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Old 10-02-2010, 06:51 AM
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Default How to remove water spots on car windshield and glass

Just bought a car for my daughter. Nice clean Pathfinder trade-in at our local dealer. Paint looks great but all the glass has water spots that wont clean off. Is there a product that will remove the spots without damaging the glass. Just searching for ideas. Thanks
Old 10-02-2010, 06:54 AM
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If there is no coating on the glass you could use cerium oxide. Try it on a small area and see how it works.
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Try vinegar or CLR.
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Try the cleaners designed for use with glasstop stoves
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NU GLASS,you can get it at any parts place,works great but requires elbow grease-lol
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if none of those work then it is acid rain and those water spots are etched into the glass.
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Surprised no one has mentioned using a microfiber cloth for glass - very good results on glass.

Spots, tough spots, would use try using a quality glass claener like meguiar's and if that doesn't work, try something like a soft automotive polishing wax (also meguiar's or another quality company).
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Thanks for the tips. I will try to pick up some of the above mentioned to try. Im hoping it is on the surface and will somehow buff off.
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Whatever you do, DON'T use a scrubbing pad of any kind. Had a friend that thought it would be a good idea to use a scotch-brite pad on the windshield...

He bought a new windshield.
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Originally Posted by ReelWork View Post
Whatever you do, DON'T use a scrubbing pad of any kind. Had a friend that thought it would be a good idea to use a scotch-brite pad on the windshield...

He bought a new windshield.
X2 those little kitchen sponges with green scrubber on one side are death on windshields.

I took bird poop off the windshield of an S500 several years ago...then got to buy a new windshield because it looked like somebody had taken sandpaper to it.
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Cerium oxide will remove scratches from glass. You can usually get it from any custom window glass shop.
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Anyone ever tried Coca-Cola? I find its great for removing road film, bug residue, and water spots...open a can...pour it on and scrub then rinse. Drink the rest...
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Originally Posted by Parthery View Post
Anyone ever tried Coca-Cola? I find its great for removing road film, bug residue, and water spots...open a can...pour it on and scrub then rinse. Drink the rest...
I find Jack and Coke works better...

(sorry, couldn't resist)
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If push comes to shove polishing compound and a buffer
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Glass corrodes from water, in a manner very similar to metal rusting.

That damage is permanent. Chemicals and elbow grease can diminish the appearance, but not eliminate the problem.

New glass is the solution. Do you have full glass coverage? Most companies replace glass if the crack cannot be hidden by a dollar bill.
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Detail shop trick: crumpled newspaper and white vinegar. It will remove most of the superficial etching.
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I lived at High Altitude for many years and the sun would bake water drops on your auto glass that were almost impossible.

always used a product called "Wink"



DO NOT get it on your paint or chrome
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Originally Posted by jbillfish View Post
Just bought a car for my daughter. Nice clean Pathfinder trade-in at our local dealer. Paint looks great but all the glass has water spots that wont clean off. Is there a product that will remove the spots without damaging the glass. Just searching for ideas. Thanks

Acid rain. Not much can be done about it.

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