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    Default Is there a trick to stop streaking when you use windex on the outside of the windows

    My windows are tinted and windex has ammonia in it so that's why I'm only using it on the outside, In certain light they look streak free but in other light you can see streaking it drives me nuts especially after just washing and detailing my car

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    Default Re: Is there a trick to stop streaking when you use windex on the outside of the wind

    I stopped using windex. the same problem. my windows are tinted and look super sharp when cleaned,but with windex it was impossible to get rid of the streaks, even when wipping in even lines. my 2 solutions are: Mopar glass cleaner. my gf had some left in her car from when she was at the dealership and it comes out in a foam. its AMAZING!!! leave it on for a few seconds and let it foam up than just rub in and off just like windex. super clean shineand i had no streaks. My other suggestion is the lazy way of doing it. when at the car wash after washing the car down, use a shammy and while windows are wet, shammy the water off just like the rest of the car. streak free, but u might not get the shin of a glass cleaner but will save u the time if u dont have any
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    Default Re: Is there a trick to stop streaking when you use windex on the outside of the wind

    I'm sure this has been covered, but ammonia & tint films don't mix. The ammonia will eat the film. Good for the outside glass, just don't use it on the inside.
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    Default Re: Is there a trick to stop streaking when you use windex on the outside of the wind

    Stoners Invisible Glass + microfiber towels. I believe its even fine for tinted windows.
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    Default Re: Is there a trick to stop streaking when you use windex on the outside of the wind

    You could try using a polishing cloth intially to clean the window then spray just a little bit more on the window with windex and follow over it with a Microfiber going across the window about 6 times total.

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    Default Re: Is there a trick to stop streaking when you use windex on the outside of the wind

    One towel for washing and one for dry buffing helps too.

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    Default Re: Is there a trick to stop streaking when you use windex on the outside of the wind

    Worst thing that causes streaks and crap is a dirty micro fiber cloth. Hand wash them only, dont throw them in the laundry as laundry detergent will be the the cause of the streaks. as redlight said, one towel for washing and other for drying works best.
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    Default Re: Is there a trick to stop streaking when you use windex on the outside of the wind

    Meguiars made a "Quik" Glass Cleaner for a while that works AWESOME with a good quality clean microfiber towel. I cannot find it on their website now, so it seems like they may have discontinued it.

    Otherwise, I'll second the recommendation of Stoner Invisible Glass. If you don't have any microfiber, try using newspaper instead. Old pro's trick...works pretty well surprisingly.

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    Default Re: Is there a trick to stop streaking when you use windex on the outside of the wind

    Quote Originally Posted by superunkn0wn View Post
    Meguiars made a "Quik" Glass Cleaner for a while that works AWESOME with a good quality clean microfiber towel. I cannot find it on their website now, so it seems like they may have discontinued it.

    Otherwise, I'll second the recommendation of Stoner Invisible Glass. If you don't have any microfiber, try using newspaper instead. Old pro's trick...works pretty well surprisingly.
    Oh no the Meguiars stuff is no longer made? I have some I just started using and its flipping awesome!

    Stoners is what I've used for the last five years. Works great, cheap, and safe for the tint.
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    Default Re: Is there a trick to stop streaking when you use windex on the outside of the wind

    Agree with superunkn0wn newspaper works best. The ink on the paper acts as a fine polish.

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    Default Re: Is there a trick to stop streaking when you use windex on the outside of the wind

    Quote Originally Posted by superunkn0wn View Post

    try using newspaper instead. Old pro's trick...works pretty well surprisingly.
    Newspaper works great, all I use.

    Also be sure to do the windows in the shade not direct sunlight. I don't know why this makes a difference but it does.

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    Default Re: Is there a trick to stop streaking when you use windex on the outside of the wind

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    Newspaper works great, all I use.

    Also be sure to do the windows in the shade not direct sunlight. I don't know why this makes a difference but it does.
    Because the sun dries the chemicals onto the glass, thus creating streaks.

    That's why its important to use the two towel method. If any chemicals dry to the glass, they get removed with the second dry towel.


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    Default Re: Is there a trick to stop streaking when you use windex on the outside of the wind

    Quote Originally Posted by Redlight View Post

    Because the sun dries the chemicals onto the glass, thus creating streaks.

    That's why its important to use the two towel method. If any chemicals dry to the glass, they get removed with the second dry towel.


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    So does exposure to air though. There must be a time component to it also, they dry very fast in direct sunlight vs. not.

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    Default Re: Is there a trick to stop streaking when you use windex on the outside of the wind

    Quote Originally Posted by SPYDERTUNE View Post
    So does exposure to air though. There must be a time component to it also, they dry very fast in direct sunlight vs. not.

    Alcohol is the flash agent in almost all window cleaners.

    Tint safe window cleaner is comprised of 3 ingredients: Soap, Water, and Alcohol.

    Soap Lubricates, Water is the carrier, and Alcohol is the flash agent that causes it to dry quickly. Alcohol also serves as an oil remover on windows with greasy, hard to cut grime.

    Windex uses ammonia as a cleaner, though I'm not sure what else their formula is mixed with.



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