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    Question Cleaning glass

    Just pickd up a 2000 Escalade and I'm having problems getting the windshield clean. It looks like the previous owner either sprayed something on or used far too much Rain-X or the like on it. No matter what I do or use, I can't get the windshield clean (on the outside) There is always some type of film left....to the point that it looks hazy in the sun. Anybody out there have any ways of really getting the glass clean? What about taking it to an auto glass place? Do they have some type of super-cleaner? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Of course, there's always the stray "brick thru the windshield" trick (since I have full glass coverage) but that's a bit extreme. Thanks again.

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    Re: Cleaning glass

    Try amonia or white vinegar, both are good glass cleaners. Do a quick web search for glass cleaning solutions.

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    Re: Cleaning glass

    I'll try that tonight when I get home from work (if it's not raining....they're saying t-storms for later) Glad she's in the garage....took the Altima into work today!!

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    Re: Cleaning glass

    Let us know how that works. Try a small spot in the corner to see if it doesn't get worse. Before you do the whole windshield

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    Re: Cleaning glass

    Well, I tried both the ammonia and the vinegar....no good. I guess a trip to SafeLite is in order. I'll be damned if I can figure out what the heck it is. Someone at work told me to stop at an appliance store and pick up a bottle of the stuff they use to clean glass cooktops with. He claimed it will destroy anything on a glass surface. Maybe I should try that first.....I don't know......I'm stumped. I've never seen this problem before.

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    Re: Cleaning glass

    Some of the guys I work with have ruined there eyeglasses from Freon coming in contact with the glasses when working on A/C units. I don't know if that is your problem, just a thought. It did create a white haze over the lenses.

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    Re: Cleaning glass

    Try using a product like Bon Ami. It will clean just about anything from glass. Just don't let it get all over your paint. Keep a hose close by, if some drips on the paint, just hose it off. It the Bon Ami doesn't work, nothing will.

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    Re: Cleaning glass

    Try a glass ploish or a car polish (Swirl Remover) very mild abarasives this will do the trick try a corner then the whole thing. This will NOT scratch your window as long you don't rub in 1 place for for longer than a min or 2. You should not have to work to hard with this product. I have had a detail shop for years and its what i use for stubborn bug and tree sap.

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    Re: Cleaning glass

    Another great product is a clay bar. just make sure you have a lubricant for EX soapy water..

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    Re: Cleaning glass

    You can clay your windshield, 0000 steel wool and Bon-Ami work well, several comapnies make good glass polishes, all will work.

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    Re: Cleaning glass

    I've tried just about everything I can think of....even the Bon Ami with 0000 steel wool and a Scotchbrite pad....nothing worked. I went to SafeLite on Saturday but they closed early. I still have to try that glass cook-top cleaning stuff. Does anyone know if there is such a thing as a spray-on UV coating? I just started thinking over the weekend (should of had another Pilsner Urquell instead) wondering if that's what it could be. I'll try the auto glass place again, too. Any other ideas??

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    Re: Cleaning glass

    Can you get some photos of the area? It may be easier to help, if we all can see what it looks like.

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    Re: Cleaning glass

    If it ever stops raining up here, I'll be glad to see if I could take some pix. I found this product on the web called "Janvil Glass Restore". It's a 3 part system that is supposed to refinish glass and remove scratches, haze, hard water stains, acid rain stains. Do a search for it. I think I'll order it and see what happens. I think the cost is around $30.00. I'll let you all know when it arrives. If the weather clears up, I'll try to get some pix posted here.

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    Re: Cleaning glass

    stray bricks keep your glass looking like new

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    Re: Cleaning glass

    Quote Originally Posted by roquesr
    stray bricks keep your glass looking like new
    Don't think I haven't thought of that....only problem with that is I only have the vehicle 2 weeks....I bet my insurance guy would freak!!!

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