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Windshield Cleaning Basics: More That Cleaning Glass

Learn how windshield cleaning is different from simple window washing with Rick's Camaros.

Some people think washing car windshields is just like cleaning glass at home. Those people must not realize that most buildings don't travel down streets or highways.

Even if your project car goes straight from a garage to a trailer on its way to a show, windshields are made differently in order to handle potential impacts. Additionally, the outsides and insides of windshields get soiled with different types of stains.

Improving windshield visibility usually entails cleaning off bird poop, dead bugs and general grime. But the streaky, filmy gook that leads to a hazy windshield isn't always confined to the outside of the car. Where do you think sneeze and cough gunk goes for happy hour?

In addition to human, um, stuff, the inside of the windshield collects things like dust, oils, and/or smoker's residue. All that grime can impair your ability to see clearly while driving, especially at night.

At Rick's Camaros, we offer a wide variety of Camaro parts and components for restoration projects, and that includes windshields and other glass. Once you have your windshield in good shape, you'll want to keep it clean and clear, whether you take it out only for shows or it is your daily driver. We'll help you learn the best way to clean windshields inside and out, as well as some of the best windshield cleaners. We offer a variety of windshield cleaning tool options to make the job easier, as well.

Before tackling the interior, YouTube car repairman ChrisFix suggests cleaning the exterior first so it's easier to spot the problem inside. With just a few steps, he demonstrates how to clean the inside but notes to avoid this process for rear tints. Here is his best way to clean a windshield inside:


With a dry microfiber towel, wipe down the entire windshield in a circular motion. Follow up by wiping it in an up and down pattern.

If using a magic eraser, saturate it in warm water then wring it out. Clean the glass in a circular motion. Immediately wipe the windshield dry with a clean microfiber towel. This will degrease the glass.

Make it Shine
Spray glass cleaner onto a clean microfiber towel, and then apply it to the windshield in a circular motion. Wipe it again vertically to clear up any streaks or haze.

If you don't have a magic eraser handy, rubbing alcohol can be subbed in instead. For step two, pour some onto the microfiber towel and then rub it on the glass to degrease it. You will still need to use circular motions to buff on, and vertical strokes to polish it off.

Keep in mind that if you're a smoker, you'll constantly need to clean the interior glass. Outgas vapors are also a continual problem, especially when it's hot.

Need more help? Contact our staff of experts today. We've been helping auto enthusiasts and restoration experts like you for decades, and we've learned some of the most effective, efficient ways to keep your windshield clean and in good condition. You'll appreciate our prices and shipping, but you'll really love the customer service we offer.

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