Clean automotive glass is possible with the right products and techniques!
Clean glass not only looks better, it helps you drive better. We'll tell you how to clean glass, even finicky automotive glass, with clear results. Clean, clear glass looks beautiful next to clean, waxed paint, and it improves your visibility while driving. Just a few extra minutes detailing your windows will add a sparkling touch to your vehicle's finish and just might save your life!
Many glass cleaners contain ammonia, which is a great grease cutter but has some significant disadvantages when it comes to cars.
Some people prefer to use plain water to clean their windows. While this is a very safe method, water is not enough of a solvent to cut the protein base of stubborn spots, like bug remains. However, a glass-cleaning microfiber towel, like the Waffle Weave Microfiber Glass Towel, will provide a gentle scrubbing action to help remove contamination. Dampen this towel lightly and clean the glass. Then, flip the towel to a dry side and buff to remove every last streak.High quality microfiber is micro-engineered to eliminate lint and is extraordinarily absorbent to prevent streaking.
One hand tool that's well worth a try is Stoner Invisible Glass Reach & Clean Tool. This long-armed glass scrubber can help you clean your SUV windshield and those hard-to-reach areas at top of the cab windows or your sunroof.
Water spots are mineral deposits that have etched their way into the paint and they can be very tough to remove. When a drop of water evaporates, all the minerals contained in that water remain on the paint. Etching is a gradual process, but those little spots will accumulate before you know it. The best way to avoid them is to dry your vehicle each and every time it gets wet. If that sounds too ambitious, at least dry it after washing and after a rain. If it's already too late, here are some tips for removing those cloudy spots.
Glass can take a polish just like paint. A quality glass polish like Wolfgang Perfekt Vision Glass Polish will remove water spots and cloudiness to restore perfect clarity to your windows. You can apply it by hand or with a polisher, but set your machine on a low speed (1000-1200 RPM on a rotary or 5-6 on a dual action) and use a polishing pad. Do not apply pressure; the pad will do the work for you. When the polish starts to dry, stop polishing and buff the residue away with a microfiber towel.
Pinnacle GlassCoat Window Sealant with Rain Repellent will keep your glass clean and provide some protection against future water spots. It seals the glass and causes water to bead. Think of it as a wax for your glass. It improves the performance of wipers and provides a huge improvement in visibility when it rains.
Once applied, Pinnacle GlassCoat Window Sealant with Rain Repellent repels water like no other. The surface tension created by this coating beads and repels water more effectively than you thought possible. Even in the most torrential rainstorms, the water beads up and flies off so effortlessly you may not need use the wipers!
Every time you use your windshield wipers, any dirt accumulated on the wiper blades and windshield is subsequently dragged across the windshield. This causes abrasive friction that will, over time, decrease the effectiveness of any glass coating. The simple solution to this problem is to re-apply Pinnacle GlassCoat Window Sealant with Rain Repellent on a regular basis.Those who frequently travel or live in areas where it rains regularly should apply Pinnacle GlassCoat Window Sealant with Rain Repellent monthly. Those who drive less frequently or live in drier climates should apply Pinnacle GlassCoat Window Sealant with Rain Repellent every 3-6 months.
Smoker's Film is an oily film that builds up on the inside of a car's windows when someone smokes while inside the vehicle. Not only does this make the glass dirty and hard to clean, but it will also impair your vision, especially when there is direct sunlight hitting the glass. Headlight glare from oncoming traffic at night is another time when dirty glass can be hazardous to your health.
Standard glass cleaners lack the powerful cleaning ability necessary for removing this vicious contaminant. Rather than resorting to using Isopropryl Alcohol or heavy duty cleaners, which has a very negative effect on the dashboard should there be contact, you need a cleaner that is both powerful enough for removing smoker's film, and gentle enough that it will not cause damage by overspray.
BLACKFIRE has developed a glass cleaner that has proven to be ultra effective at removing smoker's film from glass. BLACKFIRE Glass Cleaner is a powerful glass cleaner that will gently remove dirt, debris, smoker's film and other surface contamination from your glass, leaving only a crystal clear finish behind.
As BLACKFIRE Glass Cleaner is ammonia free, it is perfectly safe on tinted windows. BLACKFIRE Glass Cleaner is perfect for any glass surface be it car windows, or your bathroom mirror, even sunglasses, each surface will be left with a completely clean and clear finish.
We've found that using the BLACKFIRE Glass Cleaner with the Glass Master Pro Glass and Surface Cleaner is perfect for removing that unsighlty and dangerous smoker's film. It's as easy as spraying BLACKFIRE Glass Cleaner directly onto the microfiber bonnet provided with the Glass Master Tool, and gently rubbing away all surface contaminants.
Part of keeping your glass clean is keeping your wipers in working order. The rubber strip can dry out and crack so that it doesn't hug the glass properly. Therefore, it's inefficient at clearing water off the windshield. If you maintain your wipers, you won't discover they're dried out when you need them most, like in a rain storm.
You will get more life out of each set of wiper blades if you regularly clean them with a high-quality, ammonia-free glass cleaner, like Pinnacle Crystal Clear Glass Cleaner with Water Repellent. Treated wipers will not skip or chatter, and they will remove water and surface debris more effectively. Check your wipers periodically to be sure they are working well and treat them immediately if they appear to be dried out.
Another way to keep your windshield clean is washer fluid additives. Typical washer fluids available at your local auto store are highly diluted and remove little more than dust. Most of these additives also leave a nasty haze on the windshield, reducing visibility. Several companies have formulated concentrated additives that give your regular washer fluid a much-needed boost. Pinnacle GlassWork Windshield Washer Booster is a great product. It doubles the cleaning power of regular windshield washer fluid while creating a much slicker washer fluid that is less prone to streaking and smearing.
Its formula is highly concentrated which means one 16 ounce bottle of concentrate treats 16 gallons of washer fluid. It is perfect for removing built up road film, dirt, bugs and grime to avoid creating a safety hazard in inclement weather conditions. It can be added both to antifreeze washer fluids, as well as plain water. Overspray will have no impact on paint or trim. Best of all, it resists streaking, smearing, and will not cause an unsightly haze.
Wurth Windshield Wash Additive serves the same purpose, but it has antifreeze protection already added to the formula. It will provide frost protection down to -22°F. This product is perfect for cold, snow-prone climates.
Remember, if you use washer additives and a glass sealant, your windows will be easy to clean each time you detail your vehicle. A little preventative maintenance will take the aggravation out of window cleaning.
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