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Good window cleaner for 15 year old dirty glass.. #4555706
10/26/17 10:11 PM
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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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Re: Good window cleaner for 15 year old dirty glass.. [Re: daves66nova] #4555711
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Distilled vinegar mixed 1:1 with hot water.


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Re: Good window cleaner for 15 year old dirty glass.. [Re: daves66nova] #4555721
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Newspaper and sprayway streakless cleaner. Repeat multiple times before wiping a final time with microfiber.

Re: Good window cleaner for 15 year old dirty glass.. [Re: spasm3] #4555746
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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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Re: Good window cleaner for 15 year old dirty glass.. [Re: daves66nova] #4555801
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i dont think you need anything special over the standard sprayway

Re: Good window cleaner for 15 year old dirty glass.. [Re: raytseng] #4555818
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Wash, clay, wax.

Re: Good window cleaner for 15 year old dirty glass.. [Re: JHZR2] #4555943
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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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Re: Good window cleaner for 15 year old dirty glass.. [Re: daves66nova] #4556125
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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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Re: Good window cleaner for 15 year old dirty glass.. [Re: daves66nova] #4556941
10/28/17 08:52 AM
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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.

Re: Good window cleaner for 15 year old dirty glass.. [Re: daves66nova] #4558854
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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

Re: Good window cleaner for 15 year old dirty glass.. [Re: daves66nova] #4558887
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Barkeeper’s Friend works really well on glass.


You get what you pay for...
So keep in mind how much you paid for this advice.
Re: Good window cleaner for 15 year old dirty glass.. [Re: daves66nova] #4559125
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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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Re: Good window cleaner for 15 year old dirty glass.. [Re: daves66nova] #4559134
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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.

Re: Good window cleaner for 15 year old dirty glass.. [Re: daves66nova] #4559305
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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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Re: Good window cleaner for 15 year old dirty glass.. [Re: daves66nova] #4560141
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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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