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09-27-2013 01:26 AM
umbra vipera
Originally Posted by JerryJeepster View Post
I like that idea! I will have to try it. Will it also remove the calcium water spots that build up?
Yes. The Meguiars should remove the spots. I should also clarify it's Meguiars Ultimate Polish. I've found that it's just abrasive enough to take about anything off but it's not super harsh. Above all won't hurt the paint at all. I haven't had to resort to it yet but I figured if I found a spot that I couldn't remove with the polish I'd hit it with some Mequiars Ultimate Compound.

And for those that don't like to do the elbow grease thing...get out your double action detailer. Buff the <insert explicative of choice here> out of that glass. Use a non abrasive pad like a Mequiars black and the Ultimate polish. You'll spend more time getting the tools out then actually cleaning the glass but what the heck right?
09-27-2013 12:46 AM
JerryJeepster I like that idea! I will have to try it. Will it also remove the calcium water spots that build up?
09-27-2013 12:07 AM
umbra vipera Meguiars Car Polish.

Works fantastic. Hose/rinse off what you can. Some elbow grease is required but apply it with a terry cloth sponge like you would wax. Let haze and wipe off with a clean cloth. Follow up with a coat of Rain X. You won't have to use your wipers again for a year and the next time the monsters go splat a quick shot from the washer fluid and the wipers should do the trick. In heavier attacks a bit more pressure from a hose might be required but there will be way less elbow grease involved.

Also, try the Mequiars Car Polish on your household mirrors and such. You seriously won't believe the difference.
09-26-2013 11:56 PM
Canadian GP My problem is not getting the bugs off but reaching the middle of the windshield.
09-26-2013 11:10 PM
brink1111 Plexus. Best window cleaner. Ever. Can be used on paint for a quick detail too.
09-26-2013 11:01 PM
BubbaEinstein I replace it every 2 months
09-26-2013 07:58 PM
Jeeps_and_Boats Of course you are driving a Jeep, and you should know by now that the wind shield was designed to be a consumable product. I'd leave the bug there, and wait till you need new glass... its coming soon.

All this talk about foil, razor blades, glass treatments sounds a lot like work. Relax and have a beer mate!
09-26-2013 06:54 PM
budwizer Invisible Glass and a microfiber rag in my right hand seem to be a combination that is working quite well. Go over it a couple of times and it is almost "invisible".
09-26-2013 04:56 PM
Originally Posted by DASFREAK View Post
That video is great except the part where he sets the rag in the driveway! WTF. Yeah not so smart. Set the rag on the driveway with all the dust and dirt and then rub it all over your windshield! Lol.
09-26-2013 04:52 PM
mjpjr45 Hydrogen Peroxide works wonders on bugs. Dead bugs are mainly protein and peroxide breaks down protein. Spray it on let it sit a few minutes, then just wash it off. It also works great on other surfaces. Another great thing for glass is this Bon ami powder cleanser 14 oz: Health & Personal Care It is a powdered cleaner that won't scratch glass. For best results, wet down vehicle, then shake this onto windshield, and rub with an old cloth, then rinse off. Don't use this cloth on any painted surface and make sure to rinse product from painted areas before cleaning. It will scratch paint. I have used this before on other vehicles, and it cleans them to like new. You will actually see very small chips, that you didn't even know were there. I then follow it with Rain X. GM used to sell this stuff at dealerships, as GM Powdered Windshield Cleaner.

eta Just found it even cheaper here. You can also use the stuff call "Bartender's Friend" It's the same stuff.
09-26-2013 04:45 PM
zenman I just use windshield fluid with bug remover and soapy water when I wash the Jeep.
09-26-2013 04:30 PM
DM6156 I used to use invisiglass or other spray on foaming cleaners and while they did work better than windex, It wouldn't clean everything. it left behind some gunk" that I manage to build up - it would just "push" it around from one spot to another. I don't know if it's from the not-so-healthy Atlanta air or what, but it's this film like substance that you can move on the glass.

now, I use soft scrub. I wipe it on, let it dry so it's not runny then wipe it off. That removes gunk/film. then I clean that with water from hose of just use the cleaner and wipers.

I know it's time to use the softscrub when I start to notice "spots" on the window that my wipers don't clean.
09-26-2013 03:13 PM
Originally Posted by n6hal View Post
I've been using 0000 steel wool and Windex or GlassPlus for 40+ years on all of my vehicles. Does a GREAT job and even gets those very stubborn water spots off. It will NOT scratch your glass.

Even used it to remove intentional and unintentional spray paint on glass.
XXXX or 0000 steel wool is the trick for stuff that won't come off with the squeegee/sponge with the netting from the gas station. That fine kind of steel will will actually take scratches out, contrary to what one might think.
09-26-2013 03:07 PM
Originally Posted by kbwwolf View Post
Windex and a high IQ.
If you use windex make sure to spray it on the rag not on the windshield. Windex contains ammonium hydroxide. And ammonia removes paint. Learned this one a LONG time ago on a spray painted junker trailer. Good thing my IQ test took place after this event
09-26-2013 01:18 PM
MI JeepSkate I live in the rust belt, lots of salt trucks and idiots doing 80 MPH kicking the stuff up into my windshield. i drove myself absolutely crazy truing to "clean" it off. turns out it was all just a bunch or teeny tiny chips from the salt..... Check that out before you go crazy as well!
09-26-2013 12:45 PM
ClayR On the aluminum foil method, steel wool works great too.
09-26-2013 12:45 PM
ClayR degreaser and 176 degrees of pressure washer.
09-26-2013 12:39 PM
jklarry my dad taught me to use water and a ball of aluminum foil, works great and is cheap.
09-26-2013 12:17 PM
Originally Posted by tjt94 View Post
Go across the Mexican border and get in the return line. Your windshield will get cleaned for you.

That use to be the way, but now they are all here in the US. Go to a Walmart parking lot and get it done there.
09-26-2013 12:13 PM
geoffmarton I'm shocked this hasn't been mentioned: preventative maintenance in the form of Rain-X. I'm in "love bug" territory too, and driving in a moderate rain gets them off of the windshield with zero effort on my part. For the paint, on the other hand, I'm gonna try that dryer sheet trick (thanks!).
09-26-2013 12:11 PM
Originally Posted by VooDoo7 View Post
For the Invisible Glass, does it make a difference if you use the spray or foam? Does one work better than the other?
I like the foam as it doesn't run as quickly so I can spray and let it soak a bit before wiping it off
09-26-2013 11:56 AM
VooDoo7 For the Invisible Glass, does it make a difference if you use the spray or foam? Does one work better than the other?
09-26-2013 11:35 AM
Barmanvarn Razor blade if needed. Usually just invisible glass does the trick.

And usually finish with some rain x spray just for shiggles.

My dad uses vinegar and newspaper to clean his home windows. Works great! Always wanted to try it on my windshield but have been too lazy to bother.
09-26-2013 11:26 AM
fjrrider Clay bar
09-26-2013 11:22 AM
Mopar2Ya An update on Aquapel, IMO it works very well & better than RainX. It lasts 6 month for me, but I put very few miles on the JK. The windshield cleans effortlessly.
09-26-2013 10:52 AM
hair2831 LOL at some of these responses. Sandpaper, razor blades?? I either use the brush at the gas station when I fill up, or I spray some glass cleaner on it and, *gasp*, rub it off with a cloth. Of course as soon as you drive more than 100 feet, your windshield will be dirty. So no real reason to spend a lot of time on it IYAM.
09-26-2013 10:42 AM
back in the game I use Blue Coral carpet cleaner to remove the bugs on my windshield and paint. Laugh but it works! Let it sit for a few minutes and the bugs are ready to come off.
09-26-2013 10:41 AM
Bear Wrangler Well last weekend I had a genocide of love bugs all over my windshield.
Since it rained with my top down later that day, I didnt have to do too much cleaning
09-26-2013 10:29 AM
1manWolfpack $0.00 insurance deductible and mobile glass replacement service.

enough rock damage to allow for frequent new bug free editions
09-26-2013 10:17 AM
DASFREAK Check it!
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