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Cleaning a Car Windshield

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Keeping your vehicle's windshield free of road film or foreign substances will help improve your driving vision. This guide is about cleaning a car windshield.
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April 11, 20171 found this helpful

If you take your car through a car wash and choose the wash and wax option, you may end up with wax residue on the windshield. This is a guide about cleaning wax buildup on a windshield.

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If your car gets parked under a tree that is dripping sap, it may be difficult to get the sap removed from your windshield and paint. This is a guide about cleaning tree sap on a windshield.

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September 16, 2010

How do you get that road grime off your windshield? I've tried Awsome, straight vinegar, and Windex. Are there any better suggestions?

By Holly from Lancaster, WI

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September 16, 20100 found this helpful

My father swears by Invisible Glass. I have a new (to me) car that is making me crazy, I swear that the windows on this thing are extra sticky because I can't get them to stay clean. I just picked up Invisible Glass and Rainex (RainX?) to treat the windshield with once I get it clean since that is supposed to repel road grime.

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September 16, 20100 found this helpful

I spray the windshield with Greased Lightning. Scrub it with a damp terry cloth then rinse it off. It cuts the film off and makes the windshield crystal clear when it's raining. I do it whenever I know we will be driving in the rain.

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September 17, 20100 found this helpful

Where do you get Invisible Glass?

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September 18, 20100 found this helpful

It doesn't matter what brand, but believe it or not, cola (soda) cuts right through the grime. Of course you'll want to rinse it off after it does its job. Pour it at the top of the windshield so it will run down over the whole thing and turn on your wipers. Use a wet rag or sponge to get the places that the wipers don't reach, rinse all and your windshield will sparkle. I carry an unopened can in my car for those visual emergencies when traveling.

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September 19, 20100 found this helpful

Try diluted ammonia.

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August 20, 20160 found this helpful

O'Reilly Auto Parts has it. Spray, aerosol, and wipes 

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September 13, 20170 found this helpful

Coke will work but they don't put enough acid in it now, they cut it back per guide lines I'm looking for another remedy to, advice use rainex on it after u get it down, a few coats

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August 11, 2008

How do you get vegetable oil mixed with vinegar off a car windshield?

Julie from Kingsport, TN

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August 11, 20080 found this helpful

Blot the area with either Boston or Bibb lettuce. After that step, wash with Windex or another household glass cleaner.

Seriously, maybe a bit of dawn first-- some grease cutter. At least you don't have to worry about being sloppy with the clean-up.

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August 11, 20080 found this helpful

You could try the previous post or go to a big box store or a auto parts store and buy a bottle of water soluble degreaser.

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August 12, 20080 found this helpful

What this sounds like, is old, oxidized salad oil, right? Find something like straight dawn foam dish soap. Put the car in the shade and keep it damp while the dawn works on it. You could add a little water to the dawn, but it needs to sit on it for awhile. If it's only on the glass part, you can even get some drain cleaner, just don't get it on the rubber seal. This will cut old grease. Oven cleaner, too.

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August 12, 20080 found this helpful

I'd use baking soda on a rag.

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August 12, 20080 found this helpful

Use any dishwashing soap and water, hot would work better. This is no different than washing a salad bowl.

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August 29, 2007

How much alcohol can be used cleaning car windows?

Camille from Holly Hill, FL

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August 29, 20070 found this helpful

I work at a truck & auto accessory place and they tint alot of windows and detail alot of vehicles. They told me to never use any alcohol based products on tinted windows because it will cause the tint to lighten and turn purple. They use a mild mixture of baby shampoo and water for all of their tinted and non tinted windows. If alcohol is necessary, I'd go to an auto supply store and buy a cleaner made just for car windows.

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August 29, 20070 found this helpful

In a pinch, you can pour a can of Coca-Cola on the windshield and it will cut the dirt and grease right away. After you pour the Coke, just rinse with water.

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August 29, 20070 found this helpful

never used it, but are you thinking of mixing it with water? If not, then you could probably just pour it on a cloth & go at it.? It does seem like it would work nicely! I'm going to try it!

I usually use white vinegar--about 1/2 & 1/2 or less with water. It cuts thru buildup & usually doesn't leave any streaks (I always dry with old newspapers which prevent streaks too).

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August 29, 20070 found this helpful

I mix alcohol with store bought glass cleaner. I use about 1 part alcohol and 3 parts water but the mixture is what ever works best for you.

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April 10, 20140 found this helpful

Unfortunately alcohol does leave streaks. I prefer to use Watered down ammonia in a spray bottle.

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December 14, 20140 found this helpful

I used Rain-X on the outside of my car windshield and now I have a film over it. How or what is the best way to get the film off? I can't see anything because it's filmy and glossy looking now.

By Lynn

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December 15, 20140 found this helpful

We had that same problem last year and I used Greased Lightning to scrub the windshield several times. It finally got better.

Dumb me, I used Rain-X again about a month ago and had the same problem. I have scrubbed and scrubbed with Greased Lightning again. It is better but still has a little film on it. Not too bad driving in the rain during the day but at night, it's a problem when meeting traffic. We got some new windshield wipers also and that helped a little.

I have heard that you can clean the film off with lemon juice and newspaper. I'm going to try that instead of Rain-X.

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August 1, 20110 found this helpful

How does someone remove dried gasoline from a car windshield?

By Ashley from Kennewick, WA

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August 3, 20110 found this helpful

Simply wash it off the way you would normally wash off dried on bugs or mud.

Deeli
Richland, WA

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January 30, 20150 found this helpful

How do I get spray wax off a car windshield? It is the free car wash kind

By Jimmie

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January 20, 20140 found this helpful

How do you remove road film from exterior car windshield?

By ML from Sunnyvale, CA

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