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PostPosted: Mon Sep 15, 2014 3:31 pm    Post subject: Glass cleaning Reply with quote

I have always tried to keep the glass as clean as possible since the car was new. Regular washing, using glass cleaner, clay bar and RainX. But water spots and grime seem almost impossible to remove... The water spots on my cars glass aren't really that bad but I knew the glass could be cleaner.

I picked up some glass polishing pads to use with the d/a buffer and some water spot remover for glass. The pads I got are made by Griot's Garage and the water spot remover is made by Mothers.
http://www.mothers.com/02_products/06712.html
http://www.griotsgarage.com/product/6+inch+glass+polish+pads.do?sortby=ourPicks&page=2

I started by doing a quick cleaning with regular glass cleaner to get any loose dirt and whatnot off the glass. I taped off the moldings/paint around the glass to protect them from the pad and cleaner. Then I applied the water spot remover using the 6" pad and the d/a on speed 2 and light pressure. Basically the weight of the tool is enough as the spot remover is more of a chemical action then a mechanical action. I did the windshield in 4 sections to keep the work area manageable. I worked the spot remover much like you would when doing paint correction and did two total passes. Wiping it off with a microfiber towel and then a good cleaning with glass cleaner and a glass microfiber. I then finished with an application of RainX. Much like paint correction the glass is super slick and smooth now. While this won't remove scratches or sandblasting the glass is more clean/clear now.
I spent about 30 minutes on the windshield and about 20 minutes on the back window, I didn't do any of the side glass, that will be for another day.
Now for some pictures:

windshield before:




windshield after, not 100% removal of spots but much better:



back window before:


back window after, not 100% removal of spots but much better:


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 15, 2014 4:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The trick I use to really get the windows clean and to polish out some of the micro pitting is to clean the glass really well with Stoner glass cleaner, then tape off and liberally apply Brasso brass polish to the buffing bonnet and go at it. Then I clean the glass again with more Stoner, then an application of Rain-X. That keeps my windows pretty much spotless for 3 months. Get rid of the fine pitting and driving against the sun isn't even so much an issue. It's like there's no glass in the frame at all.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 15, 2014 8:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Also... clay bar.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 15, 2014 8:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll look into the Brasso... I have to clean the glass on the wife's Suburban!
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 15, 2014 9:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

rcktpwrd wrote:
I'll look into the Brasso... I have to clean the glass on the wife's Suburban!


That's about an acre! Razz

I claybar and put polish on my windsield.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 15, 2014 10:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use powdered rice hulls. The water spots breakdown on contact and it polishes the glass. No masking or worry about harming other finishes just rinse off with water and dry.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2014 9:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

LiquidPT wrote:
Also... clay bar.

I clean my windshield with just clay bar and some rain-x.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2014 12:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

NitroPT wrote:
I use powdered rice hulls. The water spots breakdown on contact and it polishes the glass. No masking or worry about harming other finishes just rinse off with water and dry.










When we first drove home buying our PT 2 years ago the usual glass stains from water were all over the glass. After using the powdered rice hulls you can not find any stain on the glass. The nice thing is it was a one time cleaning and the upkeep is simple car washing and glass cleaner.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2014 3:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So may I ask where you got or purchased the powdered rice hulls Sir.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2014 6:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I find that just a regular (every other month) application of RainX keeps the water spots off.
And, after washing, I always drive to the car wash close by and rinse with "Spotless Rinse" cycle.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 17, 2014 3:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

dondacy wrote:
So may I ask where you got or purchased the powdered rice hulls Sir.


The Philippines Cool

The next time you stop buy I will give you enough to do your PT.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 18, 2014 9:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

NitroPT wrote:
dondacy wrote:
So may I ask where you got or purchased the powdered rice hulls Sir.


The Philippines Cool

The next time you stop buy I will give you enough to do your PT.



Next time he stops by the Philippines?????
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 19, 2014 1:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

soonercruiser wrote:
NitroPT wrote:
dondacy wrote:
So may I ask where you got or purchased the powdered rice hulls Sir.


The Philippines Cool

The next time you stop buy I will give you enough to do your PT.



Next time he stops by the Philippines?????
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Don lives a short distance from me.

I have it shipped to me from the Philippines.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 01, 2016 10:40 pm    Post subject: Windshild Reply with quote

Ok we don't have rice balls here in PA-- I would like to bright my windshield back to new or as close as possible---how with normal available stuff here in the USA?
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 02, 2016 7:58 pm    Post subject: Re: Windshild Reply with quote

mjb457 wrote:
Ok we don't have rice balls here in PA-- I would like to bright my windshield back to new or as close as possible---how with normal available stuff here in the USA?


I have had good results using a clay bar.
After totally clean, I aply wax to the windshield - bugs come off easier...

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