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glyndawn

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Please can someone help im struggling to clean the windows on my Eclass ive tryd various glass cleaners various cloths and i aways end up with very sharp looking smears all over
I really struggle on the back glass with there being little room 😀

Whats best method or product for the job
 
Please can someone help im struggling to clean the windows on my Eclass ive tryd various glass cleaners various cloths and i aways end up with very sharp looking smears all over
I really struggle on the back glass with there being little room 😀

Whats best method or product for the job
I swear by Autoglym Fast Glass but last week had a revelation in terms of cloths. I impulse bought a Minky Glass Cloth from Sainsburys of all places and it is amazing. You can literally use it just with water and no smears at all. It has a very grabby kind of feel -apparently it has some super fine fibres, but i swear it uses some form of witchcraft. No doubt the best £3.50 ive ever spent on the/any car!
 
Do you use it to dry or apply the fast glass
 
Do you use it to dry or apply the fast glass
I tend to spray just a smidgen on the cloth. Someone gave the tip once to always spray on the cloth, not the glass and it does seem to work better that way.
 
I'll try the Sainsburys idea because trying to get smear-free glass is giving me a pain, not just for cars but for house windows. I tried a scouring pad before using a cleaner, a mix of proprietary cleaner + some lemon + methylated spirt, spectacle cleaner ( ex opticians) then the old chauffeurs trick ( the trick is old not the chauffeurs ! ) of old newspapers. None work 100%.
 
I use Autoglym Car Class Polish. It's quite chalky so I assume it absorbs grease etc but don't use much or it can end up all over the dash (if doing the inside of the windscreen) .

I tend to use microfibre cloths now as I got a big pack from Costco, but used to use old tea-towels - if they're washed then don't use fabric conditioner.
 
I’ve seen the detailing guys use things like these:


Seems to make sense, I guess the even pressure applied probably helps to reduce the streaks/smears etc.

Wash your microfibres without softener, as that will just smear grease onto the glass.
 
I used, for the first time, auto finesse glass cleaner on my recently acquired Eclass. The glass roof looked as if it had never had glass cleaner on it and it polished up great. Seems to have some sort of spirit in it that cuts the grease easily.
 
I’ve seen the detailing guys use things like these:


Seems to make sense, I guess the even pressure applied probably helps to reduce the streaks/smears etc.

Wash your microfibres without softener, as that will just smear grease onto the glass.
Thanks buddy, I just placed an order 👍
 
I swear by Autoglym Fast Glass but last week had a revelation in terms of cloths. I impulse bought a Minky Glass Cloth from Sainsburys of all places and it is amazing. You can literally use it just with water and no smears at all. It has a very grabby kind of feel -apparently it has some super fine fibres, but i swear it uses some form of witchcraft. No doubt the best £3.50 ive ever spent on the/any car!
Thanks buddy, I'll get the Mrs to pick some up. Smearing is a problem, glad OP raised this topic. 🫡
 
Actually ALDI's own glass cleaner is very good, but can haze back within a couple of weeks. I now use GTechniq glass cleaner. It is expensive, but on my Estate I reckon you'll likely only use four full trigger squirts as a little goes a very long way to do the whole car inside and out. Assuming no other dirt causes (fingers prints or dog nose!) then it will take a good 6 weeks to haze over on the inside of the windscreen and this can easily be sorted with a wipe over with a dry microfibre. Works very well with literally a tiny drop on the exterior glass which I have coated with GTechniq ceramica glass coating.
 
The one thing I'd add is that products like RainX Rain Repellent (or 2 in 1) can add a protective coat AFTER you've cleaned the external glass, throwing off water and related muck and keeping the external glass clean. Rain just beads off the glass, so that you hardly need the windscreen wipers for a few weeks. I tend to use it during Autumn and Winter

(For cleaning, I've always used Autoglym Fast glass or something similar, polishing off the residues with simple kitchen towel)

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I tried Astonish recently and was really impressed. Cost around £1 so brilliant value too! Just noticed that it is also "vegan" o_O
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Well they say put your money where your mouth is….so I stocked up on Minky cloths! Currently £2 at Sainsbury’s!
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