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    Window cleaner

    I made the mistake of using Windex on my car window and now it looks like there is a constant fog.

    Does anyone have any recommendations for a good window cleaner that is going to prevent this? The foggy look doesnt go away if I crack my window or even if I put my defoster one. It clears up a tad but by no means go away.

    I assume when I used the windex it smeared horrible. Any ideas?
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    you can't put windex on your car windows?!

    are you serious?

    i did not know this...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 96accord View Post
    you can't put windex on your car windows?!

    are you serious?

    i did not know this...
    I've used it on all windows and some look okay but the windsheild and rear window have a ton of fog after using it.

    The side windows have probaly been rolled up/down enough to take all the windex off of them by now...just guessing.
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    Use "Stoner" window cleaner. Black bottle with a yellow cap. It comes in a foaming type spray can.

    Works awesome and its safe on tint. I get it at O'Reilly but im sure some other places carry it. Place that tinted my windows recomended it and its good stuff.

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    You can use any window cleaner on car windows. Your windows may have had that film that windows get when they are not cleaned in a long time... you may have smeared that up (not cleaned the windows well.) My advice is... One, dont clean the windows in direct sunlight. Two, use two towels made for window cleaning if not use two CLEAN terry cloth towels. Spray some window cleaner on one of the towels so that its damp. Then spray the entire window with the cleaner. Use the damp one to clean up and the dry one to completely dry the window (do not use the damp one to the point that it drys the window.) ALSO make sure the windows are not hot. If the window cleaner dries before YOU actually dry it, it will leave streaks. Window cleaning is a PITA unless you use the right "technique."

    Another way to clean windows is with a damp microfiber (MF) towel and a dry terry cloth towel. You basically use the water in the MF as the "window cleaner." Wipe the window down with the damp MF then dry it with the terry cloth towel. Remember not to allow it to dry on its own. It may seem like its not working but you'll catch on and will have streak free windows every time. GL!

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    Oh yeah. Stoners Invisible Glass works very well. It comes in a aerosol can or in a regular spray bottle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Imprezademics View Post
    Oh yeah. Stoners Invisible Glass works very well. It comes in a aerosol can or in a regular spray bottle.
    I think that is what i have, not sure though ill check when i get home, the stuff i use it great
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    Yea, any window cleaner that comes in an aresol type can has worked best for me
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    Personally, I prefer to just use a terry or microfiber towel very lightly dampened with clean water and just wipe down the inside of the glass with that. On the outside of the windows I use Stoners.

    Another tip to keep your windows from developing a film is do not use a spray on interior cleaner/detailer. When the inside of the car becomes an oven from the sunlight, the cleaner tends to evaporate and cause the formation of said film on the windows as it condenses. I just use the aforementioned damp towel to wipe down the various interior parts as well to prevent this.
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    for tinted windows use rubbing alcohol and a soft cloth, on the exterior and all other non-tinted glass look for a product called "bar keepers friend". it comes in a gold can like Ajax. its a powder, but the best way to use it is get a soft cloth damp, NOT SOAKED and sprinkle a small amount onto it, and smear it around to make a paste. apply it to the glass like you would apply wax, in small circular motions. allow it to haze over and wipe away.

    pros-if used correctly you will never be able to tell the glass is even there!

    cons- if you dont get all the haze off, as soon as light hits it (especially at night, it gets REALLY annoying!). also the powder left over after wiping the haze off tends to get everywhere.

    all in all great product, and its all i ever use!
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    Quote Originally Posted by xMDxWRX View Post
    I think that is what i have, not sure though ill check when i get home, the stuff i use it great
    I do use Stoners invisible glass works great
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    I use a windex followed by a 50% windex water solution. Usually works pretty well.
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    I've never been able to clean my windows w/o it having streaks or fogging. In the latest issue of DRIVE by Subaru they say that the fogging is caused by particles in the dashboard's plastic sticking to the window. They said that to prevent this from happening use Ammonia-Free window cleaners.

    I've also heard to use Newspaper to clean the windows - again I got streaks.

    So what's the secret? Stoner? Something else?
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    Quote Originally Posted by D0WNxSH1FT View Post
    I've never been able to clean my windows w/o it having streaks or fogging. In the latest issue of DRIVE by Subaru they say that the fogging is caused by particles in the dashboard's plastic sticking to the window. They said that to prevent this from happening use Ammonia-Free window cleaners.

    I've also heard to use Newspaper to clean the windows - again I got streaks.

    So what's the secret? Stoner? Something else?

    Stoners does the trick for me
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    Quote Originally Posted by xMDxWRX View Post
    Stoners does the trick for me
    Inside and out? You dont get the bad streaks that kill your vision at night when lights blur in it?
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