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Old 03-21-2005, 01:10   #1 (permalink)
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Re: Winter crud on inside of windshield

On 4 Mar 2005 08:09:27 -0800, bdealhoy@sympatico.ca (Byrocat) wrote:

Hello:

Windex is part of the issue as it contains waxes and is the worst
product one could use for cleaning glass.

Do what professional window washers do---use a solution of warm water
and Dawn dishwashing liquid, then squeegee or polish dry with a soft
lint free cloth.

Then, to prevent fogging take a large potato and cut it in half and
rub it on the inside of the windshield then polish after the moisture
dries.

I am not making this up or making a joke. I grew up in Northern NY,
Province of Ontario and Nova Scotia.

We had no commercially available anti fogging products and they old
timer I bought my 1964 Volvo Canadian told me about the potato trick.

I still use it today and it seems to work.

Regards,

Doc

>Anyone have suggestions for cleaning the inside of the windshield?
>
>I have a thin film of "something" on the windshield from all the
>winter driving with the heater air blowing on the windshield. ALmost
>looks like what hyou get with a hole in the heat exchanger (had that
>happen in the Chev Monza) but no puddles or lost coolant so it can't
>be that.
>
>Really bad when the sun's from ahead, so I have sun glare by itseld,
>glare off of the streaks on the outside, and the glare from the film.
>
>I seem to have terrible luck with Windex (in spite of all the hurting
>crows from their commercials) -- lots of streaks and smears.


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Old 03-21-2005, 01:10   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Winter crud on inside of windshield

thats one i will have to try.....thanx....

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Old 03-21-2005, 01:10   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Winter crud on inside of windshield

doc@nospam.org wrote:

> On 4 Mar 2005 08:09:27 -0800, bdealhoy@sympatico.ca (Byrocat) wrote:
>
> Hello:
>
> Windex is part of the issue as it contains waxes and is the worst
> product one could use for cleaning glass...


A similar condition can occur on the outside of the windscreen. If one
uses the 'drive through' car washes, the spray rinse/wax builds up on the
glass, causing wiper chatter and other irritations.
I find a non abrasive scouring powder like Bon Ami or Ajax on a wet
windshield works well to remove the buildup.
Afterwards, clean as described in Doc's post and apply Rain-Ex to suit.
ymmv...

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Old 03-21-2005, 01:10   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Winter crud on inside of windshield

"Clay" <volvo@preciseind.com> wrote in message
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> doc@nospam.org wrote:
>
>> On 4 Mar 2005 08:09:27 -0800, bdealhoy@sympatico.ca (Byrocat) wrote:
>>
>> Hello:
>>
>> Windex is part of the issue as it contains waxes and is the worst
>> product one could use for cleaning glass...

>
> A similar condition can occur on the outside of the windscreen. If one
> uses the 'drive through' car washes, the spray rinse/wax builds up on the
> glass, causing wiper chatter and other irritations.
> I find a non abrasive scouring powder like Bon Ami or Ajax on a wet
> windshield works well to remove the buildup.
> Afterwards, clean as described in Doc's post and apply Rain-Ex to suit.
> ymmv...
>

A cautionary note here. I used Rain-X on my wife's windshield (well, her
*car's* windshield) and a few weeks later washed it with that Mr. Clean car
wash that doesn't need to be towelled dry. Lazy, I know. Anyway, it rained
soon afterward and the windshield was covered with a dense white waxy
coating when the wipers went over it. We pulled into a gas station where a
lot of scrubbing got the windshield to the point we could see through it.
The coating cleared up when the rain stopped, but the only way I got it off
completely was with polish from a rock tumbling kit. The two products don't
play nicely together.

And I think Ajax is abrasive (silica) - it used to be, anyway. Bon Ami, Soft
Scrub and Barkeeper's Friend are okay.

Mike


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