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#1 ddeerrff

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Posted 15 September 2010 - 04:32 PM

How do you actually get car windows clean on the inside?

No matter how hard I try - whether I use a lot or a little window cleaner - if I use Windex, ammonia, vinegar, distilled water - whether I dry with paper towel, or terry-cloth, or newspaper - they come out streaked. There must be some trick, but I sure haven't found it.
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Posted 15 September 2010 - 04:56 PM

My wife has the same problem, I end up cleaning all the glass around here. I usually make sure that what ever I'm using, paper towel most of the time, is clean. I go over it once, then flip to a clean side, and go over it again. If that's not enuff I'll get another towel and repeat. It usually only takes once, but my wife smokes and sometimes it needs a second going over.. :thumbsup:
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Posted 15 September 2010 - 05:10 PM

Never tried it myself but I've heard that Windex with newspaper works well.
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Posted 15 September 2010 - 05:15 PM

Magic Erasers
I am a big fan of them!

You might also try one of those windshield cleaner things that they sell on TV.
Have been wanting to try them myself but they might be a rip off
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Posted 15 September 2010 - 05:54 PM

I usually make sure that what ever I'm using, paper towel most of the time, is clean. I go over it once, then flip to a clean side, and go over it again. If that's not enuff I'll get another towel and repeat. It usually only takes once, but my wife smokes and sometimes it needs a second going over.. :thumbsup:


That's basically what I did Monday evening. Used half a roll of paper towel and Windex. Sprayed and wiped twice, being sure I was always using clean towel. Did the same on the outside. Looked great when I finished. The next day, when the sun was glaring, I could see how streaked they still were. Very frustrating. And no smokers in my car....
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Posted 15 September 2010 - 05:57 PM

Magic Erasers
I am a big fan of them!

On windows?!?!

You might also try one of those windshield cleaner things that they sell on TV.

Must get different commercials then we do here in Wisconsin. I haven't seen any ads for windshield cleaners on TV.
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Posted 15 September 2010 - 06:46 PM

Sure! I use them on a lot of things.
Magic Erasers are the only things I have found that will clean the ceramic tile floor in my office.
Ias going to look on the box to see if it says you can use them on glass but am out of them right now.
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Posted 15 September 2010 - 07:01 PM

Sure! I use them on a lot of things.
Magic Erasers

Never used one before. I was under the impression they were a mild abrasive.
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Posted 15 September 2010 - 07:13 PM

Was news to me too. But someone else says it works also: http://www.thriftyfun.com/tf93465412.tip.html

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Posted 15 September 2010 - 08:13 PM

Newspaper does wonders. However, another trick Ive learned (I used to do professional auto detailing) is take about 6-7 paper towels, roll or fold them until you have one about the width of your hand, and then fold that in half. Next make sure your car is parked either in a garage or in the shade, nowhere in the sun when its really hot, spray inside of window thoroughly, wipe the glass cleaner off evenly with one side of the paper towel, then turn it over, and finish buffing the streaks out, repeat if necessary. If you smoke, whipe the windows down with a wet chamois first, it will do wonders.

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Posted 15 September 2010 - 08:50 PM

Was news to me too. But someone else says it works also: http://www.thriftyfun.com/tf93465412.tip.html


From the BASF website: http://www.basf.com/group/corporate/en/fun...Eraser_engl.pdf.

Sounds like steel wool. Don't think I'll try it on my car windows.....
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Posted 15 September 2010 - 09:48 PM

I park out of direct sunlight and use either paper towels or newspaper. After it's cleaned and dried I buff the streaks off with dry terry cloth.

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Posted 16 September 2010 - 10:20 AM

I haven't tried the newspaper trick lately. Have to give that another shot.
Thanks everyone.

Edited by ddeerrff, 16 September 2010 - 10:20 AM.

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Posted 24 September 2010 - 06:24 AM

Put vinegar into the water that you use to wash the windows.
Then, when almost dry, use screwed up newspaper to wipe them dry.
The vinegar kills most of the grease etc and the ink in the newsprint leaves it dry and streak-free.

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Posted 25 September 2010 - 04:13 PM

Invisible Glass and micro-fiber cloths or diapers, yes actual cloth baby diapers, you can buy these in auto parts stores. Invisible Glass is awesome!

http://www.invisibleglass.com/HowTo.htm

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