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Old 06-24-2012, 10:48 AM   #1
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Default Window cleaner suggestions

I did a search and the last thread asking about general window cleaner was from 2004. As I continue to improve on my detailing skills I move on to a new areas and new products. What are your suggestions for Window cleaners.

Today I tried Rain-x automotive glass cleaner and Invisible glass. I wiped it down with paper towels as the directions suggested. Neither was streak free. The invisible glass seemed to give a better result.
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Old 06-24-2012, 11:19 AM   #2
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Invisible Glass is the best I've found. If your window is really dirty, it'll take two cleaning to get rid of the streaks. Is your towel dirty?
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Old 06-24-2012, 11:25 AM   #3
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Use invisible glass in an aerosol can. Make sure it doesn't have any rain repellant stuff in it. I'm almost positive that it doesn't. Then, use paper towel that isn't the first two or last two sheets on the roll - they have adhesive. Five sheets should work for a couple windows. Also, don't clean windows in direct sunlight, or when the windows are hot.
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Old 06-24-2012, 11:40 AM   #4
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Use invisible glass in an aerosol can. Make sure it doesn't have any rain repellant stuff in it. I'm almost positive that it doesn't. Then, use paper towel that isn't the first two or last two sheets on the roll - they have adhesive. Five sheets should work for a couple windows. Also, don't clean windows in direct sunlight, or when the windows are hot.
Great advice. Invisible glass or Eagle One in the aerosol are what I normally use.

Newspaper also works well in lieu of paper towels.
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Old 06-24-2012, 01:43 PM   #5
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I used to use newspaper, but I found that in recent times, the ink has changed (I think it's made of soy), so they smear a bit. But maybe that's just where I live. In general, any aerosol is better. And don't combine rain repellants with cleaners - they secure in the smears better Also, do the whole car once, and then go around and clean them again to get the spots you might've missed.
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Old 06-24-2012, 04:44 PM   #6
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Use invisible glass in an aerosol can. Make sure it doesn't have any rain repellant stuff in it. I'm almost positive that it doesn't. Then, use paper towel that isn't the first two or last two sheets on the roll - they have adhesive. Five sheets should work for a couple windows. Also, don't clean windows in direct sunlight, or when the windows are hot.
Does the aerosol can give better results than the spray bottle?
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Old 06-24-2012, 11:04 PM   #7
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Yeah, for whatever reason, the aerosol can works the best. I've tried the wipes, The normal spray bottle, and the aerosol can. There's a noticeable difference.
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Old 06-24-2012, 11:10 PM   #8
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Adam's glass cleaner kit is awesome
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Old 06-25-2012, 01:26 PM   #9
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Invisible glass, towel to wipe down (i try to get it as dry as possible with the first towel) then a nice microfiber towel will do to get the streaks off. Make sure youʻre not using too much of the cleaner either. I made that mistake and the whole way to the weekly car meet I was cursing myself out haha.
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Old 06-26-2012, 04:12 PM   #10
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I use old school vinegar and r.o. water, 50/50 and it has yet to let me down!
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Old 06-26-2012, 04:33 PM   #11
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water and a microfiber cloth. never streaks
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Old 06-26-2012, 06:14 PM   #12
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I just bought the RainX window cleaner because my new WRX had horrid visibility in rain compared to my previous impreza that was well RainX'd with their special washer fluid.

It did streak a bit so it took extra time to clean, but it is SOOOO worth it for the RainX beading in the rain.
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Old 06-26-2012, 06:31 PM   #13
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For exterior, I just use whatever I can get my hands on, whether it be windshield washer fluid, Invisible Glass, etc. For interior, I always use Invisible Glass Aerosol and squeegee as much of it away as I can, then use a microfiber to clean up where the squeegee won't fit. 99.9% effectiveness!
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Old 06-26-2012, 09:26 PM   #14
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Invisible glass is good stuff, diluted vinegar works extremely well as someone else mentioned. Also if you want to get real serious they make special glass cleaning cloths and a claybar specifically for glass.
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Old 06-26-2012, 10:08 PM   #15
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I was given the safelite auto glass cleaner when I got my windshield replaced and it works well. I was told by the guy who tinted my windows just to use a diluted dish soap (palmolive or dawn) solution to clean the windows. I tried it and it works great!
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Old 06-26-2012, 10:38 PM   #16
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Adam's glass cleaner kit is awesome
This.

Invisible Glass works also if you don't have access to Adam's or need something you can buy off the shelf locally.
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Old 06-26-2012, 10:42 PM   #17
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Rain X has never left streaks for me.
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Old 06-27-2012, 09:29 AM   #18
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i love the 50/50 distilled vinegar and water, but stoner's was on sale and that stuff works great as well
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Old 06-27-2012, 10:23 AM   #19
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Right there, we use it for just about everything, works great.
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Old 06-27-2012, 10:30 AM   #20
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This works great, no streaks, just not on hot glass, it evaporates very quickly, leaves a great aroma. Easy to find too.

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Right there, we use it for just about everything, works great.
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Old 06-30-2012, 09:49 AM   #21
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Thanks for all the tips. Going over it 2 times did the trick with both brands.
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Old 06-30-2012, 10:20 AM   #22
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You used RainX on the interior? I avoided that in case the greasy RainX film attracts particles on the inside.
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Old 06-30-2012, 12:11 PM   #23
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I did use it on the inside. You make a good point.
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Old 07-02-2012, 12:56 PM   #24
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Stoners.
They have a new glass product, outstanding.
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adams glass cleaner . too bad it ran out quick :/ very good stuff
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