foggy windscreens

Submitted: Sunday, Jun 12, 2005 at 06:50
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Have just tried spraying hair spray(rub in with a cloth) on the inside of the windscreen to stop it misting up. Seems to work OK. Any one got any better ideas?
P.S.The no-name brand hair spray has made the vehicle smell like a pox doctors clerks boudoir!
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Reply By: KiwiAngler - Sunday, Jun 12, 2005 at 07:42

Sunday, Jun 12, 2005 at 07:42
I got onto " RainX" about 2 years ago and reckon it is one of the best products that I have used, They do an exterior and interior version and both are amazing. The exterior version actually gets better each time you put it on (I guessit leaves residual each time which builds up). Not cheap, but a little goes a long way, and it works.
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Follow Up By: kev.h - Sunday, Jun 12, 2005 at 10:35

Sunday, Jun 12, 2005 at 10:35
Agree its great stuff and at least you dont have to drive with the windows dowd due to the smell
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Follow Up By: Member - iMusty (VIC) - Sunday, Jun 12, 2005 at 11:37

Sunday, Jun 12, 2005 at 11:37
How often do you use it?

Mine tends go get real bad as it wears off. By real bad I mean blurry screen and the wipers dont tend to do a good job. I use it on the bus and the VT. I also always clean my wiper blades when I put it on.
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Follow Up By: Nudenut - Sunday, Jun 12, 2005 at 11:50

Sunday, Jun 12, 2005 at 11:50
iMusty
they are talking about the inside...not the outside.....or do have your wipers on the inside ?......remind us to keep out off the roads when your out-n-about in the wet
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Follow Up By: Member - iMusty (VIC) - Sunday, Jun 12, 2005 at 12:05

Sunday, Jun 12, 2005 at 12:05
Quote from KiwiAngler "The """"exterior"""" version actually gets better each time you put it on (I guessit"

Why arnt you away in oooodnadatta anyway?

It's close to you.
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Follow Up By: Nudenut - Sunday, Jun 12, 2005 at 12:22

Sunday, Jun 12, 2005 at 12:22
oh an outside version...

where's that hehe and why would I want to go there?
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Follow Up By: KiwiAngler - Sunday, Jun 12, 2005 at 15:14

Sunday, Jun 12, 2005 at 15:14
Qoute from KiwiAngler """"They do an exterior and interior version"""""
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Reply By: Nudenut - Sunday, Jun 12, 2005 at 10:40

Sunday, Jun 12, 2005 at 10:40
aircon works fine for me...no need to spend extra on stuff that may or may not work
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Follow Up By: Member - Jimbo (VIC) - Sunday, Jun 12, 2005 at 11:23

Sunday, Jun 12, 2005 at 11:23
Ditto Repeato
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Follow Up By: Member - iMusty (VIC) - Sunday, Jun 12, 2005 at 11:40

Sunday, Jun 12, 2005 at 11:40
Aircon. In my dreams.

The bus has a heater with 4 fan settings. Low. Mediun. High and off.

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Follow Up By: Nudenut - Sunday, Jun 12, 2005 at 11:46

Sunday, Jun 12, 2005 at 11:46
obviously the bus doesnt have aircon....suffer!

But a heater, under some conditions, does not work....
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Follow Up By: Member - iMusty (VIC) - Sunday, Jun 12, 2005 at 12:23

Sunday, Jun 12, 2005 at 12:23
Funny you should mention that TODAY. Yesterday was the first time in 6 years I had to wipe the inside of the bus's windscreen with a teatowel.
lol.

It's a bloody big windscreen, and I had all manner of difficulty getting it done.

lol
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Follow Up By: Nudenut - Sunday, Jun 12, 2005 at 12:33

Sunday, Jun 12, 2005 at 12:33
Difficult gettiing it done....single eh?..or didnnt she want to do it at first
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Reply By: Member - Jimbo (VIC) - Sunday, Jun 12, 2005 at 11:23

Sunday, Jun 12, 2005 at 11:23
"P.S.The no-name brand hair spray has made the vehicle smell like a pox doctors clerks boudoir! "

ROFLMAO
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Follow Up By: Nudenut - Sunday, Jun 12, 2005 at 11:47

Sunday, Jun 12, 2005 at 11:47
maybe he likes it that way hahaha
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Reply By: Member - Duncan W (WA) - Sunday, Jun 12, 2005 at 12:18

Sunday, Jun 12, 2005 at 12:18
Guys, just get a bar of soap (dry) and put a few streaks over the glass rub in so as to remove the streaks. Works a brilliantly. Used this method in our bathroom and ensuite for years on the mirrors, stops them steaming up a treat. Also it wont pong up your vehicle or gas you while your applying it.

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from a very wet Perth
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Follow Up By: Nudenut - Sunday, Jun 12, 2005 at 12:35

Sunday, Jun 12, 2005 at 12:35
another silly idea...whats wrong with an exhaust fan...also stops the growing of mould!
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Follow Up By: Member - Duncan W (WA) - Sunday, Jun 12, 2005 at 13:31

Sunday, Jun 12, 2005 at 13:31
Der, got a ceiling/exhaust fan. The soap trick works when you don't have one.

Can just see a hole being cut in the roof of your bus and installing an exhaust fan. Where would you plug in the extension cord? Would have to be bloody long cord. LOL

Maybe install a whirly bird so as you drive along you freeze your nut/s off.

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Reply By: Member - Ray - Sunday, Jun 12, 2005 at 18:40

Sunday, Jun 12, 2005 at 18:40
I can't believe some of you blokes.You spend a fortune on all sorts of stuff and baulk at spending a few dollars on the best safety product available for glass. Just bite the bullet and get some "Rainex"(both interior and exterior)and you won't regret it.
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Follow Up By: Member - RockyOne - Monday, Jun 13, 2005 at 09:14

Monday, Jun 13, 2005 at 09:14
Hey! Don't spend any $..Just grab a raw"spud",cut it in half and wipe it on inside glass..Wks great..Then,if you get stranded,instead of a can of Baked Beans,eat the spud..Some wicked folk used the spud method when hot breaths fogged up things at drive-ins (remember them),but of course,only when it was time to drive home..Sometimes a fogged up car is ok.Say no more..Now,where were we?....(One dis-advantage of courting on a motorcycle)
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Saturday, Jun 25, 2005 at 22:30

Saturday, Jun 25, 2005 at 22:30
Thanks Rocky, I'd forgotten the old spud trick. My old man used to do that and for the outside he'd use cigarette ash and crumpled up newspaper.
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Reply By: Bonz (Vic) - Monday, Jun 13, 2005 at 11:29

Monday, Jun 13, 2005 at 11:29
From what adventure are you aware of that scent?

hahahaha

oh and I use Rain-X on the outside and aircon on the inside
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Reply By: tifino - Saturday, Jun 25, 2005 at 22:04

Saturday, Jun 25, 2005 at 22:04
for windows treatments i've been using rainex (external)since 1978. nothing matches it's performance for the purpose.

For the foggy glass problems I too have tried the rainex anti-fog, alas that particular product failed to impress me. It actually made the problem worse. I've experimented with many other types. Even tried metho.
Well the only success I came up up with was plain old water. Very Hot - the hottest you can bear in fact.
A bucket of it, and use a wettex (not a brand new one though as it deposits it's own smearing contaminants) use one that has been used in the laundry a couple of days only first.
My method:
sitting in the car, dip, squeeze out and then sweep the hot wettex vertically in one direction only, not up-down-up. This helps reduce any re-smearing onto the now hot wet glass surface. (You can demo the same re-smear effect by wiping spectacle glass to and fro with a kleenex)
Finish the job by now redipping and then really squeezing the wettex and repeat the motions. You'll notice the steam effect on the window, and straight away the difference the sqeaky clean surface is. if it has'nt dried in less than 1 min, the surface isnt sqeaky clean yet, just repeat that area.
You won't get any where as much foggyed effects for weeks now. I don't and live in a cold foggy area of SE victoria.
Other effects that compound fogged glass problems come from the vinyl dash. Again the use of very hot water / wettex does a good job. (don't use the same wettex though on the glass as you have used on the dash)

Any fog that does eventuate now will be extremely reduced, so it's always a good idea to use your demister, with aircon selected to utilise the dried air supply.
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Reply By: Member - Kingsley N (SA) - Saturday, Jun 25, 2005 at 22:47

Saturday, Jun 25, 2005 at 22:47
Why don't you just run the aircon with some heat added in? Or am I missing something here?
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Follow Up By: tifino - Sunday, Jun 26, 2005 at 22:25

Sunday, Jun 26, 2005 at 22:25
the aircon trick of course gets rid of the glass wetting in the short term, but I found the symptoms simply get worse (accumulates) unless the window gets cleaned on a some sort of regular basis. The main offender to the accumulation is the vinyl dash. A good symptom of the grime accumulation is seen with oncoming traffic at night. It may be the middle of summer and the glass may be dry, but the grime/haze/smears will produce lots of glare from the oncoming lights. My windscreen being so clean inside and out means I can even be driving directly into the setting sun yet have perfect vision for the full width of the windscreen
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Reply By: Fusion - Monday, Jun 27, 2005 at 09:18

Monday, Jun 27, 2005 at 09:18
Another vote for RainX here, have used it for a few years and it is brilliant. One application lasts for ages.

Thanks,

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