Windscreen cleaning

Submitted: Sunday, Feb 28, 2021 at 19:33
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Any suggestions as to best method of cleaning insects from windscreen. We'll be doing a fairly quick dash across the nullarbor and like to fully clean the screen every evening when we stop for the night.

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Reply By: RMD - Sunday, Feb 28, 2021 at 19:56

Sunday, Feb 28, 2021 at 19:56
I use Rainex, a denatured alcohol, which applied and spead with paper towel to screen and then buffed off until clear will provide a skiddy film on the screen. Most insects and grasshoppers etc, simply skid off while driving with minimal residue. Later wash off is easy. Application lasts for quite a while. Rainex
also provides water beading on screen and water disappears and I rarely use wipers even in the heaviest rain. Maybe wipers at slow speed. Water just disappears at speed over 60km.
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Follow Up By: JohnHelen W - Sunday, Feb 28, 2021 at 19:58

Sunday, Feb 28, 2021 at 19:58
Can you advise the best place to buy this product in WA.
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Follow Up By: RMD - Sunday, Feb 28, 2021 at 20:05

Sunday, Feb 28, 2021 at 20:05
Almost any auto store would like Burson, Supercheeeep, Repco, AutoBarn would have it or very similar product under a different name.
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Follow Up By: RMD - Sunday, Feb 28, 2021 at 20:46

Sunday, Feb 28, 2021 at 20:46
If Insects and hoppers are going to be a problem, I hope you have a free flowing but effective radiator shield / screen or overheating will be soon, and windscreen a secondary issue.
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Follow Up By: JohnHelen W - Monday, Mar 01, 2021 at 11:04

Monday, Mar 01, 2021 at 11:04
Well aware of the problems with insects and radiators. I survived through a locust plague by covering the front of the vehicle with the old type pressed plastic shade cloth. Locusts didn't stick to it at all and just dropped off when the vehicle stopped. I don't expect that sort of problem on this trip.
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Follow Up By: qldcamper - Monday, Mar 01, 2021 at 14:06

Monday, Mar 01, 2021 at 14:06
Plenty of grass hoppers throughout the pilbara at the moment, hopfully not as bad where your going.
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Monday, Mar 01, 2021 at 15:00

Monday, Mar 01, 2021 at 15:00
There’s a “few” between Winton & Hughenden at the moment too!



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Follow Up By: Stephen L (Clare) SA - Monday, Mar 01, 2021 at 20:11

Monday, Mar 01, 2021 at 20:11
A good spray with CT18, let it sit for some time and a hose off will get most of them off.

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Reply By: Member - Woteva - Sunday, Feb 28, 2021 at 20:06

Sunday, Feb 28, 2021 at 20:06
You can get it from any of the auto shops like Super Cheap, Repco, It is good gear.
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Sunday, Feb 28, 2021 at 20:18

Sunday, Feb 28, 2021 at 20:18
I've used a multitude of products over the years, John, but one of the best cleaning items to use, regardless of all these new ubeaut microfibre offerings, is a good supply of cotton singlets, Chesty Bond ones of course. Cleaning products are a personal choice, though I've found the creamy or foam products don't appear to clean quite as well as the liquid stuff.
I've tried the Bowden's "Naked Glass" a couple of times & it did a good job.



Cleaning when the screen is cool, with little or no wind(might be difficult on the Nullarbor) helps to get a good finish. There's cleaning pads available that have a mesh side, that makes removing dried insects much easier. If you're going to travel late until sundown, might pay to clean it at some stage through the day too. Grasshoppers are one of the worst to encounter because of their ability to deposit large quantities of guts, usually in the driver's line of sight.

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Reply By: Member - rocco2010 - Sunday, Feb 28, 2021 at 20:29

Sunday, Feb 28, 2021 at 20:29
Nothing better

Windscreen cleaner.
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Reply By: Dean K3 - Sunday, Feb 28, 2021 at 21:10

Sunday, Feb 28, 2021 at 21:10
splattered on burgs n guts I find a scourer pad for non stick frypans works a treat add bit of detergent and water for moisture cleans up quite nicely

and before anybody shudders and screams saying it will scratch the windscreen it won't head light restorers use much aggressive gritsto remove the dull yellow haze from poly carbonate headlights in a number of stages
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Follow Up By: Dusta - Tuesday, Mar 02, 2021 at 11:54

Tuesday, Mar 02, 2021 at 11:54
0000 grade steel wool won't scratch glass. i carry some in the car and use some water and it cleans anything off
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Reply By: Member - John - Monday, Mar 01, 2021 at 06:24

Monday, Mar 01, 2021 at 06:24
Bars Bugs in the washer bottle
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Reply By: AlbyNSW - Monday, Mar 01, 2021 at 07:26

Monday, Mar 01, 2021 at 07:26
I just use a bottle of water, dishwashing liquid and a dustpan brush
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Reply By: Member - McLaren3030 - Monday, Mar 01, 2021 at 08:45

Monday, Mar 01, 2021 at 08:45
Hi Johnhelen,

For cleaning, I find good old “windex” and paper towels seems to work pretty well. As for RMD’s suggestion regarding “Rainex”, sounds like that might be a good idea as a preventative treatment.

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Reply By: Phil G - Monday, Mar 01, 2021 at 08:57

Monday, Mar 01, 2021 at 08:57
I carry two 500ml spray bottles in the car - one with dishwashing liquid added and the other with plain water and they have many uses.
Use them for cleaning the windscreen (with scourer and chamois), washing teacups, glasses and the odd plate during the day, washing greasy hands, and even my wife's hair in the morning.
Started doing this in years gone by when we needed a spray bottle to detect tyre punctures on desert trips. Can be used for detecting gas leaks.
Also a great way to clean when water is scarce.
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Reply By: tonysmc - Monday, Mar 01, 2021 at 10:53

Monday, Mar 01, 2021 at 10:53
I've found that for cleaning I've always reverted back to good old Windex when at home but have just used dish washing liquid when travelling and have put it in the windscreen washer bottle and give the screen a squirt while driving and before the squashed bug has baked dry. I think the bars bugs windscreen cleaner probably works just the same. Great suggestion above of the two squirt bottles in the car, I think I'll start doing the same.
After you have cleaned the windscreen, I swear by using Rainx. Remember Rainx isn't for cleaning but its a glass treatment that makes the rain bead off and not so many bugs stick. I started using Rainx for my motorbike helmet (no wiper blades of course) and couldn't believe the difference. As said above, you hardly need to use wipers on a car.
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Follow Up By: Nomadic Navara - Wednesday, Mar 03, 2021 at 16:25

Wednesday, Mar 03, 2021 at 16:25
"Remember Rainx isn't for cleaning but its a glass treatment"

I beg to differ - Rain-X - it all depends upon which of their products you purchase.




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Follow Up By: tonysmc - Thursday, Mar 04, 2021 at 15:21

Thursday, Mar 04, 2021 at 15:21
Although I didn't specify which of there product, I was referring to the original Rain-X product which makes the rain bead off and is a glass treatment. The reason I mentioned about not being for cleaning is I know of people using the original stuff thinking its for cleaning and its no good for that. First line of product use says "Clean and dry surfaces before treating".
yes you can buy their cleaning product if you want
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Reply By: Lakers - Monday, Mar 01, 2021 at 11:56

Monday, Mar 01, 2021 at 11:56
On the Nullarbor run I have always found it easier to clean the bugs off in the morning before hitting the road. In many cases (depending on the time of the year) the windscreen will have a layer of condensation on it in the morning, and the bugs have softened. I also use vehicle wash (about 10%) and water in a spray bottle.
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Follow Up By: Kazza055 - Monday, Mar 01, 2021 at 17:33

Monday, Mar 01, 2021 at 17:33
I recall a homeward trip with the van on and it was covered in bugs. Next morning it was drizzling so got out in the rain and made easy work of it, the trick to to get them nice and wet.

For cleaning I use a drop of baby shampoo mixed with water in a spray bottle, easy-peasy.

Dish detergent is the last thing I would use anywhere on my car.
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Reply By: Member - rocco2010 - Monday, Mar 01, 2021 at 13:12

Monday, Mar 01, 2021 at 13:12
Every year is different but in a few Nullarbor trips in different seasons I don't remember bugs being that much of a problem that couldn't be be solved with water and a soft scourer and finish off with Windex.

Locusts in the wheatbelt (in a bad year) a different matter entirely.

Enjoy the trip. I might do it again this year.
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Reply By: Gbc.. - Monday, Mar 01, 2021 at 13:53

Monday, Mar 01, 2021 at 13:53
I had the good fortune to be driving the Marlborough stretch after dark just after that last cyclone. We didn’t make 30-40 minutes at a time before having to stop and do heavy duty cleaning. A cotton tea towel (big rag) doused in fresh water worked as good as anything. If you aren’t cooking them on they rehydrate and come off easily.
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Reply By: Bazooka - Monday, Mar 01, 2021 at 14:23

Monday, Mar 01, 2021 at 14:23
Agree with others re RainX John. Great for beading rain and helps to make insect cleaning a tad easier. Needs to be regularly re-applied. For on-the-go windscreen cleaning, water plus or minus a soft, non-scratch scourer works for me. The sooner bug strikes are removed from glass and duco the easier the job in my experience.

Personally I don't put household detergent anywhere near my car. Ammonia-free Windex is probably okay for windscreens, but there are plenty of better glass care products for inside and outside your vehicle. Search detailers forums if you want the good oil.
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Reply By: JohnHelen W - Monday, Mar 01, 2021 at 18:59

Monday, Mar 01, 2021 at 18:59
Many thanks for all your replies. I really didn't think that I'd get such a response.
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Reply By: Member - Outback Gazz - Monday, Mar 01, 2021 at 20:27

Monday, Mar 01, 2021 at 20:27
G'day All

Views:840 Replies:15 FollowUps:7 for a topic on cleaning a windscreen !

Sorry guys I just couldn't resist - and not having a go at John at all but how did the travelling Aussie cope with this everyday event around the country before the internet and forums ???

With well over 3 million k's travelling this big brown land under my belt I've had insects, locust's, beetles, birds, cockatoo's, magpies, pigeons, roos, emus and numerous other things splattered on my windscreen.

Cleaned it off with whatever I had available at the time and kept driving - simple really !


Have a safe and enjoyable trip John ( with hopefully a very clean windscreen lol )

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Follow Up By: nickb - Tuesday, Mar 02, 2021 at 00:28

Tuesday, Mar 02, 2021 at 00:28
Very true, but a quick question on a forum might give out a tip that will make life super easy!!!
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Follow Up By: Allan B (Sunshine Coast) - Tuesday, Mar 02, 2021 at 10:35

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Gazz, you ask....."how did the travelling Aussie cope with this everyday event before the internet and forums?"

You asked the bloke next to you at the pub bar, didn't you? lol

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Follow Up By: Member - Outback Gazz - Tuesday, Mar 02, 2021 at 10:51

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" You asked the bloke next to you at the pub bar, didn't you? lol "

Allan - that's a bit spooky, you seem to know me very well :)

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Follow Up By: Allan B (Sunshine Coast) - Tuesday, Mar 02, 2021 at 11:01

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Well Gazza, with your "3 million k's" and my, well not quite as many, we possibly fronted a bar together somewhere. lol
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Follow Up By: RMD - Tuesday, Mar 02, 2021 at 11:40

Tuesday, Mar 02, 2021 at 11:40
Can't people remember the, "around the campfire intense discussion" about windscreen cleaning, even happened before poly scubber pads too. How quickly we forget.
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Follow Up By: Allan B (Sunshine Coast) - Tuesday, Mar 02, 2021 at 12:02

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Yeh, I can remember them RMD. I can almost remember when vehicles didn't even have windscreens! lol
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Follow Up By: RMD - Tuesday, Mar 02, 2021 at 12:50

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Allan.
Almost before A model Fords, they had a screen. but didn't go fast enough for bugs to splatter. A fast run across the Nullabor? the "fast" might be the problem.
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Follow Up By: Allan B (Sunshine Coast) - Tuesday, Mar 02, 2021 at 12:59

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R, some had them but did not always use them.....
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Follow Up By: Member - Jim S1 - Tuesday, Mar 02, 2021 at 13:49

Tuesday, Mar 02, 2021 at 13:49
Windscreen dirty? No problem ...... raise windscreen!

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Follow Up By: RMD - Tuesday, Mar 02, 2021 at 15:04

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Allan.
As i said, No speed = No splatter. Truck is clean. Window up for aircon reasons.
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Follow Up By: Member - McLaren3030 - Thursday, Mar 04, 2021 at 09:18

Thursday, Mar 04, 2021 at 09:18
Allan, I can remember when windscreens didn’t have windscreen washers, just wipers, and some of those where “manually” operated. :-)

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Follow Up By: Allan B (Sunshine Coast) - Thursday, Mar 04, 2021 at 09:27

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Yes Macca, then some of those manual wipers were supplanted by vacuum-powered ones. Now that was a big step backwards. Drive uphill on a full throttle and they simply stopped!
Y'know, some of the youngsters on here don't enjoy the wonderful tapestry of these memories. lol

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Reply By: Member - shane r1 - Monday, Mar 01, 2021 at 22:41

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Not near one of my spray can’s at the moment.
But go to a John Deere dealership and get a can of I think it’s call “classic glass cleaner” I swear by it . If the bugs are dry like everything let it soak a bit.
Wipe of with paper towel , best stuff I’ve found .
On tractors and trucks it doesn’t attract dust after either.
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