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28-02-2007, 10:48   #1
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How to get a really clean windscreen?

Not having a very clean windscreen drives me nuts when driving. Its imperative to have a clear view in front of you for safety reasons etc. I usually change my drivers side wiper quite often as they can get little nicks and cause streaking which I hate.
However recently I have tried cleaning my windscreen thoroughly but it is juts not right. Say for example when there is light drizzle, and the wipers are on, it leaves a slight haze on the windscreen for about a second or two and then it disappears. Its very annoying. I’m told this is grease. I’ve tried a number of windscreen washer solutions over the years and find the little sachets of (Clearex?) the best, but they can be sometimes hard to find.

Can anyone advise the best way to keep a perfectly clean and haze/smudge free windscreen?
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28-02-2007, 11:05   #2
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Vinegar rubbed on with newspaper.

Also, wipe the wiper blades with the vinegar on tissue.
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28-02-2007, 11:48   #3
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I cleaned mine a few weeks ago and then applied RainX. On the motorway you can nearly drive without your wipers and the window stays clean nearly all week, mud and dirt seems to just repel off it, could definitely recommend it
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Yeah I've tried one of those before, not RainX but comehting similar,w as really good, but a pain to apply properly. Where can you buy it though I rarely see it here?
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They sell it in Halfords for €7.99. Just make sure you rub it off properly otherwise your wipers will smear it.
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Halfords sell it, along with RainX Windscreen Washer additive which works well, too.
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28-02-2007, 12:08   #7
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The ink on newspapers use to be great for cutting through grime, along with vinegar. The inks were solvent based then, now water based so not as effective. I use to also use both the RainX Glass Cleaner & Sealant but have since found Crystal Vision Glass Sealant to be the best of the lot. Does the two jobs in one. It lasts several months on side & rear windows and if topped up every month or two on the windscreen (as wipers tend to wear it down over time), it will keep the screen really clear. Rainwater forms into tiny beads and fly off as your driving, so no need to use the wipers as much.
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I use 6%IPA/94%DI wipes I can get from work and then dry the window off with a dry wipe. I spray 100% IPA on the rag first just to bring up the concentration of IPA and it gets the glass gleaming.
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Any tips on how to stop windscreen wipers from squeaking, I've a brand new set and they are annoying to say the very least.
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28-02-2007, 13:26   #10
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The best by far that I've used is autoglym glass polish. Goes on like a wax polish and really gets amazing results inside and out. At a pinch vinegar is a better bet than most of the shop bought stuff.

I avoid rainx and the like as it screws the rubber in the blades much faster and I found it made nighttime driving difficult as it increased glare if you weren't very careful with application. It's great for mirrors and other windows though.

The wipers squeeking is usually done to either the wipers are worn or the glass is dirty(road film). The cheapy wipers are more prone to it.
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Can anyone advise the best way to keep a perfectly clean and haze/smudge free windscreen?
Tie a roadside squigee-merchant to the roof of your car and keep a plentiful supply of 50c coins handy.
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Toothpaste

What I use is toothpaste. Its fantastic and removes all of the grease and also makes your wipers quiter. Give it a go!!
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What I use is toothpaste. Its fantastic and removes all of the grease and also makes your wipers quiter. Give it a go!!
Seriously?
Or is this a joke, like the time I was about 8 and my uncle told me that rubbing butter on my face would make my beard grow, and of course i tried.

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If you think about it, toothpaste would be ever so slightly abrasive (just like a polish), which would cut through the grease and grime.

It's not an old wives tale.

Even peanut butter is great at taking white stains (polish/wax) out of / off black (porous) plastic mouldings and trim.
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Seriously?
Or is this a joke, like the time I was about 8 and my uncle told me that rubbing butter on my face would make my beard grow, and of course i tried.
Yes Seriousley. I use it all of the time. If it can prevent your teeth from rotting it can take some grime off of your windscreen. If you think I am joking give it a go on a small patch on your screen. It also cleans your wiper blades very well and trust me it beats most of the screenwipes out there!!
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