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Old 11-03-2015, 06:54 AM
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Angry Film on Windshield when there is moisture

I've tried everything to get this stuff off. Degreaser(purple stuff), razor blade, clay bar, I have even changed the wiper blades. I also tried a vinegar and water solution. I've run out of ideas. Maybe I need to figure out what that stuff actually is. It also seems to be on my passenger and driver side glass, so I am thinking its from a car wash or maybe acid rain? I am in Westchester NY.



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how about windex? are you sure its not on the interior side of the glass?

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how about windex? are you sure its not on the interior side of the glass?
Windex was the first thing I used, it only shows when I use the wipers so it has to be on the exterior.
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I would still lean towards the root cause being on the inside, and rain on the outside only helps to make it more visible.

The reason I mention that, is that to me it appears to be the condensation of the outgassing from the plastics inside the vehicle (that "new car" smell).
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I once got hit with overspray from someone using Rain-X or something in their windshield washer fluid - it left a hazy smear on my windshield that took weeks to dissipate. Maybe this was something similar.
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I looks like something splashed up from outside to me. Look at the hood in the light, same kind of "haze". Try blasting the hell out of it at with a high pressure nozzle and some zep
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Try furniture polish on the window. Use it sparingly but it works great in cleaning it. Might help
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Do you have $0 window replacement deductible?
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I don't know if you have a NAPA nearby or if they still sell the stuff, but this is what I have used when needed. The windshield film is from wax used mostly in the Car Washes, best advice I can give you is to not use the wax option at the car wash. Sometimes road grime adds to the issue as well, but the car wash is the worst offender.

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you will eventually get a cracked / stone chip windshield, ask me how I know
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Always trust a cleaning product with a skull and crossbones prominently displayed.
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That is the guarantee they work

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Always trust a cleaning product with a skull and crossbones prominently displayed.
It works well, it strips the silicone buildup off the glass, you can wipe all day with Windex and it won't come off, this stuff works wonders. Its really just a white solution, you scrub it in circles, then buff it off with a microfiber cloth.
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I would still lean towards the root cause being on the inside, and rain on the outside only helps to make it more visible.

The reason I mention that, is that to me it appears to be the condensation of the outgassing from the plastics inside the vehicle (that "new car" smell).
Interesting, I tried windex on the inside doesn't seem to work, maybe I need something stronger?

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It works well, it strips the silicone buildup off the glass, you can wipe all day with Windex and it won't come off, this stuff works wonders. Its really just a white solution, you scrub it in circles, then buff it off with a microfiber cloth.
They don't seem to make this product anymore, maybe it is the skull and crossbones lol
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Do you have $0 window replacement deductible?
I'm seriously at that point!
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Cleaning wiper blades with Rubbing alcohol might work
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Interesting, I tried windex on the inside doesn't seem to work, maybe I need something stronger?



They don't seem to make this product anymore, maybe it is the skull and crossbones lol
I still have a bottle of it, but what you need is something that will strip silicone off the glass. Windex isn't going to do anything, not many cleaners will actually, maybe they have something in the automotive aisle now that will work on the silicone, just look to see if it will remove silicone.
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fluid starter or liquid camp stove fuel?
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OP, try using some acetone on a microfiber cloth/towel to clean the windshield. If that doesn't work initially, buy some fine grade 0000 steel wool pads and buff the entire windshield. After the steel wool, retry the acetone.

As a last resort, you can purchase some of this. It's meant for aircraft windshields, but I've been told it works on auto glass.
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I see a lot of people mentioning this new one, not sure if it will work as nice the other one, but its worth a try.

http://www.amazon.com/Glass-Science-...ce+glass+scrub
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What about good ol' Bon Ami?
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In MA we have insurance covered auto glass. I have $0 deductible on it so if that crap was on my windshield I'd just whack the glass with a ball pen hammer and call it a day.
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What about good ol' Bon Ami?
No dice, tried that too
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What about good ol' Bon Ami?
Isn't that the stuff Don Knotts used to get the blood off the organ keys?
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What about good ol' Bon Ami?
It at best will push the silicone around, not remove it.
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So I used the turtle wax on the outside and the stoner on the inside and I don't see any smearing when I use my washer fluid, but it is pretty warm today 72 degrees, I will have to see tomorrow morning.
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Meguiars water spot remover is great stuff I have used it to get rid of lots of stuff from glass with perfect results.


http://www.meguiars.com/en/automotiv...-spot-remover/
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DO NOT use an abrasive of any kind on the windshield....especially steel wool or even a polishing compound (unless you enjoy seeing starbursts from the headlights of oncoming traffic). I learned this the hard way a few years ago.
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DO NOT use an abrasive of any kind on the windshield....especially steel wool or even a polishing compound (unless you enjoy seeing starbursts from the headlights of oncoming traffic). I learned this the hard way a few years ago.
Grade #0000 super fine steel wool is not abrasive and is used by many detailers on windshields.

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I wouldn't use steelwool either, mainly because its the wrong answer to this problem, a window stripper is needed, not an abrasive. Its silicone that is the issue here.

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