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Old 04-24-2011, 08:23 PM
 
Location: NY, NY
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Default Windshield streaks

Tonight I was driving in the rain, and I found it quite difficult to see out of my windshield due to terrible streaking from the wipers. It's been like this for a while. I've tried cleaning the blades themselves with a damp cloth, but it continues. Would using RainX help? How would I clean the windshield first, before using the RainX, (Windex doesn't seem to help)?
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Old 04-24-2011, 09:02 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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Replace wiperblades
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Old 04-24-2011, 09:07 PM
 
Location: God's Gift to Mankind for flying anything
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Replace wiperblades
AND ... give the windshield a very good cleaning, with a good grease cutting soap.

Carwashes that *wax* your car are murder on windshields.
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Old 04-24-2011, 11:12 PM
 
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The best thing to clean glass is plain ammonia (not the sudsy kind) Clean the glass and replace the wiper blades. Dont get the cheaper ones because they can make noise.
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Old 04-24-2011, 11:48 PM
 
Location: The occupied Southland
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Use rubbing alcohol on a paper towel and scrub, scrub your wiper blades. I do mine every other week and haven't bought wiper blades in over two years.

Find the finest steel wool you can get, 000 I think. Soak it with w/w solvent and scrub that windshield. You will amaze yourself!
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Old 04-25-2011, 01:28 AM
 
Location: Columbia, California
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Ok. Myself I would never use steel wool on a glass windshield. It only takes a simple cloth, alcohol and very little scrubbing to clean off a windshield.
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Old 04-25-2011, 03:01 AM
 
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Replace wiperblades

Every six months in adverse climate, every year no matter where.
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Old 04-25-2011, 06:50 AM
 
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Replace the blades. Depending on how bad the windshield is you might want to consider having it professionally cleaned. If it's not too bad then clean the wiper blades with rubbing alcohol until there is no more black stuff coming off. Next get a soft plastic brush like you would use on dishes. Pour alcohol on the windshield and start scrubbing. Once you think you're done hose off the windshield and you're done.

Rain-X Only seems to work for a very short period of time. I've used it off and on and it does work but needs to be re-applied every couple of weeks. I'd only recommend it during the rainy season.
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Old 04-25-2011, 06:55 AM
 
Location: Ohio
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If you put on RainX on your windshield, you will forget your wipers ...
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Old 04-25-2011, 12:47 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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Every six months in adverse climate, every year no matter where.
In Norway they actually advice changing them 4 times a year (which, no one does of course) because of the winter driving conditions (salted roads, lots of grime and muck).

I used to replace mine just before the beginning of the winter season, then again when they began streaking, usually a little over mid way true the season, and then again in spring.

Surprisingly, I found that the cheapest blades I could find lasted longer and was nicer on my windshield than the expensive brands, going to have to do some research over here though, as the brands are different.
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