Windshield Road Film.

Discussion in 'ex-Rag Chew Central' started by KA5ROW, Jun 13, 2009.

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  1. KA5ROW

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    I just can't get it off. I have tried all the window cleaners and nothing really works. Some work better than others but nothing does the job. I have used rubbing alcohol with some very very light rubbing with 0000 steel wool and that had worked the best. I have used the bug off cleaner you get at Wal-Mart in the green gallon jugs but it just makes it worse. The cleaners that have no bug off doesn't leave as bad of film.

    So what have you tried that has had decent results.
  2. K8MHZ

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    Straight ammonia followed by a distilled water rinse.
  3. N0BLM

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    or vinegar and hot water

    is this vehicle of Japanese make? some have a film which is near imposible to remove
  4. VA3FD

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    I've used vinegar and newspaper (yeah, newspaper) with some success.

    Never had a rice burner so not sure what those windshields are composed of.
  5. WB8MKV

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    Once you get the window clean, I then wax the window. Yes I wax it let it dry and polish and it will make the window next time much easier to clean. Plus the rain will bead up and roll off.
  6. WF7A

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    Time to replace the car.

    If you can remove the film then take 'MKV's suggestion about waxing the windows (we general aviation pilots keep a can of Pledge in the cockpit to use on the windshields; it doesn't scratch like a paste wax can) or use the new Aquapel stuff by Rainex. Few people realize that cars' windshields are constantly being sandblasted so to keep the windshield wipers from being eaten alive from the glass's rough surface you should use a filler.
  7. W4XKE

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    The age-old (1940 - 1950) standby for removing the oily film has always been Bon Ami (Hasn't Scratched Yet) which translated I believe means 'good friend.'

    Wet down the windshield. Dunk a washcloth into a bucket of water. Shake a generous portion of Bon Ami powder onto the cloth and wash the windshield.

    Not just a once-over... push down on the rag and rub the glass in 6 inch circles that continually overlap. It will look like you're spreading white Shinola shoe polish onto the glass.

    After completely covering the entire surface with many overlapping passes, allow it to dry. Take a clean, dry polishing cloth (cheesecloth, terry towell, etc.) and polish off all the white residue.

    I usually follow up by washing the whole car with a weak solution of soapy water and rinse it generously with the garden hose. Either chamois off the glass or go back and give it a final cleaning with Windex or ammonia-water and polish it to a dry finish. (Don't try cleaning the glass in direct sun.)

    Finally apply Rain-X or the aforementioned Pledge to make the surface slick and water repellant. Viola!
  8. W3JN

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    Westley's Whitewall Cleaner. Best ever for removing grease, grunge, nicotine, etc. Rinse well. Also remember to clean the blades of your wipers - if they're grungy they'll spread crap all over your newly cleaned windshield.
  9. K7SGJ

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    Bust it with a rock and let the insurance company buy you a new one.
  10. W4KTL

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    Try some Spot-X; here's a link:

    The windshield in our motor home was water spotted so badly that it was dangerous to drive, particularly at night. I tried all kinds of remedies and finally ordered some Spot-X. I could not believe how clean it got the glass. Takes a little elbow grease, but man what a difference. It should remove your road film too.
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