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Cleaning the Glass from the Factory

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by newdev, Aug 14, 2018.

  1. newdev

    newdev Member

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    So I received my Model 3 about 2 weeks ago and like the Model S, I got in 2014, the windshield wipers chatter because the glass from the factory is dirty as is the entire roof glass. I have cleaned some of the windshield with a glass polish and that has fixed the chatter but it is not perfect and the roof needs cleaning badly; what is everyone finding works the best??

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  2. MyJoule

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    Try using a clay bar and clay bar lube followed with a good glass cleaner. The Clay bar and lube will pull out the grime and the glass cleaner will remove the remaining lube - I've done it on my cars successfully many times.
     
  3. newdev

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    Thanks, tried the clay bar and it worked a bit but definitely did not do the full job.
     
  4. Daniellane

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    I have been using Rain-X 2-in-1 Glass Cleaner and Rain Repellant exclusively on all glass surfaces of our Model 3 and our Model S.
    I frequently park in a lot with huge trees nearby that seem to rain down a fine mist of sap. Using this product habitualy on all glass surfaces both prevents it from aggressively adhering and gently removes deposits. Keeps my windshield smooth and keeps the wipers gliding quietly across the glass.
    I had tried it in the past on glass I had treated with Rain-X Coating and I was not pleased with the combination. (Smeary)
    But the results I get using the glass cleaner alone are great.
    One thing I would caution. On my Model S, it makes the All Glass Roof so slick that a pape cup of coffee will not stay put. Slides right off.
    Rain-X 5071268 2-in-1 Glass Cleaner and Rain Repellant - 23 oz., 2- Pack https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JH0KEDW/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_wTZCBbGF42P79
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  5. Darscot

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    I have a minor issue that really tweeks my OCD. My rear piece of glass has a two large fingerprints on the inside by the brake light. I'm actually considering trying to take the light assembly apart and see if I can get at the glass. Everytime I wash the car I see those two finger prints and there is nothing I can do to wipe them off.

    I did rain X the windshield, roof and rear glass. I don't know how people drive cars without it.
     
  6. newdev

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    I definitely Like RainX..Have been using it since the 1980's ouch.. I'm old.. but I have not found it to work as a good cleaner.
    Thanks
     
  7. SSedan

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    Bar Keeper's friend powder is worth a look, dirt cheap too.
     
  8. TheLocNar

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    Invisible Glass is also good.
     
  9. LoL Rick

    LoL Rick Like Buttah

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    Mine had some sort of residue on the roof and rear glass that caused weird water beading and felt tacky to the touch. I tried several solutions in this thread and none of them had any effect at all. But this stuff actually worked. A couple hours with the water spot remover and an orbital polisher, and the glass is now perfect.
    Meguiar's® Water Spot Remover, A3714, 14 oz., Liquid | Meguiar's
     
  10. burnside

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    I had hard water spots all over my SUV moonroof years ago. Just had a baby at the time so those spots stuck on for weeks before I could tackle them. I went to a nearby auto store and picked up No Touch Auto Glass Stripper. With some elbow grease I got every water spot off. Been using the product ever since.

    Then I picked up my Model 3 last week and noticed some hard grime on the glass roof. Got my Auto Glass Stripper out of the cabinet and went to work. Used a microfiber towel and took off the grime in a matter of minutes. Here's a link:

    https://www.amazon.com/No-Touch-Auto-Glass-Stripper/dp/B000COBXFU

    Good luck!
     
  11. PoitNarf

    PoitNarf The Clown Prince of Crime

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    Polish the glass with 0000 steel wool (seriously) followed by Stoner’s Invisible Glass. I could not believe how clean my windows were afterwards.

     
  12. SDKoala

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    This. Slurry of Bar Keepers Friend (or Bon Ami) on the glass, rubbing alcohol on the blades. There's frequently an invisible residue on factory glass that causes the chatter.
     
  13. cab

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    I've used Meguiar's Cleaner Wax to get rid of residue. The "cleaner" in the wax cuts through that grime. After I buff the wax off, I clean the glass with Invisible Glass cleaner (mostly just to remove the wax).
     
  14. RedModel3

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    I hate to tell you, but it's not really sap...

    Honeydew (secretion) - Wikipedia
     
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    Interesting, I wonder if this is actually sap though since it has a distinctly strong pine odor and sometimes lands in a really large thick globs as well.
    Although there is a variety of trees at the golf course parking lot, I believe it’s coming from the evergreens.
    There’s a few images of where I typically park. The Tesla owner’s tend to “flock together”

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  17. Glamisduner

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    I recently used 50/50 alcohol RO water blend to clean my cars windshield, then cleaned with invisible glass and newspaper. Worked great.
     

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