CLEANING VEHICLE WINDOWS

Hi all. Just wondering what people use to clean their vehicle windows. As someone who used to cover about 150,000km a year on country roads I have a theory that clean, dust free windows make the vehicle cooler. I know this is not true but without the sun highlighting dust particles the vehicle just feels cooler.

At the moment I just use clean water in the washers and also have a spray bottle with a mix of water & metho for daily cleaning.

Interested to hear what other people use.

John
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Reply By: Member - Axle - Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 20:11

Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 20:11
Hi John.

Windex Glass streakfree cleaner!, or Whatever other one takes your fancy"


Butt!!!, You must use a Micro Fibre cloth, You will be astounded at the difference

Cheers Axle
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Reply By: Madfisher - Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 20:15

Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 20:15
Well at work I spray a citrus cleaner over the windscreen then rub a fine scourer over the windscreen to remove bugs. Hose off then use a squegee to remove excess water then finish off if I have time with newspaper and a similar product to windez. Side windows use a mop, squegee, then paper.
Cheers Pete
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Follow Up By: Member - Mfewster(SA) - Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 20:40

Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 20:40
I don't know the truth of this, just repesating what I heard on the radio on a DIY program. They reckoned that newspaper used to be a good idea because meths was used in the ink but the ink now used a rubber product that actually promotes smearing. As I said, I dunno, but I certainly agree with using a microfibre cloth. Magic stuff.
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Follow Up By: Madfisher - Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 21:17

Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 21:17
Microfibre cloth is the best, but newspaper still works well, especially getting rid of sticky little finger marks. We have three 25 seat Rosa buses and about 10 14 seater hi aces so I get plenty of practice lol.
I had a smearing problem on the inside of my Jacks windsreen, and used windex and newspaper to clean my side. No more smearing on my side but still does it on pass side
Cheers Pete
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 23:03

Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 23:03
Steel wool is safer than scourers.
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Follow Up By: Mike DiD - Tuesday, Mar 16, 2010 at 09:40

Tuesday, Mar 16, 2010 at 09:40
Modern inks are coloured fats.
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Follow Up By: Tenpounder (SA) - Thursday, Mar 18, 2010 at 10:05

Thursday, Mar 18, 2010 at 10:05
I have personal experience of the hazards of steel wool: I was recommended to use steel wool to remove bugs etc., and it worked real well for quite a while, until, one day, I must have picked up some grit in the steel wool. By the time I realised what was happening, I had scoured the glass - right in front of the driver's eyes, of course!!
So that convinced me to stop the steel wool trick.
Of course, if her indoors is not looking, there's nothing better than a clean white hankie for windscreens, chrome and even dip sticks!
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Thursday, Mar 18, 2010 at 11:01

Thursday, Mar 18, 2010 at 11:01
Wouldn't the grit have damaged the screen if it had been picked in any cleaning cloth?
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Follow Up By: Tenpounder (SA) - Thursday, Mar 18, 2010 at 12:38

Thursday, Mar 18, 2010 at 12:38
Well, Shaker, you might just be right there! But as a city slicker economist, the looks I got at the time from the locals said it all, like "well what do you expect, you idiot".
I just thought I'd share the thought
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Thursday, Mar 18, 2010 at 15:06

Thursday, Mar 18, 2010 at 15:06
I was in the motor industry for a long time, steel wool is used extensively for cleaning overspray from glass.
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Reply By: Member - Josh (TAS) - Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 21:05

Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 21:05
Not sure about cleaning the window but to stop it fogging up on the inside we use a dry cake of soap. Rub some onto the window, use a dry cloth to rub the soap all over the window until it is all rubbed in. This will stop the window fogging up on the inside. Reapply when needed. I use velvet soap.

Josh
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Reply By: BuggerBoggedAgain - Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 21:11

Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 21:11
On outside of windows I use JIF creme, it has no harsh abrazives and the white scourer, do not use green,black, blue, orange, yellow or red scourers as they are abrazive

Do not use Ajax as it has small abrazives in liquid,

Wash off throughly with water.

I use windex and newspaper for inside windows,I wouldn't use any petroleum product on windscreen as its an oil-base which would leave a smear??


The white scourers can be purchased from cleaning outlets and they come in 12'' ----- 300mm circles, used for polishing machines
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Follow Up By: Member - Alanc - Friday, Mar 12, 2010 at 01:02

Friday, Mar 12, 2010 at 01:02
I agree with the white scourers, they are also available in a rectangular format and you can get them from Bunnings
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Reply By: briann532 - Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 21:38

Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 21:38
I find to get absolutely spotless windows that stay cleaner longer,
I wash them just with normal car wash, but I then wax them.

I find a good wax and buff keeps them cleaner longer. the dirt seems to slide off the wax.
It also makes it easier to get bugs etc off when washing.

Brian
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Reply By: D200Dug- Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 21:40

Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 21:40
I use Rainex silicon treatment on the windscreen and other windows when I think of it.

The main effect is to make water slip off the glass but I have found it also makes bugs much easier to remove as well.

A good glass cleaner is 1/3 metho 1/3 ammonia and 1/3 water mix in a spray bottle and use as required.

The problem is it stinks so I generally just wash with washing up detergent and then rinse with clean water.

I use a commercial windscreen detergent in the windscreen washer.
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 23:03

Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 23:03
Washing up detergents can be caustic & promote rust!


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Follow Up By: mynance - Monday, Mar 15, 2010 at 23:06

Monday, Mar 15, 2010 at 23:06
Tried this mixture on my then new LJ Torana and felt the dash start to bubble when my wet finger touched it so never used it again.

Myles
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Reply By: Voxson - Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 23:04

Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 23:04
Windex and newspaper
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Follow Up By: Farmboywa - Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 23:10

Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 23:10
Yep.
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Reply By: disco driver - Friday, Mar 12, 2010 at 00:35

Friday, Mar 12, 2010 at 00:35
To shift stuck on bugs etc I use a cheap sponge wrapped in one layer of knitted shadecloth. Itis used wet (water only) and it doesn't scratch.
Cheap but bloody effective.

Disco
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Reply By: Member -Pinko (NSW) - Friday, Mar 12, 2010 at 10:26

Friday, Mar 12, 2010 at 10:26
Wash the glass first.
Apply silvo cutlery polish and let it mist off.
Polish the powder of the glass.
Apply Rainex as per instructions.
From then on a damp microfibre is all that is needed.
No bugs or dust will stick on to the glass.
I have done this for years and it works.
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Thursday, Mar 18, 2010 at 10:58

Thursday, Mar 18, 2010 at 10:58
This is a bit off topic, but Silvo is also very good for removing scratches from CDs & DVDs that can't be read.

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Reply By: Atta Boy Luther - Friday, Mar 12, 2010 at 14:53

Friday, Mar 12, 2010 at 14:53
Ajax triple action glass cleaner is great . How i used to do it as a glazier for decades was to use half metho and water and newspaper .
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Reply By: Member - steve. B... (NSW) - Friday, Mar 12, 2010 at 15:02

Friday, Mar 12, 2010 at 15:02
The easiest method I have found is called "W.I.F.E."

You can sit back and marvel at a job well done.........

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Reply By: Member - Mfewster(SA) - Friday, Mar 12, 2010 at 19:20

Friday, Mar 12, 2010 at 19:20
I like Rainex too. It is time consuming to put it on and polish it off properly, but a coating lasts a long time. I use it before the start of an extended trip and agree that it makes cleaning along the way considerably easier.
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Reply By: Mike DiD - Tuesday, Mar 16, 2010 at 09:44

Tuesday, Mar 16, 2010 at 09:44
To clean bug splatter off the windscreen or paintwork, spray with Cloudy Ammonia (Coles or Woolies), let it soak in for a minute, then wipe off with tissues or paper towel.

The alkali breaks down animal protein, but it's mild enough to be safe on skin and paintwork - ignore the smell.
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Reply By: Mike DiD - Tuesday, Mar 16, 2010 at 09:45

Tuesday, Mar 16, 2010 at 09:45
To get rid of the film on the inside of the windscreen, rub with straight vinegar on a paper towel until it wets the windscreen.

The plastics in the car give off fumes which settle as oils on the windscreen.
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Reply By: Silver Gypsies - Thursday, Mar 18, 2010 at 00:42

Thursday, Mar 18, 2010 at 00:42
Do Not use Windex or ammonia based cleaners on after market tinted windows.

You may get away with it for awhile but the tint will start to lift and get messy.

The latest Windex cleaner states No Ammonia, but also states Do Not use on Tinted windows.

Dave
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