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      03-17-2009, 07:55 PM   #1
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streak free windows...

can anyone please help me. i have no idea how i could get streak free windows! as stupid as it sounds i just cant do it. i try all kinds of windex and mircofiber towels. how!?
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You're on the right track with the microfiber towels. Make sure that they are the real high quality ones though.

Then, get a can of those foamy window cleaner, or a bottle of Adam's window cleaner:

http://www.detailersdomain.com/index...PROD&ProdID=53

Or the Swissvax Crystal Glass:

http://www.detailersdomain.com/index...ROD&ProdID=319
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+1 on the foaming window spray. You can also use newspaper to wipe it clean.
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thanx dudes!!!!!
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newspaper?!?!?!?!?!? WTF! u guys serious? like any newspaper? aint newspapers dirty?
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newspaper?!?!?!?!?!? WTF! u guys serious? like any newspaper? aint newspapers dirty?
LOL

Believe it or not, regular newspaper works better than almost any cloth. Our tech swears by it.
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newspaper?!?!?!?!?!? WTF! u guys serious? like any newspaper? aint newspapers dirty?
The ink acts as a mild abrasive, and it has no lint. Makes your hands dirty, but otherwise works great. It's also a form of recycling, I guess.
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the best and simplest solution to clean windows:

take a spray bottle and put a little dishwashing detergent in it and fill the rest with water. Spray on your windows and use a sponge. Then rinse with clean water. Just like washing dishes. No fancy car product or window cleaner works as good as dishwashing detergent. It's specifically made to cut grease.

Until I learned this tip I struggled for ever trying to get rid of a film left on my windshield from overspray from a detailing spray, nothing would clean it off.
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newspaper?!?!?!?!?!? WTF! u guys serious? like any newspaper? aint newspapers dirty?
Thats what i said the first time i heard this. However since this is about the 100th time someone has said use newspapoer I think im gonna give it a try. I let you no how it goes
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Newspaper is pretty useful. just dont use it til it falls apart, then its pointless. but if you use newspaper the right way its perfect for streak free windows. first time i heard about this years ago i was skeptical. but it works really well and i do it every time now
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Newspaper is pretty useful. just dont use it til it falls apart, then its pointless. but if you use newspaper the right way its perfect for streak free windows. first time i heard about this years ago i was skeptical. but it works really well and i do it every time now
I use to do it as a kid when I helped clean the windows at our home.
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the best and simplest solution to clean windows:

take a spray bottle and put a little dishwashing detergent in it and fill the rest with water. Spray on your windows and use a sponge. Then rinse with clean water. Just like washing dishes. No fancy car product or window cleaner works as good as dishwashing detergent. It's specifically made to cut grease.
One note: Dish detergent is not friendly with waxes/protectants.
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can anyone please help me. i have no idea how i could get streak free windows! as stupid as it sounds i just cant do it. i try all kinds of windex and mircofiber towels. how!?
Are you dealing with water streaks when drying the car... or a thin film?

A mf cloth folded neatly and then pulled slowly with moderate-to-light pressure across the glass (careful not to let the cloth wrinkle) is really all you need if you're drying the glass.

If you're trying to clean the glass, you can try the following (in order):
-glass cleaner (I prefer stoner's invisible glass) & mf cloth (or newspaper)
-vinegar & water mix & mf cloth
-non-abrasive polish

Be meticulous.
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      03-19-2009, 01:54 AM   #15
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clean old t shirt and water. simple as that
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Thanks for the tip with the newspaper. I'm gonna give it a try next time I wash the X5.
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+ 1 on the detergent. thatll probably help get all that junk off the window. when i try to clean my windows, i notice that my MF towels leave a streak of lint. theres always some sort of sticky stuff (maybe tree sap) on my windows that prevent me from getting a nice clear clean.

try not to get too my detergent on the car body though, prob will take some wax/clear coat off
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One note: Dish detergent is not friendly with waxes/protectants.
Yep, it'll take them right off too. Pretty easy to keep it on the glass though, just gotta use a little care while doing so.
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In fact you can spray a little dish detergent water mix directly on a sponge so not to make a mess all over the body of the car.

I try not to use any of my MF towels cause there is usually left over detailing spray in them and that's the stuff that smears up the windows.
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Thats what i said the first time i heard this. However since this is about the 100th time someone has said use newspapoer I think im gonna give it a try. I let you no how it goes
Yeah, newspaper works very good believe it or not! The downside is that it will prolly leave some balled up "droppings" on the dash. Just wipe the dash with a MF towel after and you are good to go.
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I try not to use any of my MF towels cause there is usually left over detailing spray in them and that's the stuff that smears up the windows.
I don't feel like I have a problem, but maybe I do if I have dedicated mf towels for each part of the job.

Actually, Costco did (and possibly still does) have some really good mf towels in bulk packs for cheap. Good excuse to have a healthy supply of mf towels.

One other random comment on mf towels, never dry them with fabric softeners. The softeners bond to the towel, affecting how well they can absorb.
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