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So ive tried everything, windex and now rain-x. Ive also tried two different microfibre cloth types, one which is specific for windows. Ive also tried to just use one for application and removal and then use a second for final removal/streak removal. <p>Its kind of driving me nuts, Ive never had such an issue with window glass, and this was when I used paper towels. I might just use the paper towels tonight and see if they work.<p>Also, that ICE liquid wax if for the birds IMO. Streaked alot, directions say to then use a damp cloth prior to removing with a microfibre. I found that a terrible idea and figured it would just ruin my wash/dry that Ive already done.<p>So what do you guys use to get a streak free shine?
 

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Re: Streaky windows...need advice (mpdbrown)

try vinegar and news paper I know a detailer that swears by it
 

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Newspaper works fantastic with windex or glass plus. I've also heard guys swear by Stoner's invisible glass, I bought some last time I was stocking up on car wash supplies but I haven't tried it yet. I don't know why newspaper works so good, it's one of those "tribal knowledge" kinds of things. Give it a try.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>LloydDobler</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I've also heard guys swear by Stoner's invisible glass.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>+1! When used with crumpled newspaper, the results are great <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Regards,<p>Derek
 

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<can't believe my 1,000th post was on crumpled newspaper><p> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/rolleyes.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Somewhat anti-climatic <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Regards,<p>Derek
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>bb vign</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>+1! When used with crumpled newspaper, the results are great <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Regards,<p>Derek</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I use with a microfiber. <p><br>BTW, to the OP - RainX won't clean your window, just help your wipers. And yes, it will streak.
 

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Re: Streaky windows...need advice (mpdbrown)

If the newspaper doesnt work.... claybar the glass.... you will be very happy with the results! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Streaky windows...need advice (mpdbrown)

I noticed that those little lens cleaner packets for eyeglasses contain nothing but isopropyl alcohol and water. Griot's glass cleaner seems to be a bit of soap, alcohol, and water. Based on that, I keep a bottle of alcohol (denatured) in the garage just for glass. I wonder if isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol wouldn't be better, though, because it is purer.<p>One trick I've learned is to follow-up the wiping with a bone-dry lint-free rag to "polish" the surface (this is probably where the newspaper trick works well, too). I drive directly into the sun on both ends of my commute, so any film or smudges are annoyingly obvious.<p>How new is your car? A chemist friend told me that the plasticizers in automotive plastics and vinyls evaporate and cling to the glass. This goes on for a few years. This explains why I always had filmy windows on my cars when they were new, but the problem eventually faded. I've found that Windex or similar things don't cut it when it comes to this "plasticizer film". Automotive-specific glass cleaners might be formulated with this in mind and thus are more effective.<p>Are you talking about the Rain-X rain-shedding stuff? That stuff is good in a rainstorm, but it is not meant to give you a crystal-clear windshield on a sunny day. It's kinda like a wax and can show streaks. A friend of mine put it on the INSIDE of his windshield. Oh man, don't do that. He had to work damn hard to strip it off.<p>I'd stop at the drug store for a little bottle of alky if I were you.
 

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Re: Streaky windows...need advice (Dyno)

1. Get a bucket of water.<br>2. Grab 2 crumpled up newspapers. (black & white ink, NOT color)<br>3. Use 1st newspaper, get it sopping wet and clean window<br>4. Use 2nd newspaper to dry off window.<p>*add a bit of vinegar to the water if the window is extremely dirty.<p>This is how I have always done it and it is very effective
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Needsdecaf</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>I use with a microfiber. <p><br>BTW, to the OP - RainX won't clean your window, just help your wipers. And yes, it will streak. </TD></TR></TABLE><p>The bottle is labeled "cleaner + rain repellent" so it should work as advertised.<p>And, yea, i did put it on the inside of the window as well LOL <br> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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being that the vinegar is acidic it will remove all the build up you've created
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>mpdbrown</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>The bottle is labeled "cleaner + rain repellent" so it should work as advertised.<p></TD></TR></TABLE><p>You are a Marketer's dream. May be it cleans as advertised, just not well. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> Always clean with other stuff before applying RainX. BTW, it does work well as a rain repellent.<p>I also use isopropyl alcohol + water to clean the windows inside and out, with micro fiber to dry. If your windows are realy dirty, change cloth multiple times while you clean.<p>Tip: Isopropyl alcohol can be puchased in paint stores in large quantity. They can also be used as gas line antifreeze in the winter.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>ohw</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>You are a Marketer's dream. May be it cleans as advertised, just not well. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> Always clean with other stuff before applying RainX. BTW, it does work well as a rain repellent.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>IVE BEEN DUPED lol. car is an 04. All advice has been heeded, Im going to grab a bunch of new microfibers from wallmart later and see if I can get the streaks off. We will see.
 

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I've been told by Volvo to use alcohol or the Volvo Windshield wiper fluid to get grime off the windows; which has worked for me. And then I go over with Stoner's spray foam glass cleaner and newspapers.
 
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