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post #11 of 15 (permalink) Old 04-22-2010, 04:22 PM
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My detail dept. uses steel wool on car windows all the time. We mostly use it for paint overspray but it helps a little with water spots too. Some really bad spots can actualy be faded some but may never come completely out.
I've been looking for something that will take off water spots on my windows. Is the steel wool safe for tinted windows? I think I'm going to try this if its also safe on tinted windows. I don't have really bad water spots but would like to keep on top of it.

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If by tinted, you mean applied film, this is on the inside, and no, don't use steel wool on the film.

If you mean windows with the tint in the glass, go ahead and use the steel wool on the outside of the glass.

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Thanks. No, it is factory tint and I confirmed with my service manager that it is part of the glass and no worries about using the steel wool just make sure I test it out on a small surface first and it is wet before using. He did advise me to use only the finest steel wool that is recommended which would be #0000 from what I've been reading on the forum.
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The grime on the inside of the windows is the plasticizers evaporating from the dashboard.

This is why after many years the dash of most cars starts to crack and warp. The plasticizers evaporate and the remaining polymer starts to cross-link and become hard and brittle.

Polymer - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A little chemistry lesson for you.
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Ultra-Dawn rocks! There is NO better over-the-counter

grease remover. My understanding is that about eight years ago the morons changed the formula, heard the screams of wrenches worldwide, and then re-packaged their original grease-beating blend as "Ultra". They even used it as the self-dissolving lubricant for joining the mammoth sections of The Bay Bridge. Dawn doesn't leave the residual film like all of the 'orange' cleaners (unless no water is available) and using Dawn on a toothbrush (preferably retired) you can scrub your fingernails clean enough to gain entry back into civilization. You may even get a date!
Re the window streaks, appreciate the heads up and gonna' grab some fine steel wool to try to polish a '96's side steaks.
Aside, I just used some McGuiars Rubbing Compound with a 'beijing tools' variable-speed polisher to buff clouded headlights: they look like new, and the Mac' seemed to work better than the goop they market specifically for headlights.
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