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    windshield smudges. help!

    I just had a new windshield installed on my suv. I have always used Rain X on all my vehicles, but I have a huge problem. I washed and cleaned my new windshield and then applied Rain X. It's fine for a few weeks and then here is what happens. Big smudges show up while the wipers go left to right and then the smudges go away. But as the wipers work the smudges appear. How can I completely and safely remove Rain X off of my windshield? I am afraid to drive my family and kids at night like this because I cannot see we're I'm driving. The Rain X bottle is 3 yrs old. Could that be the issue? What else can I use in place of Rain X.

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    Re: windshield smudges. help!

    If I were you, I would clay it, or even use a polish or compound on it since I am sure that would remove any wax/rainX/coatings on the windshield.

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    Re: windshield smudges. help!

    Agree with above.

    Once you've done that, UQW works well in place of RainX at repelling water and dirt.
    Quote Originally Posted by Blueline View Post
    I own a silver vehicle and a black vehicle owns me. The black one demands attention, washing, detailing, waxing and an occasional dinner out at a nice restaurant. The silver one demands nothing and it looks just fine. I think the black vehicle is taking advantage of me, and the silver car is more my style. We can go out for a drive without her makeup and she looks fine. If I want to take the black one out, it is three or four hours in the "bathroom" to get ready.

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    Here's what Rain X tells me. Let me know what you think.

    1. Rain-X Xtreme Clean (Can be purchased at Wal-Mart, Pep Boys,
    Uni-Select, Amazon.com, Coast Auto, Fred Meyer, Meijer, Speedco)
    2. Soft Scrub with NO bleach (Product will not state no bleach, you
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    to purchase the one that will state "With Baking Soda Cleanser" or
    "Lemon Cleanser"

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    What should I spray on the windshield before claying?

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    What else can I instead of uqw or rain X? I just don't prefer adding uqw on the windshield.

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    Re: windshield smudges. help!

    Quote Originally Posted by dinosaur1 View Post
    What should I spray on the windshield before claying?
    You need to wash the windscreen first - while you're washing the whole car if you like.

    Then you spray QD on the windscreen WHILE you're claying (not before).
    Quote Originally Posted by Blueline View Post
    I own a silver vehicle and a black vehicle owns me. The black one demands attention, washing, detailing, waxing and an occasional dinner out at a nice restaurant. The silver one demands nothing and it looks just fine. I think the black vehicle is taking advantage of me, and the silver car is more my style. We can go out for a drive without her makeup and she looks fine. If I want to take the black one out, it is three or four hours in the "bathroom" to get ready.

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    Re: windshield smudges. help!

    Quote Originally Posted by dinosaur1 View Post
    What else can I instead of uqw or rain X? I just don't prefer adding uqw on the windshield.
    You don't really have to use anything if you keep the car/windscreen clean.

    However, I have waxed my windscreen with NXT before with success. So if you like, you can polish or clay the windscreen (as above) then apply NXT 2.0 or (I dare say) your favourite sealant or wax will work fine.
    Quote Originally Posted by Blueline View Post
    I own a silver vehicle and a black vehicle owns me. The black one demands attention, washing, detailing, waxing and an occasional dinner out at a nice restaurant. The silver one demands nothing and it looks just fine. I think the black vehicle is taking advantage of me, and the silver car is more my style. We can go out for a drive without her makeup and she looks fine. If I want to take the black one out, it is three or four hours in the "bathroom" to get ready.

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    Re: windshield smudges. help!

    I recently have had to replace the windshield and the drivers front window on one of the family vehicles. After the installation, I cleaned both the inner & outer surfaces thoroughly with the D-120 Glass Cleaner and then clayed the outer surfaces to remove contaminants. After inspecting the surfaces in full sunlight for remaining residue and finding none, I treated the outer sides with Aquapel.

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    Is the claybar safe to use on the paint after using it on the windshield?

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