosol pretty well, but it wasn't perfect either if you didn't use a good technique. You can't just spray and wipe and expect good results.
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Old 06-21-2011, 01:37 AM   #13
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so in summary...

- use very clean or new microfibers
- clean windows as the last step of any detail/wash

i bought this reach tool. didnt wanna drop $15-20 for a handle + microfiber.
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i plan on using stoners. should i use distilled water after, before, or not at all?
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Old 06-21-2011, 08:54 AM   #14
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I found that reach tool actually worked best when you followed their instructions and used just straight up distilled water lightly misted over the MF.

But like I said, that works the first time when it's clean. Maybe the second....then the thing is dirty and needs washed. It doesn't work as well after.
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Old 06-21-2011, 09:21 AM   #15
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Windex and newspaper...

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Unless you have tint, in which case it will turn the tint purple, and eventually break it down to fall apart.


Meguiar's NXT Glass Cleaner, and a clean microfiber. /thread.
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Old 06-21-2011, 10:28 AM   #16
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If you wipe the inside of the window in a horizontal motion and the outside in a vertical motion, if you have streaks, it's easier to know where they are coming from.
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Old 06-21-2011, 10:51 AM   #17
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I agree with Scooby24's idea that it has more to do with technique than actual product. However, I would also add that media choice is just as important as technique.

There are a myriad of MF choices out there that would never work for me on glass and I am just as choosy as to what I use in that application as I am with paint. Another factor is individual perception (what they would consider "clean") and/or lighting (i.e. glass that looks clear most of the day can reveal streaks/film at dawn/dusk, under certain lighting, at dawn/dusk, etc.). Specific applications can also vary (stubborn residues, off-gassing of plastics or products used on the interior, etc.).

In most cases I simply use a solution of DI water and IPA for wipe-downs. ....and (currently) I'm using Pak Shak flat weaves and waffle weave glass towels. I say "currently" since I'm always open to new solutions that may make this task easier.

If this topic was really as easy as a general recommendation and "/thread", I'll wager I wouldn't see it discussed as often as I do in detailing forums even among professionals. Personally, I find glass is one of my least favorite things to clean (although some cars I've owned have been easier than others).
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Old 06-25-2011, 07:23 AM   #18
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any kind of heavy foam glass cleaner will do a good job. get a small tooth brush to clean the tight spots and then use canned air to dry and you will have a nice streak free shine
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Old 06-25-2011, 11:14 AM   #19
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Invisible glass & Stoner 95161 Invisible Glass Reach & Clean Tool = Epic Awesomeness

I've tried the cheap "As Seen On TV" windshield tool, & it left a furry mess all over the inside of my window ... even after washing the thing twice
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Old 06-25-2011, 05:24 PM   #20
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Yes, this one.
This thing is indispensable, especially in cars with big swoopy windshields like Infinitis and BMWs.
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Old 06-25-2011, 06:12 PM   #21
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the auto-glass company i work for uses Pilkington brand glass cleaner. It's a foam in an aerosol can, never streaks
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Old 06-26-2011, 11:00 AM   #22
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light water and microfiber towels work for me

take a dry one to go over it again
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Old 06-27-2011, 12:02 PM   #23
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I use an ammonia free glass cleaner.

For the back window, I've had good results with wrapping my ice scraper with a Costco micro fiber and using that to give me better leverage. Fold it around the blade a few times, and hold it in place with a rubberband. The front window is much easier by hand.
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