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Old 05-10-2001, 05:53 PM   #1
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Question Window fogging problem?

My car has been mostly sitting for the past three weeks; maybe 50 miles of driving. It's looking hella dirty. I noticed a glare from the sun, so when I filled it up I cleaned the windows. Got back in and noticed that it wasn't just a glare; I have a fog on the rear window. Ya know how a smoker's car gets a buildup of...stuff?...on the windows? That's what it looks like on my rear window. I don't smoke. I've never had a smoker in my car. Now here's the weird part. If you look closely, you can see a pattern on each side of the window that looks mysteriously like the speakers in the rear shelf.

Besides taking some windex to it, is there any way I can prevent this from happening? The car's going into outdoor storage for about 5 months starting in June, and I'd hate to come back and find all my windows looking like that.
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Old 05-10-2001, 06:11 PM   #2
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*keep the windows very, very clean - routinely... i wash mine once a week

*drive w/the defrost and ac on - the ac system has a receiver dryer in it that helps to dry the air, thus reducing the fogging effect..

i use this all the times while racing as the windows have a tendency to fog really bad...

*keep the air vents on "fresh" not recirculate

hope this helps.
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Old 05-10-2001, 06:26 PM   #3
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How about rain-x anti-fog?
I have some but haven`t used it yet.

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Old 05-10-2001, 06:31 PM   #4
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i tried the rainx anti fog and no matter how hard i tried to clean it, it left a nasty film on the inside of the windows...

could just be me tho

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Old 05-10-2001, 06:43 PM   #5
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rain-x anti fog works for me
takes a lot of rubbing to get that film off
but it's worth it
should go put some on my RS now
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Old 05-11-2001, 12:36 AM   #6
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Nono, I think I know what Skirvdawg is talking about. Does it come in blotches? Mine looks like that right now. If you look up close it looks like someone did a really bad tint job (no I don't have tint) and it's starting to bubble.

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Old 05-11-2001, 12:42 AM   #7
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i use rain-x anti-fog and it works great! you just you have buff out the filmy residue after application real good. keeps my windows fog free.
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Old 05-11-2001, 04:46 AM   #8
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I use rainx antifog as well. I removed the AC from my car and it's almost necessary to keep the windows from fogging on a rainy day.

Moisture fog is not the same thing that you are talking about though. I'm not sure what causes the film. I think it's just common smoke/haze/polution/gases emitted from heated plastic parts etc that collects on the inside of the windows. Just like a smokers car.. though it accumulates just a little slower.
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Old 05-11-2001, 05:14 AM   #9
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Five months outside un-driven is a long time. I'm betting that the film on the windows is a combination of a small amount of moisture and a larger amount of atmospheric pollutants. My suggestion for a long outside storage is 1: Turn Air Selector Switch to the re-circulate position to seal the inside of the car. 2ut some sort of UV protection on the seats, dash etc. 3: Put one or two unscented moth balls in a dish inside the car (in a dish because it will dissolve over time). 4: Purchase one or two unscented chemical de-humidifiers from a hardware store and place inside of car when leaving. I hope this works. Good luck.

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Old 05-11-2001, 07:03 AM   #10
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Yeah, the Rain-X Anti-Fog works fine for me...Just gotta work at it a little bit harder than regular Rain-X
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