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 Post subject: De-greasing windscreen
PostPosted: Sat Mar 22, 2014 3:11 pm 
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I have a very smeared screen. Dove on dark B roads the other night in the rain at rush hour, a nightmare. I have tried various products like Autoglym, Nilglas, traffic film remover, etc to no avail. Any suggestions?

The blades are only 4 weeks old, Michelin Stealth, if anything the problem is worse after fitting them, however I have done a number of very long motorway trips in the last 4 weeks.

I have seen "bar keepers friend" highly recommended on the net and have ordered some as a cheap try.

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 Post subject: Re: De-greasing windscreen
PostPosted: Sat Mar 22, 2014 4:08 pm 
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Pure medical alcohol and newspaper. Or you can buy alcohol wipes but make sure they do not contain any moisturisers or lanolin.

IMHO do not use bar keepers friend. It is very abrasive and may leave a lot of micro scratches on your windscreen. I used it to clean brass ware on my boat and it was brilliant for that.

I also use commercial glass cleaner which they use for cleaning double glazing units before and/after installation. It is called bond it glass cleaner.

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 Post subject: Re: De-greasing windscreen
PostPosted: Sat Mar 22, 2014 4:19 pm 
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Hi Chris,

LIDL used to do W5 Carcare Nano Solution. It was a kit that contained a cleaning solution, and cleaning block and a micro fibre cloth. It is (or was) the bees knees. It broke the surface tension of the beads so the rain didn't impede vision while driving, was blown off very easily and needed less frequent use of the wipers. If you cleaned the wipers, they also worked better. I bought 3 the last time I saw them on sale (about 4 years ago) but I haven't seen them since.

Vinegar, or as Milton has suggested isoproply or medical alcohol will leave it clean too.

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 Post subject: Re: De-greasing windscreen
PostPosted: Sat Mar 22, 2014 4:27 pm 
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Pure medical alcohol would that be from a chemist?

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 Post subject: Re: De-greasing windscreen
PostPosted: Sat Mar 22, 2014 4:29 pm 
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chrisuk wrote:
Pure medical alcohol would that be from a chemist?


Yes, most chemists and pharmacy chains stock it.

This looks like the type of stuff LIDL used to do http://www.nanolex.de/en/products/nanol ... ss-sealant

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 Post subject: Re: De-greasing windscreen
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eoinsully wrote:
chrisuk wrote:
Pure medical alcohol would that be from a chemist?


Yes, most chemists and pharmacy chains stock it.

This looks like the type of stuff LIDL used to do http://www.nanolex.de/en/products/nanol ... ss-sealant

Kind Regards,

Eoin


It's not like RainX is it, I tried that once and didn't like the haze that it left no matter how much I polished off.

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Hi Chris,

No idea, what Rain X is like, never tried it. The W5 Nano Care didn't leave any smears, streaks, residue or anything like that, just a perfectly clear windscreen.

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 Post subject: Re: De-greasing windscreen
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A wet cloth with fairy liquid, a good rub and rinse off does it for me.

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 Post subject: Re: De-greasing windscreen
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I found some isopropyl in the garage from my industry days, have tried it on part of the screen, but not rained yet to see results. (hosepipe is nothing compared with a wet dark B road at night).

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 Post subject: Re: De-greasing windscreen
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I clean mine with meths. I also give the wiper blades a clean while I'm at at. Let it dry then after that it's RainX done twice. The haze fades after a couple of wipes and in my opinion the effect is brilliant. Most of the time wipers aren't needed.


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