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#4555706 - 10/26/17 10:11 PM Good window cleaner for 15 year old dirty glass..
daves66nova Offline


Registered: 04/11/04
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Loc: los angeles
I just got a '71 Vette beater that I plan to fix up. The windows have not been cleaned in over 15 years. What's a good cleaner for this? It seems that it has a thick haze of some sort.
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#4555711 - 10/26/17 10:17 PM Re: Good window cleaner for 15 year old dirty glass.. [Re: daves66nova]
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Distilled vinegar mixed 1:1 with hot water.
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#4555721 - 10/26/17 10:27 PM Re: Good window cleaner for 15 year old dirty glass.. [Re: daves66nova]
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Registered: 12/14/02
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Loc: New Jersey
Newspaper and sprayway streakless cleaner. Repeat multiple times before wiping a final time with microfiber.

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#4555746 - 10/26/17 10:50 PM Re: Good window cleaner for 15 year old dirty glass.. [Re: spasm3]
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Registered: 11/14/08
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Loc: Phoenix
Originally Posted By: spasm3
Distilled vinegar mixed 1:1 with hot water.


This works well. A drop of liquid dish detergent will help cut nicotine and grease.
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#4555801 - 10/26/17 11:55 PM Re: Good window cleaner for 15 year old dirty glass.. [Re: daves66nova]
raytseng Offline


Registered: 12/11/08
Posts: 2365
Loc: CA
i dont think you need anything special over the standard sprayway

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#4555818 - 10/27/17 12:37 AM Re: Good window cleaner for 15 year old dirty glass.. [Re: raytseng]
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Registered: 10/21/11
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Loc: CA
Wash, clay, wax.

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#4555943 - 10/27/17 06:55 AM Re: Good window cleaner for 15 year old dirty glass.. [Re: JHZR2]
Chris Meutsch Offline


Registered: 02/27/06
Posts: 2632
Loc: Cincinnati
Originally Posted By: JHZR2
Newspaper and sprayway streakless cleaner. Repeat multiple times before wiping a final time with microfiber.


Sprayway is by far the best glass cleaner I've ever used. The microfiber finish works well.
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#4556125 - 10/27/17 10:23 AM Re: Good window cleaner for 15 year old dirty glass.. [Re: daves66nova]
Tundragod Offline


Registered: 06/14/11
Posts: 180
Loc: MN
I recently cleaned my house windows with Turtle Wax® Chrome Polish after trying everything from sprayway, mineral spirit, paint thinner, purple cleaner, comet cleaner. I was amazed how clean it turned out. The windows had over spray paint and polyurethane when I refinished the wooden frame, and probably never been cleaned since the house was built in 1988.

I'm afraid to try on a windshield. Is there any film coating on the windshield?
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#4556941 - 10/28/17 08:52 AM Re: Good window cleaner for 15 year old dirty glass.. [Re: daves66nova]
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Registered: 10/01/02
Posts: 2902
Loc: North TX
With that much buildup it's highly likely you will need to use a glass polish after your best efforts with Sprayway or similar. Here is one example:

https://www.autogeek.net/griots-glass-polish.html

It will likely be needed both inside & outside.

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#4558854 - 10/29/17 10:19 PM Re: Good window cleaner for 15 year old dirty glass.. [Re: daves66nova]
NYEngineer Offline


Registered: 12/12/06
Posts: 1621
Loc: NY, NY
I like the green vinegar Windex and 0000 steel wool for really bad glass
I also like clay
I even sometimes use glass top stove cleaner for the side glass on my truck when it gets water stains on it

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#4558887 - 10/29/17 11:34 PM Re: Good window cleaner for 15 year old dirty glass.. [Re: daves66nova]
tom slick Offline


Registered: 05/26/03
Posts: 9308
Loc: Central Coast, Calif.
Barkeeper’s Friend works really well on glass.
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#4559125 - 10/30/17 09:48 AM Re: Good window cleaner for 15 year old dirty glass.. [Re: daves66nova]
gofast182 Offline


Registered: 04/30/13
Posts: 1715
Loc: NJ
I prefer Sprayway for light to moderately dirty glass. It's funny, I can tackle tricky paint correction but getting interior glass clean is like the hardest thing for me!

For my house windows and maybe a situation like this, I'd use a solution of warm water, ammonia, and a drop or two of Dawn dish soap. It works beautifully.
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#4559134 - 10/30/17 09:59 AM Re: Good window cleaner for 15 year old dirty glass.. [Re: daves66nova]
loneryder Offline


Registered: 04/19/14
Posts: 508
Loc: WV
Best window cleaner I've ever found is Zeps. It has alcohol in it and they even checked my id last time I bought it. Comes in gallons and spray bottles.

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#4559305 - 10/30/17 01:44 PM Re: Good window cleaner for 15 year old dirty glass.. [Re: daves66nova]
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Registered: 04/17/12
Posts: 3159
Loc: Boston, MA
Are we talking about the inside or outside of the car? Outside I would wash it first. Inside and/or out I would soak a microfiber in rubbing alcohol and scrub the glass. After that I would use sprayaway and new microfibers for each time you clean it. Depending on how bad it really is it might take a few rounds to get it nice and clean. Also remember to pull the window down some and get the edges. often missed
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#4560141 - 10/31/17 11:41 AM Re: Good window cleaner for 15 year old dirty glass.. [Re: daves66nova]
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Registered: 04/17/12
Posts: 2470
Loc: West Michigan
ONR at the QD ratio works great! Then you can do a final, squeaky clean, pass with your favorite glass cleaner.
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