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Old 04-18-2015, 10:48 PM   #1
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Glass plus and Windex do or dont

Ho all, when I clean my windshield at a gas station or campground. I use mix of windex or glass plus with water and wash with my sqweegee. I use the same mixture to clean the rest of front of the coach to clean the bugs and dirts. Is this process harmful to the paint of the MH?

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Old 04-19-2015, 08:59 AM   #2
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Can I use Windex® Outdoor Glass and Patio Cleaner on my vehicle? Windex® Outdoor Glass and Patio Cleaner is not recommended for automobiles.
Can I use Windex® on my vehicle windows? Yes, but it is best to clean automobile windows with Windex® cleaners when the surface is cool and out of direct sunlight whenever possible. You can use it on glass, chrome, stainless steel, plastic, and vinyl surfaces. You should avoid painted surfaces. On tinted windows, test in an inconspicuous spot first, since there are different qualities of tint.
Are there surfaces I can't use Windex® Wipes on? We don't recommend using Windex® Wipes on wood, cooking utensils, plates, glasses, or upholstery. Also, you should never use Windex® Wipes for personal hygiene or as baby wipes.

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Old 04-19-2015, 09:15 AM   #3
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There are so many flavors of those products these days, it's hard to give a single answer. Multi-surface, Windex+vinegar, Original, etc.

My suggestion would be to use either a "rinseless" or "waterless" car wash product instead. That way you now it is designed for the job. Rinseless products are mixed with water but don't need to be hosed down to remove soap after. Waterless is usually a spray that you wipe with a microfiber cloth. A solution of 10% white vinegar and water in a spray bottle is a simple DIY waterless wash.

I use a rinseless wash (Protect All Wash or Turtlewax Rinseless) for my front end and the vinegar + water solution for general clean-up on the sidewalls.
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Old 04-19-2015, 11:45 AM   #4
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I use a good carnauba car wax on the winshield. It acts like a release agent for all the stickies to the winshield and makes it much easier to clean. Also has the added benefit of beading water in the rain, minimizing wiper use.
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Old 04-19-2015, 01:16 PM   #5
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Using Windex

Personally I would not. I've always been concerned about the long term effects it might have on the diamond shield or 3M protective film under all that glass. Every window tint installer I've talked to recommended not using Windex on the film...I know it's not the same stuff, but both are some form of plastic. So I don't take any chances.

I use Gel-Glow, a heavy duty RV wash and wax fortified with carnuba wax with streak free success and no apparent damage to the 3M. A cap full of it per gallon of water, along with my trusty soft scrubber/squeegee does the trick.

What I want to know is, how come that windshield got bigger every time I cleaned it??
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