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#1 manawar

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Posted 24 March 2005 - 06:13 PM

whats the best way to safely and easily remove water spots from tinted windows without damaging the tint? ive tryed eagle one but it only works to some extent and still doesnt get them out. what about stoners or a mixture of vinegar? would this be safe for the tint?

#2 JDookie

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Posted 24 March 2005 - 06:19 PM

How do you have water spots on the inside of your windows? If you are referring to bubbles in the tint, or really any defect in the tint at all, I would say all you can do is get them re-tinted. Where did you get it done? Most tint shops have a warranty on their window tint.

#3 manawar

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Posted 24 March 2005 - 10:57 PM

oh, is the tint on the inside or the outside? i thought it was on the outside as they told me not to wash the car for a little while and so im trying to be gentle on it. the spots are on the outside.

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Posted 24 March 2005 - 11:20 PM

AIO it? I tried vinegar soaked shop towels and then clay today on water spots on windows and paint and they didn't do squat. Then I used AIO and a scrubbing MF pad and it took them out. I did work it in quite aggressively so maybe that's what you need to do. If your water spots are on the outside and your tint on the inside then you are fine.

Do they actually tint windows on the outside?
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#5 milky_08

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Posted 25 March 2005 - 12:05 AM

AFAIK, tints are placed on the inside. Then the waterspots should be on the outside. AIO might remove some of it. If not, try using some vinegar, and a scrubbing mf or a 0000 steel wool.

#6 BenP

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Posted 25 March 2005 - 01:05 AM

Aftermarket tints are applied to the inside of the window. OEM tints from the factory is actually tinted glass - hence why it's so expensive to replace one if it gets broken for whatever reason.

The reason you're asked not to wash the car after having tints applied is that the sudden temperature change of hosing the car down with cold water can effect the curing process of the tint on the other side.

If the water spot is on the inside then you shouldn't need a great deal of effort to get it off. I found on my tints that a decent glass cleaner was sufficient (don't use AG Glass Polish though or anything else with ammonia in it). If it's on the outside then try any of the methods that have already been suggested.

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Posted 25 March 2005 - 06:26 AM

Read the instructions and warranty paperwork that comes with your tint job. Most manufacturers of tint DO NOT recommend normal glass cleaners because most contain ammonia which allegedly is bad for the tint film. Additionally most recommend cleaners that contain silicone, so that the tint film remains “slippery" which helps the film resist scratching. Using your normal arsenal of glass cleaners can result in damage to the tint film.
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#8 seracis

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Posted 25 March 2005 - 07:00 AM

Washing the car does not affect tint in any way, no matter how long the tint has been on. I tell people not to clean the inside of the glass for 3 days.

As far as water spots on the glass, a quick pass with a mild polish works great for me, followed by a layer of wax or sealant. I don't put wax on the windshield.

Constantly cleaning with ammonia-based cleaners will cause the innermost layer of the film (the scratch-resistant layer) to dry out and it will start flaking like dandruff. Periodic cleaning with ammonia goods is fine.

Vehicles with factory privacy glass offer no benefits other than a little shade. There is no heat reduction, no UV protection, and in the event of an accident, the glass will shatter and fly everywhere. Aftermarket window film will reduce the heat coming through the glass (it's still going to be hot in your car if it's been sitting outside all afternoon), it will keep out 99%+ of UV rays, and it will keep the glass from cutting you like mad Ginsu salesman in a colllision.

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Posted 03 April 2005 - 12:09 PM

The windows on my 99 SS camaro were so bad when I purchased the car that the glass actually looked very hazy. I mean water spots all over the glass! I used clay bars, vineger, everything I could think of and absolutely nothing even budged them. So I founf Zaino glass polish which is designed to remove water spots and even scratches. Waaa Laaaa now the glass looks better than new. So clean and clear you dont even know the glass is there. Give it a try and you WILL NOT be dissapointed.

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Posted 03 April 2005 - 04:44 PM

Its been my experience with tinted (mylar) windows that using a cleaner that contains ammonia wil cause the tint to turn 'purple'.
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#11 seracis

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Posted 03 April 2005 - 04:58 PM

Ammonia does not contribute to tint turning purple. That's the result of UV rays on the dye. Consistant use of ammonia cleaners will dry out the innermost layer (the scratch-resistant layer). It will start to flake off and look like dandruff.




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