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Old 03-04-2007, 10:19 PM   #1
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I am at a loss!

Our 72 Sovereign had the typical "aquarium wing windows" So we broke out the inside glass with help from research on this forum. So I am hoping I can get some help with the remaining residue. I have tried everything to get this off. I am at a loss. I desperately want nice clear wing windows! Any suggestions??????
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Old 03-05-2007, 01:04 AM   #2
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Hi... Have you tried a sharp razor blade...???
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I can't tell what is making the white markings...if it's mineral build-up, use vinegar with "oooo"steel wool. I'm assuming this is glass. Even four ought steel wool may scratch plexyglass, I'm not sure. If it's glass you'll be good. I do it all the time, our water is very hard.
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Old 03-05-2007, 02:17 PM   #4
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Yes, we tried a razor blade......I tried vinegar but not with the stell wool.....i tried it with a scrubby dish cleaner thing.....it didn't touch it....yes it is glass...
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Old 03-05-2007, 02:33 PM   #5
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I'd try the vinegar, or maybe Lime-a-way or CLR....
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Old 03-05-2007, 02:36 PM   #6
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Old 03-05-2007, 07:45 PM   #7
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W have already tried the vinegar......and lime away.....I have not tried the commercial product yet....I just can't believe that with all the experiences people have with the wing windows holding water, that noone else has had these water deposits left on the glass.
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Old 03-05-2007, 08:27 PM   #8
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You could try mineral spirit.I use it all the time to remove residue from vehicles.It is a slow process but it works depending on what the residue is.I am mostly cleaning up glue from stickers and such.It does not cost that much at your local walmart or hardware store.It also works great with taking off wax also.I do this to my surfboards all the time.After you finish that.(I it does work)Clean the glass up with some glass cleaner.
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Hey Debbie, I see you finally broke the inner windows, well done! Now for thoes pesky mineral deposits. When we restore port holes on classic yachts we use a basic 2 step process. 1st step is cleaning as much mineral deposit as you can. 2nd step is polishing to get all traces of deposit gone. 1st step--Wear gloves start with full strength CLR and fine to medium grit BRONZE wool. never use steel wool or you'll get tiny rust spots everywhere. Start on a small area with gentle pressure, once you see how it's working,you can adjust the grit and pressure as you go along. When you've gotten as much STUFF off the glass as you can, it's time for step 2. You'll need a water spritzer,maybe as low as 400 but certainly 1500 to 2000 grit wet/dry sandpaper. (You can get the sandpaper at any autobody paint supply store) a variable speed power drill with several metal polishing pads, jewelers rough or any good metal polish, we used to use toothpaste. Start in a small area using a small circular motion using the lightest grit sandpaper with the water spritzer that you can get away with. Progress until you feel you can use the buffing wheel (at low speed 1500 RPMs Lewis will know) and polish with very light pressure. This is a very dirty job so protect the entire area, but it'll get you in practice for the Ugly Betty transformation.
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Old 03-13-2007, 10:06 PM   #10
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Thanks Mark!
We tried the CLR but not with the bronze wool....I will try to find some tomorrow....where would I find such an item? I already have the sandpaper, we tried that also. But maybe we will have better luck after I take the bronze wool to it. At least when we look in the rear view mirror we don;t see water moving anymore! Hope all is going well for you guys. We will have to try to get our schedules together this summer! I'll let you know how the process goes.
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Debbie, Any marine hardware store will have it. Using steel wool on a boat or any metal is a hanging offense, the residue leaves millions of tiny rust spots kinda like sprinkling red pepper on everything only lots worse. Good luck --Mark--
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Hey try brake fluid. Learned this in the sign trade we used it to remove paint from plexiglass signs. Use Bounty paper towles so you won't get any scratches and they really do absorbe the best. To clean up the oily residue from brake fluid, use the WHITE vinegar .
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Desolve-it. Spray it on, let it sit for a little bit then wipe it off. You can pick it up in a grocery store or walmart. My husband has used it to remove lots of stuff from glass. He says it will work!
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