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Old July 25th, 2011, 08:55 AM   #1
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Dried Wax on Windshield

A week ago, I ran my car through a touchless car wash. It's the one I always use at the BP on 15 & Mound. It was hot as hell out that day. I paid a little extra money to get the high end wash with wax and all the other BS to get the longer dryer time.

Later that day, I noticed I have what looked like dried water spots all over the windshield. It looks like the soap or wax had dried on the windshield and left a film that is only visible when the sun or light reflects off of it (it's pretty bad at night with glare). It's not on any other parts of the glass, or paint.

I tell my wife about it, and then a few days later she decides to take her new '11 Tahoe through there. Now on every single piece of glass has what look like vertical water lines down them.

I've tried Invisible Glass, Zaino Glass Polish, polishing compound, aluminum mag polish, and vinegar with 0000 steel wool. I've searched high and low on the internet and can't find much else. Diluted muriatic acid was the next step.

I'm going to call the car wash and also have my wife take her Tahoe to the dealer to see if they have run into this before. What's weird is my car just got it on the windshield, but the Tahoe got it on every piece of glass. My wife left right from home (a mile away from the car wash) so the A/C wasn't running for long. I came from work and had the A/C running for a while, so maybe that was the difference in the temperature of the glass.

Has anyone else run into this before? I think at this point the glass is probably etched and needs to be replaced.
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Old July 25th, 2011, 09:16 AM   #2
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Denatured alcohol FTW.

I only buy the cheap washes for this reason, hand washing is the only way to get a good wash anymore.
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Old July 25th, 2011, 09:18 AM   #3
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Denatured alcohol FTW.

I only buy the cheap washes for this reason, hand washing is the only way to get a good wash anymore.
Thanks, I'll give that a shot before the muriatic acid. I'm just amazed an abrasive polish won't take the shit off.

I guess we learned the hard way. I always prefer to wash by hand but cheat with the touchless washes every once in a while.
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Old July 25th, 2011, 09:22 AM   #4
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You're going to want to soak the rag ,not dripping but wet and let it sit on there for a bit before scrubbing at it.
If that doesn't work... proceede with going to the wash and raising hell.
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Old July 25th, 2011, 09:29 AM   #5
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I've had good luck spraying carb cleaner on a rag and giving it a good wipe.

You'll have to be VERY careful not to get an drips on your paint though!!!!

After that- a nice coat on rainX will take care of the rest of it.
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Old July 26th, 2011, 08:21 PM   #6
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I only buy the cheap washes for this reason,
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I never purposely let wax or polish of any kind on my glass surfaces. Wax is for the painted stuff only.
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Old July 27th, 2011, 06:05 AM   #7
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razor blades work as well
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