Have you ever had a streaky or misty windshield and not known what to do with it? If you do not want to have a windshield repair or auto glass repair specialist take a look at it yet, you may try the steps listed here first and see if any of them work for you. A streaky windshield is often caused by things like hard water stains and worn-out windshield wipers, but there may be other factors that can contribute to this problem. For example, acidic precipitate (acid rain) from the city or industrial areas may also leave a misty look to your auto glass that does not wipe off with water or even vinegar solutions. Silicone-based waxes can also leave streaks on your glass.
Now the first thing you want to get clear is that whatever solution you try out should not be applied to the entire windshield off the bat. You want to test the solution on a small, controlled area first to see whether or not it works. One of the first solutions you can try is to take some 000 steel wool and use that to try and remove the haze from a small area of the glass. Remember, of course, that steel wool is basically an abrasive product, even if you do use 000 wool. This means you should not expect your glass to be entirely free of small scratches after cleaning it.
Another thing you can try is to take a buffer and combine it with a light abrasive compound made specifically for auto glass. There are a lot of these buffing solutions now on the market, and you should take care to test them as well on a small area of the glass prior to applying them all over it. If it does work and you want to apply the solution to the entire windshield, remember to use a buffer that is proportionate to the size of the glass: it shall give you a headache to try and clean the whole of the windshield with a small, targeted-use buffer. There are large buffers expressly made for cleaning bigger surfaces, and you should go with one of those if this technique works.
Another remedy you can try is to use a stronger acid-based cleaning product. As mentioned before, damage from acid rain and smog can sometimes cause glass to look misty, in which case you shall need a slightly stronger polishing solution than the ones you have been using. Windshield repair specialists say that consumers should not try just about any product they find, however, and should look only for the most widely trusted ones: a lot of auto glass products may in fact make misty windshields look even worse if you are not careful.
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