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Old 02-14-2011, 10:08 PM   #1
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My wife and I recently purchased a 2010 27'FB and are getting it ready to take out for the first time. We're having a heck of a time getting the windows clean on the outside. Is there a secret formula?

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Old 02-14-2011, 10:18 PM   #2
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No different than any other glass, I would think. The previous owner may have put some silicon grease on the surrounding rubber seals to keep the windows from sticking shut (a common problem), and it is getting on the glass as you attempt to wipe them clean?

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Old 02-14-2011, 10:29 PM   #3
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Outside of the glass? Is it something more that hard water spots? Some kind of glue?

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If you are using paper towels, sometimes they have some additives that will cause streaks when you polish the glass. Try some micro fiber cloths or newspaper or some really cheap paper towels.
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BTW - we would like to see that 2010 Airstream at Deadhorse this weekend. You can get the details in the "Upcoming Rallys" section at the bottom of the forum homepage.
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Old 02-14-2011, 10:39 PM   #6
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Thank you for the replies. The windows have hard water spots on them and Windex didn't seem to work. The windows are glass aren't they?
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Thank you for the replies. The windows have hard water spots on them and Windex didn't seem to work. The windows are glass aren't they?
Try some vinegar. See if that works.
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Old 02-15-2011, 02:04 PM   #8
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You are correct; these are hard water spots from letting Phoenix tap water dry on the windows. It will come off eventually with repeated washings. In the future, this can be avoided by not letting tap water dry on the glass. We use Rain-X on the windows periodically, which greatly reduces streaking and spotting. Otherwise, make sure to dry them after washing with the hose, or use softened water. (If you have a water softener at your home, there may be an outside tap that provides softened water.)

Homemade window cleaner recipe (from Consumer Reports, years and years ago):

* 1/2 cup of sudsy or regular ammonia

* 1 pint of rubbing alcohol (isopropyl alcohol, exact strength is unimportant)

* A few drops of food coloring, if you want colored window cleaner liquid

* A few drops of dishwashing detergent (Dawn works great), enough to make slightly sudsy (not too much)

* Enough water to make 1 gallon of liquid, total.

This works as good as Windex, is cheap, and also disinfects.
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Old 02-16-2011, 10:48 PM   #9
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Thanks all. Will try again and report back.
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I'd be careful about using Lime Away or other harsh products that could start corrosion if it gets into the aluminum seams. If it were mine I'd try to polish out the spots with some fine Meguiars polish. Too bad Glass Wax is no longer on the market.
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For the inside of windshield on our MH we found a applicator at wally's that has a 'boot' that forms to the curvature, along with a small spray bottle for water, since we're both smokers this makes cleaning it quite easy.
On the outside water and crumpled up newspaper works great for washing and drying.
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