Steps for Window Cleaning
After so much time and effort prepping your ride for the ultimate test – whether that’s a continent-spanning road trip or simply the forthcoming years of getting from home to work – it’d be a shame to let so little a thing as a spotty or streaked windshield obstruct your joy behind the wheel. Fortunately we have an arsenal of auto detailing supplies to the rescue.
It doesn’t happen overnight – typically, the buildup is slow and gradual, and you most likely don’t know where they come from or how they accumulated. There are, of course, a number of factors that could have led to such a buildup. Salt spray, a mix of water and soap plus acid rain, and other contaminants are all possibilities. Whatever the source, the solution is simple – and better yet, you don’t have to drop any excess coin to solve the problem.
Read on to learn how one or two of your basic household products – and maybe one from your local automotive store – can remove spots from your windshield and car windows.
What You’ll Need:
- Distilled or bottled water
- Spray bottle
- Lint-free cloth or shammy
- Steel wool (extreme conditions)
- Detail clay (extreme conditions)
Instructions on How to Clean Headlights:
- Due to its highly acidic nature, vinegar will need to be mixed with distilled or bottled water
- Mix the solution and spray onto windshield or car window from the spray bottle
- Allow the mix a few minutes to penetrate the spots or streaks
- Wipe off your glass with a soft household cloth or shammy
- Depending on severity, you may have to repeat this process
Generally speaking, a 50/50 blend of vinegar and water is a good rule of thumb, but you can add slightly more vinegar if the spots are particularly bad. If, however, this process doesn’t sufficiently clear things up, you may need to dig deeper with some fine-grade steel wool. Steel wool is coarse enough so as to do away with even the most stubborn spots, but not so coarse as to do more damage than good. The best way is to rub in a circular motion until the haze dissolves completely.
In the case of newer windshields – older windshields tend to have imperfections that could actually impede the rubbing process further – you might have to apply detail clay. This can be found at most auto shops, but be careful to avoid scrubbing the tinted interior of your windshield or windows, as the clay can actually buff away the tint.