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Old 09-20-2012, 06:46 PM   #1
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Window cleaning

Anyone know a good way to clean the windows? I use windex and a towel, and always have streaks. What's the best method/product for a streak-free finish?
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Old 09-20-2012, 06:51 PM   #2
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Vinegar and water my friend 50/50 streak free Shine. Just discovered this myself last week. I actually have a multi purpose vinegar cleaner i used from Kroger
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Anyone know a good way to clean the windows? I use windex and a towel, and always have streaks. What's the best method/product for a streak-free finish?
I find that a foam window cleaner with a micro fiber towel works good but i've honestly stopped using a cleaner and just use plain water and a micro fiber towel...i think the type of towel u use is the key
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The best towel I've used is the Dragon Fiber glass towel.

And for cleaner, I really like Meg's D120. It's just as good as any other window cleaners, and it's so damn cheap.
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Old 09-20-2012, 06:54 PM   #5
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wet microfiber towel.. then a dry towel to wipe it down, then another dry towel to get anything left once the first dry towel is damp..


I've never used any cleaners.. even in the squirter tank (those I do use softened osmosis water from my kitchen spigot as it tends not to leave water spots on the paint).
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Old 09-20-2012, 08:53 PM   #6
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If you get streaks after using Windex or similar products, try a clear water spray after and your streaks should disappear.
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I'm using stoner's invisible glass with the adam's glass cleaning towel. It works real well for me
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Old 09-20-2012, 09:23 PM   #9
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Old 09-20-2012, 09:23 PM   #10
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One tip I learned: when cleaning the outside use a left to right wipe motion and use a up down motion inside. If you see streaks, you now know which side to clean again.
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I find that rule one is making sure the towel is wash properly and any of these fine glass cleaner's will work for you.

Dragon Fiber Glass Cleaning Cloth

Little Blue Microfiber Drying Towel

Detailer's Krystal Vision Glass Cleaner

Meguiars D-120

Sprayway Glass Cleaner
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Old 09-21-2012, 07:23 AM   #12
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I'm using stoner's invisible glass with the adam's glass cleaning towel. It works real well for me
+1 Using the Stoner's with newspaper will get them crystal clear.
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With Windex- Nothing works better.
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Old 09-21-2012, 08:20 AM   #14
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The best towel I've used is the Dragon Fiber glass towel.

And for cleaner, I really like Meg's D120. It's just as good as any other window cleaners, and it's so damn cheap.
I too use the D120 and love it.
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You gotta be damn near double jointed to clean the windshield!
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Old 09-21-2012, 10:34 AM   #16
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I used to always hate cleaning the glass because of streaks. Then someone told me a tip that worked for me: Use two towels. One to clean all the dirt and grime. Then one to remove streaks from the first time. I haven't had a problem since.
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Old 09-21-2012, 01:05 PM   #17
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Thanks for all the input and advice people. Y'all been very helpful and informative.
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Old 09-21-2012, 01:20 PM   #18
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If you have tinted windows make sure the window cleaner can be used on them.
We all have seen the cars with what looks like purple tint on them. That happened because someone used regular window cleaner on them.

A friend of mine who tints windows told me to use a little baby shampoo mixed with water in a spray bottle.
That is what he cleans them with before he tints them. Also a good micro fiber towel,,,I mean a GOOD one, not the cheap ones everyone buys a Wal-Mart.
Be careful do not put them in a washing machine. I found that hand washing them by hand is best. Never use fabric softner on them. My lovely wife did this after machine washing them. Now they are completely useless.
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personaly I use stoners for mild cleaning inside, if it is scummy like from cigarettes then vinegar and water mixture. have stopped using any paper products to whip since in alot of cases it leaves some micro traces of the compressed paper behind. prefer fresh micro fiber towel, one dampened with stoners and the other bone dry to whip dry. on the out side I either do vinegar/water mix or a well diluted APC and water mix say 8-1 or so. and whip with micro fiber. then rainX the crap out of it afterwards
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zaino , works even better than i expected!
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Old 09-30-2012, 06:23 PM   #21
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OK, heres one for ya'll....long story
I went to the car wash and used the presoak selection to presoak the car.
I KNOW, I KNOW ...my first mistake...never go to a carwash!!!
always wash by hand from now on

The timer malfunctioned and left "presoak" on my car and windshield until i was able to get it cleaned off 30 minutes later. the Presoak would not come off my windshield even after i powerwashed it and then tried windex. Then later i tried maguires window cleaner. later on i tried a razor blade to scrape it off. another time i tried lighter fluid (as it works on everything yucky) then finally tried rubbing alcohol. none of which worked. im at a loss here!!! does anyone have any suggestions or chemicals i can try to get the hard stains off?...HELP
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Old 09-30-2012, 06:27 PM   #22
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OK, heres one for ya'll....long story
I went to the car wash and used the presoak selection to presoak the car.
I KNOW, I KNOW ...my first mistake...never go to a carwash!!!
always wash by hand from now on

The timer malfunctioned and left "presoak" on my car and windshield until i was able to get it cleaned off 30 minutes later. the Presoak would not come off my windshield even after i powerwashed it and then tried windex. Then later i tried maguires window cleaner. later on i tried a razor blade to scrape it off. another time i tried lighter fluid (as it works on everything yucky) then finally tried rubbing alcohol. none of which worked. im at a loss here!!! does anyone have any suggestions or chemicals i can try to get the hard stains off?...HELP
If a razor blade didn't get it, Idk.

One thing would be to soak 0000 steel wool in Window cleaner and then liberally spray cleaner on the windows and LIGHTLY use the steel wool like clay. Kind of a last resort deal here. That's pretty weird.

Good luck man.

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Old 09-30-2012, 06:56 PM   #23
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Anyone know a good way to clean the windows? I use windex and a towel, and always have streaks. What's the best method/product for a streak-free finish?
Windex sucks. Use Stoner's Invisible Glass. You can get it at WallyMart for $3.67, use that and paper towels....You will thank me later...
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And for cleaner, I really like Meg's D120. It's just as good as any other window cleaners, and it's so damn cheap.
Is it as good as Invisible Glass? I've been told invisible glass is the best out of everything... not arguing with you, just curious
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Old 10-01-2012, 11:20 AM   #25
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Is it as good as Invisible Glass? I've been told invisible glass is the best out of everything... not arguing with you, just curious
It really is. I used to always recommend Stoner's IG because it was cheap and readily available, and worked as well as anything. Then I found D120, which was WAY cheaper, and still worked as well as anything.

The three best glass cleaners I've used are Stoner's, Adam's and D120. None work any better than the other, it comes down to price and availability. Stoner's is available in any store, but D120 is $20 for 11 gallons lol.
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