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Old 09-27-2005, 11:56 PM   #1
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I don't know what it is but I can't seem to keep my windshield clean on the inside. I've never had this problem before. No matter how often I clean it, it gets filmed over shortly. I don't know if it's something coming out of the plastic or what. I don't smoke and have washed the inside with a variety of products, Windex, foam sprays, vinegar, three times a week and it keeps coming back in a day or two. It has been hot and the windows are usually closed.

Anyone else having this problem and figured out a good cleaner? Hwy61
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Old 09-27-2005, 11:58 PM   #2
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i always use 409 surface cleaner and go over it at least 3 times... stays clean for a good amount of time. that, and never use your defroster vents.
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Old 09-27-2005, 11:59 PM   #3
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Old 09-28-2005, 12:11 AM   #4
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try invisaglass it seems to work well
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Old 09-28-2005, 12:30 AM   #5
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Use a damp sponge with a little liquid dish soap on it. Rinse to get all the soap residue off and then use a foam type window cleaner. The soap cuts through the greasy film caused by the interior plastic & vinyl. This works better than anything else and it's cheap.

Most cleaners like Windex only smear the dirt around.
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Old 09-28-2005, 12:50 AM   #6
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It's coming from your dash plastic. Try throwing a towel over the dash on hot days when you park it. Also check to make sure no liquids are sitting around on hot days. They evaporate and condense on the inside of the glass.
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Old 09-28-2005, 12:55 AM   #7
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Maybe you have too much armor-all or whatever you use on the dash that keeps evaporating.

For the inside, I clean with a damp microfiber towel (just use water) followed by a dry microfiber. Works really well and not much elbow grease needed.
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Old 09-28-2005, 05:39 AM   #8
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+! for Stoner's InvisiGlass (or some such name). I use it w/ a microfiber towel and it's the best I've found so far, after much trial and error - mostly error.
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Old 09-28-2005, 06:01 AM   #9
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stoners and some newspaper to rub off all the gunk
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Old 09-28-2005, 06:15 AM   #10
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Would denatured alcohol (found in paint departments at hardware stores) work?
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Old 09-28-2005, 09:46 AM   #11
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Stoner's Invisible Glass
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Old 09-28-2005, 10:48 AM   #12
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ammonia free glass cleaner
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Old 09-28-2005, 10:55 AM   #13
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I use Stoner's Invisible Glass with newspaper to clean all my glass inside and out. I don't have to do the inside of the windshield but maybe once every 6-8 weeks.
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Old 09-28-2005, 01:52 PM   #14
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Another vote for Stoner's IG with microfiber towel. Just make sure your towel is completely clean and free of any washing detergent/shampoo.
Your plastic dash is going to give off some vapor when it's brand new. How much would depend alot on the atmospheric condition. But it will stop eventually.
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Old 09-28-2005, 02:43 PM   #15
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Quote:
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Maybe you have too much armor-all or whatever you use on the dash that keeps evaporating.

For the inside, I clean with a damp microfiber towel (just use water) followed by a dry microfiber. Works really well and not much elbow grease needed.

i agree with this guy ^
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Old 09-28-2005, 05:06 PM   #16
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newspaper bro..works wonders
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Old 09-28-2005, 06:35 PM   #17
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Stoner and newspaper.

It works great everytime!!!!!
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Old 09-28-2005, 08:12 PM   #18
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not sure if this applies to you, but smoking inside your car helps to cause that film too. my film didn't appear until i broke down and started to smoke inside the car. also, if you move your vent from recirc to outside, it helps too. at least it does for me.
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Old 09-28-2005, 10:35 PM   #19
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I second the too much armor-all ...i know, i use it too much too and have the same problem with dirty interior windshield..

... but my remedy is to keep one of those mini California-Dusters and wipe down the windshield... poof ! Streaks & smears are gone, and they tend to stay away for a good bit too...

Peace
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Old 09-28-2005, 10:40 PM   #20
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Thanks guys. Mine has been looking like crud for a while. Where could I get stoners from.
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Old 09-28-2005, 10:49 PM   #21
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windex + newspaper
make sure you don't use any with color photos. in fast, the less photos the better.
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Old 09-29-2005, 12:08 AM   #22
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Thanks guys. Mine has been looking like crud for a while. Where could I get stoners from.
any auro parts store should have them
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Old 09-29-2005, 12:37 AM   #23
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Some good advice. No I don't smoke. Actually the newspaper thing has been recommended by Consumer Report rag for years. Seems they even have their own receipe for a wash.

I never use Armor All or anything like it. Never have been able to stand that short of thing. Just soap and water on a towel. I'd shoot a man ever sprayed any of that fragrance in my car. Make it smell like a cheap hotel forever. Yep I'd shoot him. Never black my tires either, seems a total waste as it washes off immediately. I do wash the car 2 to 3 times weekly, black you know.

I've heard of stuff coming out of the plastic in the dash and that might be some of the problem especially in hot weather with the windows up. Will get some Stoners and other stuff and see if I can improve the situation. Thanks all. Hwy61
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Old 09-29-2005, 01:34 AM   #24
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Since it's an 05 and the plastic is new, what you're most likely seeing is the off-gassing from the plastic inside the car... Especially the dash and any plastic like that. I am pretty sure that this is also what gives your car "new car smell" - the plastic curing completely. The problem will dissipate as the plastic cures completely.

If you've got serious glass issues (water spots, crud built up), there are other products out there to address that, as well.

However, everyone else had good recommendations. I've never liked the newspaper thing, myself but do rely on a good automotive glass cleaner + microfiber for the interior glass.

You can get StonersIG from Autopia, as well as a kit with glass cleaner and MF towels and all that.

Also! Cleaning windows tip - on the outside do an up/down motion and left/right motion on the inside --- that way if you have streaks, you know right away which side of the glass they're on
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Old 09-29-2005, 02:47 AM   #25
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ah. just stumbled across this article from MSNBC on autopia that explains it...

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The new-car smell emanates largely from chemicals known as volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, that leach from glues, paints, vinyls and plastics in the passenger compartment. The fumes can trigger headaches, sore throats, nausea and drowsiness. Prolonged exposure to some of the chemicals can lead to cancer, though there's no evidence linking that to concentrations in cars.
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