How To Clean Your Windscreen?

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  1. rosalan

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    I have seen several versions including this same formula, which I am a little nervous to try. Basically scrub your windscreen with the finest steel wool. Then use a product called Rain-X (several times), apparently Halfords sell it. Finally polish the screen with first a damp cloth (T-shirt) then a dry cloth (T-shirt).
    I had not come across this before but it seems this is one way to clean an RV in America.
    Has anyone tried this that I could trust?
    Alan
     
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    Not used wire wool but have used rain x , it's weird after you have used it and drive when it's raining the rain just goes straight off of the screen.
     
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    Used it on my visor in my motorbiking days and it worked brilliantly. The secret is to have the screen/visor absolutely clean to start off with and use as little Rain-X as possible as it seems to smear otherwise. Never been brave enough to try it on a windscreen though!
     
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    Ok until there is a heavy infestation of insects, which you have to scrub off with insect remover, then you have to re-apply. Tried it at work, even though at that time it wasn't recommended on the windscreen itself (can't remember why). Useful on other windows as insects were not an issue, but you would need a reason to keep other windows clear. Can't remember if you could use it on plastic. Seem to remember it wasn't worth the hassle, but others may have had better experiences.
     
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    Sits in the garage and used it in the past with great success but often too lazy to bother when I clean the vehicles now.
     
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    I use auto glym glass polish first to clean the screen then use the rain x. If you use it on side windows , the water seems to collect and form funny shapes and dance about the glass but that is only on the side windows.
     
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    Been using RAIN-X for 5 years both car and MH on windscreen and ALL windows without problem. Not seen wire wool used before hand to clean screen, be worried about that one............
     
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    After a bit of a think. I tried the wire wool on my mirrors and side windows, lubricating the task with a spray of somebody's cheap glass cleaner. After all, what could go wrong? As it happened, nothing went wrong and my mirrors came up better than usual and could have been even better if I had not used a polishing cloth that had remnants of Simoniz polish on it leaving an interesting bloom to enjoy.
    I must think before I do. I must think before I do. I must think before I do. I must think before I do.
     
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    I can't see wire wool damaging glass.
    It's not the most abrasive substance known to man after all.

    If you use it on copper pipe it brings the copper very clean and shiny with no scratches.
     
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    Not sure about the wire wool myself but if you want a windscreen sealer (thats what RainX is) there are far better longer lasting ones on the market and for about the same price. My favourite is Aquapel
     
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    Always use rainX clean the screen then put the rainX on surprising then when you drive say on the motorway and its light rain the rin just beads off the screen no need for wipers.
     
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    @cruiser has a good device for cleaning windscreens, especially that awkward to get at bit under the Luton......:whistle2:
     
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    Cripesy Cripes...

    I am well out of date!

    I clean my screen and windows with water, a drop of Fairy Liquid, a squeegy, a wipe dry blade and a chamois leather.

    Just like I used to do when I helped my mate out on his window cleaning round all those years ago.

    JJ :cool:
     
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    rainx is good but a bit dear, but saying that only need to use it 3 times a year
     
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    Put some RailX in the washer bottle as well then it gets replenished every time you squirt (sometimes the words just don't come out right)
     
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    I suspect the wire wool will slowly disintegrate as you use it and lots of very fine wire will collect along the bottom of the windscreen - where it will go rusty. I guess you could rinse it away with a powerful jet of water but it is something to be wary of.
     
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    surely a nylon pan scourer and some lubricant would be safer than wire wool. the steel is hard enough to scratch the glass, only microscopically maybe but still damaging to the surface

    hard to beat vinegar for cleaning glass and removing all traces of bugs and polish. it used to be common for people to use vinegar and old newspaper. it still works very well
     
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    Apparently full-fat Coke is a good cleaner of glass (and chrome on classic cars)
     
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    yes the citric acid content, but the sugar content leaves a residue
     
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    yes the citric acid content, but the sugar content leaves a residue
     
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    Detailing clay works wonders on glass, I guess rainx is the glass equivalent of car wax, causes the water to bead and reduces friction so airflow pushes it off the glass better.
     
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