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Old 05-27-2005, 09:40 PM   #1
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Writing on windows?

A PO used something on the inside of my windows to mark it as for sale.

You can't see it at all normally. The windows look perfectly clean. But after four of us sleeping in the trailer the condensation causes it to show up real nice.

My windows read 'For Sale $4000'

I have tried, windex, and even isopropel alcohol to clean the windows. But the next time we camp its there again. Kind of frustraing because I can't tell if it worked until we fog the windows again

What can I clean the windows with the get whatever this stuff is off once and for all?
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Old 05-27-2005, 09:44 PM   #2
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Try a little CLR (same stuff you use to clean coffee pots) and if that and/0r super fine steel wool with window cleaner doesnt work, either tint the window or use some FOG-X on it so it doesnt fog up!
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I have had good results with an SOS pad, wet. I found that solution when preparing autos for sale after they had been to the auction. The wax from the crayons they used to write the numbers on the windows wouldn't come off any other way
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Try Bon-Ami it will clean it off.
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Old 05-27-2005, 10:37 PM   #5
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Try toothpaste.
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Old 05-27-2005, 11:41 PM   #6
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A product called Goo-Gone will probably also do the trick. Plus you get a nice citrus smell
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Old 05-28-2005, 01:56 AM   #7
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Actually, Try Rain-X
It will smooth the oxidation layer on the glass and make that disappear. That is for sure.
The reason it shows up in the first place is that the oxidation layer of the glass was altered by whatever was used to make the notice - a marker perhaps.
Rain-X will remove the oxidation layer on all of the glass - like wiping the slate clean.
Works great on the inside as well...
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Tim, it looks like most of us recommend using a mild abrasive to help get rid of that figure. If you don't feel comfortable with that, you can also try the solvent, or coating methods.
Let us know what you end up doing, and how it works.
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Tim,
It's just a thought, but maybe you have done something to offend the trailer in someway....the next time the price shows up and its been reduced, that's your cue to makeup to the trailer....say polish it up again, or fill the propane tanks, etc.

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Humm interesting point.

I suppose if I could figure out what was used to mark the $4000 into the window, I could add a 1 to the front.

That wouldn't be so bad

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It's just a thought, but maybe you have done something to offend the trailer in someway....the next time the price shows up and its been reduced, that's your cue to makeup to the trailer....say polish it up again, or fill the propane tanks, etc.

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Tim, I've always had success with jeweller's rouge on a damp cloth. Nick.
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Old 06-04-2005, 11:36 PM   #12
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I tried the SOS pad. It did not work. As I did a finaly cleanup with windex, I could see the numbers in the streaks until they faded away.

I only cleaned the inside of the window with the sos pad since I assume that's how its showing up with the condensation on the inside.

I next tried that stove top glass polish that my wife has for the stove. That did not work either.

This is really getting frustrating....
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Most will not like this but my best solvent is gasoline. Used carefully, it will remove just about everything and anything. For some reason this always causes controversy but the stuff just works. It will evaporate quickly and the smell will go away faster then anything else if you donít leave the rag lying around. It's about $2.19 a gallon at Wal-Mart! I think goo-gone is about $4 per 6 oz. Of course it's flammable as is lighter fluid, and a lot of other solvents but it's just another solvent that happens to work. Keep it off rubber and plastic but you knew that. Overfilling your lawnmower is more dangerous than a dab of it on a rag. I must say I haven't tried it on windows though.
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Could it be possible that it is on the outside of the window? Not many folks can write mirror image on the inside.
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Haven't tried it but ...

I seem to recall some car products that would keep condensation from forming. Also RainX might help - it makes the glass "slick", so rain slides off easier. Won't take whatever it is off, but might stop the for-sale sign problem.

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Worth a try

I was looking for the product "Glass Wax" but find that it was discontinued in 2002. BUT as long as you are trying everything else, why not try something like an automotive wax polish? Can't hurt, might help, worth a try.
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Another product that works wonders is Bestine. It was originally made as a rubber cememnt thinner and remover. It will take just about any adhesive off completely. I've used it for over 30 years and I can't recall anything I tried it on where it didn't work. It comes in small cans and is found in art supply and craft stores like Michael's.

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Eastowood sells glass polishing stuff...a rubber fitting for your poloisher and a mild abrasive. I might have to do our Saturn windshield as it is getting a bit cloudy
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