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cleaning my windows

This is a discussion on cleaning my windows within the Showcar and Detailing forums, part of the General Help category; this is actually for my 4runner and not my TA, but i have what looks like hard water spots on ...

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    cleaning my windows

    this is actually for my 4runner and not my TA, but i have what looks like hard water spots on my windows only they wont come off. i've tried using certain rubbing compounds and window cleaners but i cant get it off. any ideas what to use? i'll try to put pics up tomorrow to show what it looks like

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    Are they etched into the glass?
    Can you feel it with your fingertips or fingernails?
    If you can somewhat feel them, try a razor blade to scrape them off.

    I really have not had much exposure with doing this kind of work, so therefore I can not offer you a good tip on how to deal with something like that.
    I've had plenty experience removing overspray and heavy contaminants, but not much with water spots.
    That said, "I've heard" people using vinegar and lime to try to dissolve them with, but again, not direct experience.
    Post some pics, hopefully someone else can give you a good advice...

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    Here is something I have started doing lately. I have been using the 000 fine steel wool to clean the water spots off my shower door. It works like a charm and no scratching either. Might be worth a shot on your car glass as well. Spray it with some windex or some type of glass cleaner first.

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    You may think this weird but use some Coca- Cola and a newspaper to clean the glas then rinse it off really well.


    The acid in the Coke is great at breaking down the things that stick to windows. But you have to get it off afterwards so it does not carmelize on your windows making them look even worse.

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    ALways heard the vinegar and newspaper thing myself although my cars need it and I haven't done it.

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    If you windows are tinted you should stay away from vinegar, if I remember right...

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    Guessing if they are hard water stains they would probably be on the outside of the windows and thus wouldn't affect any tinting.

    Actually most tint shops recommend 1 part vinegar to 10 parts water for cleaning tint, so I have read. Or, using Windex with Vinegar.

    The big no-no is using ammonia.

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    Ya ammonia will KILL tint.

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    A friend had this problem on his Bronco. Used nevr-dull wadding polish. It takes some time but it will remove them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigrondownhiller View Post
    A friend had this problem on his Bronco. Used nevr-dull wadding polish. It takes some time but it will remove them.
    Never thought of that. Good idea.

    That shit works great on aftermarket polished aluminum wheels (w/o clear coat).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Y2KPewterSS View Post
    Here is something I have started doing lately. I have been using the 000 fine steel wool to clean the water spots off my shower door. It works like a charm and no scratching either. Might be worth a shot on your car glass as well. Spray it with some windex or some type of glass cleaner first.
    alright i'll give that a shot. my camera was dead so i had to settle for using my phone so its not too clear


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    could try a claybar

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    I just tried it with vinegar i have the same water spots because the car was parked for 4 years before i got it, ill post up results in the morning.

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    nail polish remover? carefully?

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    White vinegar, I used this to clean the grout haze off of tile. Acid won’t work as fast as vinegar will. Even though it sounds odd as hell I am telling you white vinegar works like a charm. I had this tile that the haze would not come off of with a mild acid unless I let it set in pure form for up to 3 min. Some gal at Lowes said use white vinegar and I have ever since. Wipe it on and the grout haze comes off in seconds. Grout is a form of concrete and if it can clean that after it has set up for days then it should work. Just don’t use it on tinted surfaces and rinse it good after it is clean and use soap to clean it and rinse it again.

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    ok, i'll try that too, thanks for the advice so far everyone! keep em coming if u have more

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