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#1 kreativ

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Posted 10 January 2002 - 01:22 PM

Rain-X is causing a lot of smearing when I use my blades. What should I use to remove this product?
I am going to get AquaPel instead, and want to make sure Rain-X is completely off before I apply AquaPel.

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Posted 10 January 2002 - 01:28 PM

Wash you winshield with lighter fluid. Put the fluid on and let it dwell for a few minutes to break the silicone bond. Then wash it with an all purpose cleaner like 409 or Fantastic. Flush the winshield with plenty of water and finish up with your favorite glass cleaner.

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Posted 10 January 2002 - 02:51 PM

Fantastic will stain your windows if you don't get it all off. If it does ,some fine steel wool will take the stains off. Maybe they changed the formula ,I am going back 5 years ago when it happened to me.
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Posted 10 January 2002 - 03:00 PM

Don't use steel wool on automotive glass it will scratch or haze the glass. The lighter fluid, Neptha will remove the Rain-X.
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Posted 10 January 2002 - 03:03 PM

So will any glass or plastic polish.
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Posted 10 January 2002 - 04:32 PM

I agree with Andre' don't use steel wool on glass, it can mess it up pretty bad.
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Posted 10 January 2002 - 05:12 PM

Hmm, how long does RainX last on windshields? Maybe I can just wait it out, or apply the Aquapel over it.

#8 High Noon

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Posted 10 January 2002 - 06:01 PM

Sorry,I should have mentioned it wasn't the windshield, it was the side and the steel wool did take out the stains, but back 5 years ago, I would not have been experienced enough to see if it damaged the glass.So I withdraw the steel wool advise.
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#9 Ron Ketcham

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Posted 10 January 2002 - 06:24 PM

DO NOT ATTEMPT TO APPLY AQUA-PEL OVER RAIN-X!!!!!

Just like attempting to apply a quality sealant over an oily polish, it will not bond to the glass!

If you are going to apply the Aqua-Pel on a vehicles glass that has had Rain-X on it, the Rain-X must be cleaned off first!!

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#10 JohnN

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Posted 10 January 2002 - 06:26 PM

How about getting Klasse AIO and SG off?

I was going to use denatured alcohol, since I've got a bunch of it :)

Can't wait to get my hands on some Aquapel...

#11 High Noon

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Posted 10 January 2002 - 07:02 PM

Ron ,

How would you suggest taking rainx off?
Aquapel should be here Friday?
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#12 bigboyhf

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Posted 10 January 2002 - 07:55 PM

I would think that any of the paint cleansing products like Liquid Glass Precleaner or PPCL would remove a sealant from glass, since that is exactly what you would use to get it off the paint.

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Posted 10 January 2002 - 09:20 PM

I've tried various things to remove Rain-X, including isopropyl alcohol, Klasse AIO and Autoglym glass polish.

The Klasse AIO stopped the smearing, but the wipers still chattered slightly

The only thing that completely stopped the smearing and wiper chatter was lighter fluid, as per Ron K's advise in an earlier thread.
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#14 kreativ

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Posted 10 January 2002 - 09:33 PM

Thanks for the knowledgable replies.
Dang, looks like I gotta go out and get some lighter fluid then.
Any other common products that would take RainX off? And I'm assuming lighter fluid won't damage any sort of coating (if at all) that's on automobile glasses to begin with.

I also want to use Aquapel on some cars that got RainX treatment a year or more ago. How long does RainX stay on there for?

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Posted 10 January 2002 - 09:36 PM

Where did you get the AquaPel from? I did a quick google search on it, and didn't turn up any retailers.

#16 kreativ

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Posted 10 January 2002 - 09:40 PM

geekysteve,
HighNoon is the guy to get it from. He's doing a group buy on it, $7.50 for a tube (one-use application that should cover all your windows), and probably a buck or so shipping if you're not getting the MicroFiber towels as well.
Check out the aBay section of this forum for the info.

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Posted 11 January 2002 - 02:08 PM

I have always made a paste of bon-ami and water or comet and water or bar keepers friend and water. You should add just enough water to the powder to make it a paste. Then rub it into the windshield and rinse off. No more rain-x. In fact, this a great once a year cleaning method since it does all but remove the pit marks in my soft German glass.

Just make sure you rinse the glop out of all the cracks.

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#18 BradE

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Posted 11 January 2002 - 02:57 PM

geekysteve

You can also get it from www.speedymetalpolish.com for $9.50/tube.:up
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Posted 11 January 2002 - 06:23 PM

I've heard this product mentioned a few times on this board. What exactly is Bon-Ami and where would I find it?

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Posted 11 January 2002 - 07:36 PM

Originally posted by JohnN
I've heard this product mentioned a few times on this board. What exactly is Bon-Ami and where would I find it?


It is a powder cleaner for around the bathroom or kitchen. You might have heard of Comet or Bartenders friend? I think they are all basically the same. They are a powder and then you use a wet sponge and they become course and gritty. Great for tiles and counter tops. Should be able to find one of the three at the local grocery store in the cleaning aisle. They are packaged in a round can like a small package of Pringles.

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