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White vinegar on windscreen? Cleaning it?
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Old 02-03-2007, 11:04 AM
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Default White vinegar on windscreen? Cleaning it?

I bought a car 3 weeks ago, and ever since, the windscreen seems to steam up a little all the time unless you have the demister on the screen all the time. I was annoyed at it, and went to wipr it with my sleeve last night, but it smeared, so I'm thinking there's something on there causing it.

I have cleaned the windscreen twice now with glass cleaners, but it's still there. I was thinking of using white vinegar on it to see if that shifts it?
Can I do this? Will I have to dilute it at all??

Any other tips?
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Old 02-03-2007, 11:19 AM
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Hi

The best way to solve it is a product called "Rain-X" they do a glass cleaner and a anti mist/fog product ... really does what it says on the bottle :-) Cover your dash with a sheet though as the cleaner liquid but similar to the old pink "windolene" drys to a powder and then you rub it off.
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Old 02-03-2007, 11:23 AM
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I was thinking of using white vinegar on it to see if that shifts it?
Yes that's a known way to clean windscreen wipers & stop smearing.
Wipe wipers with vinegar, then spray your washers to clean windscreen.

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Old 02-03-2007, 11:34 AM
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It's on the inside of the windscreen, just to make that clear lol.
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Old 02-03-2007, 11:51 AM
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sounds like it may have a water leak ...no car should need the demister on 24/7

not a ford is it?
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Old 02-03-2007, 12:36 PM
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sounds like it may have a water leak ...no car should need the demister on 24/7

not a ford is it?
No a Renault lol. No, I don't think it's condensation, it's some greasy king of film. The screen de-mists in the morning, but then theres this foggy mist that seems to linger?!?! Dunno.

I am going to try cleaning it at lunchtime, will see if it helps it.
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Old 02-03-2007, 12:57 PM
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Sometimes people rub washing up liquid on the inside of the glass to stop it misting up,could it be this?it should be rubbed well in to be effective and if not leaves a greasy residue.

The best thing to clean glass for no cost and this really does work,is wet it with a rag then rub it over with newspaper,the local paper is ideal.The dye off the print gets rid of all the dirt,i get beter results doing this than using glass cleaner!!I do the car,house and all my mirrors at home like this and have done for years.
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Old 02-03-2007, 1:32 PM
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Well, just spent twenty minutes cleaning the screen with white vinegar, as that's all I have to hand at work. When cleaning it, you can clearly see a 'residue' on the glass, that doesn't seem to want to budge. Scrubbed though, and all the mist has gone and looks very clean now. Just hope it's done the job, or will try the newspaper suggestion.

Hands smell lovely now and I found a chip in the windscreen which was hidden from my view by the mirror, that has started to crack :rolleyes: .

Best get it seen to tomorrow, hope they can do something with it.
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Old 02-03-2007, 4:40 PM
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try autoglym glass polish...it has a mild cut to it and should cut through the grime
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Old 02-03-2007, 4:51 PM
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try the old original windolene cleaner (pink stuff in a bottle) it's highly recommended. Use it with a clean cloth it also removes any traces of silicon which causes sqeecky wipers
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I had a car with a smeary windscreen once; the person who'd owned it before me had smoked in it. Ciggies leave film all over the car - I think it's tar residue.

I used vinegar on mine, cleaned up first time.
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Old 02-03-2007, 5:25 PM
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The first thing I tried was AG Glass polish. No luck.
Then I tried some window foam stuff we had, no luck.
The vinegar seemed to have done the job, but until I drive it home I won't know for sure.
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Old 02-03-2007, 6:41 PM
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Try some white toothpaste - not the jel stuff !
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Well it worked. Car smells of vinegar, but it worked lol.
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I found a chip
Did you put vinegar on it?
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Did you put vinegar on it?
lol
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It's a renault? Check passenger footwell for engine coolant................
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If it starts misting up again quickly, you may have a coolant leak.
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Check your ventilation system isn't set to 'recirculate' although as the q was asked 14 months ago I guess you probably worked out the problem by now.
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Default Windscreen problems?

Use SWARFEGA, its what mechanics use to remove the grease from their hands, its brilliant for windscreens too.
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