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Dear Junkman, friends or anyone who can help.

Hello and good day all. Simply stated, I have a problem. My front windshield has some terrible spots and blotches that does not bead water off well. When it rains,

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Old 10-13-2016, 07:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello and good day all.

Simply stated, I have a problem. My front windshield has some terrible spots and blotches that does not bead water off well. When it rains, these spot/blotches greatly fuzz up my windshield and blurs driving vision. I'm not sure how they got there but it's horrid. When the windshield is dry, it is perfectly clear. It's only when it is wet that the blotches show up and get cloudy.

I have not put anything like rain-x on any glass. The only thing that touches my car is green turtle wax car soap that comes in a big jug, Meguire's interior detail and cleaner (I use on the inside of the car), and a white spray windshield cleaner that is ammonia free and safe for tint (they sell it at sam's in a 3 or 4 pack). The only other thing that may have splashed onto the windshield is Meguire's cutting and polish compound and Meguire's Mirror glaze Synthetic Sealant 2.0.

I thought it was grease spots from all the construction in Houston so I tried carefully wiping it away with a little de-greaser on a towel but no go. I then got really paranoid that the de-greaser would strip protestant layer form my paint and got a crap ton of wet towels and wiped the glass a few times to rid of any de-greaser that may be on the windshield. I have tries scrubbing with water and the green dish scour pad in hopes it will roughly buff whatever junk it is off but still no go.

Any help or ideas on how to rid of this junk?

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Have you tried clay bar?

Also, I assume this is on the outside and not the inside of the glass?
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And I wouldn't use a scouring pad ... it can scratch the windshield

Hopefully the blotches aren't already-damaged windshield. If they are you might consider upping your insurance glass policy to include windshield replacement (super cheap and lowers deductible significantly) and then filing a claim for new glass.
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https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=q4WwOrkgXlc

I have had good success using the techniques in this video. I'm pretty sure I came across it on this site but can't confirm it. 99% of my detailing procedures were taught by junkman.
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I would also like to add that I do not use any products other than distilled water and a micro fiber glass rag on the inside of the windows tinted or untinted.

Untinted - I use the microfiber glass rag dry first with some elbow grease. Then wet a clean side of the rag lightly (just enough water to dampen the rag and cause no drips when pressed hard) and wipe the glass down. Then I go back with another clean and dry glass rag for a wipe down to remove any streaks.

Tinted - windows are basically the same process as above but I never press hard on the rag. I have solarguard tint in my vehicles and have caused no issues with scratches on the tint to date using this method. However I only clean the tint once every few months to reduce the amount of touching on it.

All of my detailing is done in the garage after the vehicle has sat overnight to cool. I run Phillips daylight 100w equalivent led bulbs overhead in the garage.

For inspection steps one and two are broken down. With garage lights on then without garage lights on using a 160w white led headlamp. Final inspection is done in the sunlight.

I am OCD when it comes to cleanliness. I only intentionally touch what is necessary when it comes to my vehicles and try to use common sense in anything I do.

If anyone has a better process for glass I'm open to learning new ideas, please share them.
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I spent a good 20 minutes clay baring my windshield the other night. I hope it cleared it up. We shall see next time it rains.

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Steel wool works wonders on glass and chrome. Don't use it on your mirrors.
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some guys use a mild car polish like Klasse all in one, Klasse recommends it
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Thanks for all the ideas and help. We had a small drizzle here. The good 20 minutes of clay baring the windshield did the job. It got rid of most of the spotting and allowed the wiper to squeegee the water off in sheets. It's much clearer now.

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That's a good way to end up with scratches all over the place. You have to be SPECIFIC when telling someone to use steel wool.
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Good call. That would have been my first suggestion.
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The best thing I've found for cleaning that filmy build-up off of a windshield interior is vodka. As a matter of fact, it's the best thing I've found for cleaning the outside glass as well. I just wet one MF towel with it, add a little elbow grease, and dry with a second MF cloth. Then I take two big swigs right out of the bottle and admire my work.
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