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post #1 of 9 Old April 28th, 2014, 08:23 PM Thread Starter
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Hard water stains on windows?

Hey all, I've never posted in here before but I hope I can get some help on this. The car isn't a mustang, rather a gto, but I've noticed that on the window glass (all the way around the car) there appears to be what looks like hard water stains.

Now, I'm not a master detailer, more so entry level, and I had the same exact stains on my paint that I have since buffed out. I think it's got to do with the fact that the car was owned by an elderly man previously and he took it through the car wash (non-touch less) every time it needed to be washed. I'm just at a loss as to how to remove the streaks from the windows. Any input?

Also since I'm here, the wheels also have light streaks on them, which I believe came from me leaving a wheel cleaning chemical on the surface too long. Any ideas on how to remove that as well?

Thanks for any input you can give me in advance!
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post #2 of 9 Old April 28th, 2014, 08:35 PM
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Hard water stains on glass can be buffed out just like paint. Some compound on a cutting pad will take it right off. As for streaks it's all about technique and having good quality microfiber towels.
You need two towels, one cleaning towel and one drying towel. All products are going to streak on glass and paint, that's a given, the trick is having the second DRY microfiber towel to lightly buff away those streaks. Make sure you're not over using product, one or two sprays will do half a windshield, so you're cleaning towel shouldn't be soaking wet. Here's a video that might help out.

Car Glass: Cleaning and Polishing -- /DRIVE CLEAN: http://youtu.be/aVUtdlzrktI

On the wheels if they are painted or clearcoated or both then you can use some paint compound or polish on a microfiber and see if that remedies the chemical stains on the wheels. If they are bare metal then metal polish should clean them up well. Hope that helps!

Edit: the razor technique he uses really is only needed on extremely neglected glass. I scratched up my glass trying that method improperly.
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I've used chrome cleaner on glass to remove water spots with good results.


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Thanks for the variety of responses guys! I think I'm gonna try each option and see which works the best

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Compound on machine works best- let me save you the trouble lol.


A cutting foam pad and some compound ill clean it up super quick.


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Have to agree w/ Modded. Use the most aggressive you have. As for the wheels it really depends on what kind of finish you have. Need a little more info and we will help you out.

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Compound on machine works best- let me save you the trouble lol.


A cutting foam pad and some compound ill clean it up super quick.
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Have to agree w/ Modded. Use the most aggressive you have. As for the wheels it really depends on what kind of finish you have. Need a little more info and we will help you out.
Ah alright. I'll get some aggressive compound then. Thanks guys!

As for the wheels, they're just the stock wheels. They're aluminum and I'm assuming they have a clear coat on them from the factory?
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Ah alright. I'll get some aggressive compound then. Thanks guys!

As for the wheels, they're just the stock wheels. They're aluminum and I'm assuming they have a clear coat on them from the factory?
Easy way to test- get some aluminium polish (mothers OTC is decent) and use a light colored MF towel to rub some onto your wheel, if it turns grey/black, your wheels are bare aluminium, if it doesnt, they are most likely cleared.


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