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Cleaning windshield.. Be careful of static electric!

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by KeithE, Mar 9, 2013.

  1. KeithE

    KeithE Member

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    So I just got my S washed at a brushless car wash and brought her home. I noticed the windshield was still smudged probably from the original manufacturing chemicals on the interior windshield. So I grabbed some windex and a car drying towel. As I began to wipe the interior windshield my led screen started to freak out. The various menus were popping up and car needs service warning came up. This lasted a about 30 seconds and then went away. All seems ok now but was very scary. Thought I might have blown a fuse or circuit. Anyone else experience this? Any suggestions for what to use to clean the windshield? Thx!
     
  2. montgom626

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    Did you wash the 17 inch screen? Was it on? Why was it on? Did you have you key in your pocket?
     
  3. yobigd20

    yobigd20 Well-Known Member

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    Windex contains ammonia which will stain paint and bleach upholstery and leather. I would NEVER let windex get anywhere near my Model S. VERY BAD!
     
  4. mknox

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    Really? I've used Windex for years and never had problems. My now traded in Cadillac had stitched leather dash top and I never noticed any kind of stain or bleaching. I will be more careful now, but do you recommend something other than Windex?
     
  5. montgom626

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    Same here. I mix ammonia with water and use it all the time. I do cover the dash with paper towels to avoid dripping it on the dash. My mixture is so strong I do keep all the doors open for ventilation.
     
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    I posted awhile ago about using a dry cloth to clean the dash and it created crackling static and changed all the shown settings on the screen!
     
  7. montgom626

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    Ahhh, so I will use a damp cloth.
     
  8. bob_p

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    Had a film on the windows after the car was delivered - which proved challenging to remove. Tried the typical solutions to cleaning the windows (window cleaner, RainX, highly diluted dish soap, ...).

    What seems to work the best - at least on my car - use two microfiber cloths, with one slightly damp with water. Wipe the glass with the damp cloth first, then dry with the dry cloth.

    For the touchscreen - I'll bring up the "T" screen and then use a dry microfiber cloth (doubled over) to wipe the fingerprints from the display. The doubled over cloth prevents the screen from detecting a touch - plus the darkened display makes it easier to see most of the fingerprints.
     
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    I had the same freak out happen, but it was while wiping the top of the dashboard. Just a dry microfiber cloth to dust it. Sunroof opened on its own and menus seemed to go all wonky.
     
  11. shokunin

    shokunin P85 & S40

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    I use Meguiars D120 concentrate. Works fine with tint. You do not want to use ammonia based products on your tint. Front windshield is probably fine, but Windex always seems to streak.
     
  12. Mr X

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    windex? all you need is water and towel



    you dont need that other stuff
     
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    I bought a new microfiber cloth and tried to lightly wipe the accumulated dust off the dash. (I did not wet it because that leaves streaks on the new dash, I wanted to keep it looking new as long as I could.) I too heard loud crackling sounds and the display freaked out, rapidly changing menus and launching seat warmers, environmental controls, fans, sunroof - even after I pulled the cloth back in alarm it kept going for a while. My cloth never went near the display. I tried powering off the display and tried it again. I found I could wipe the screen, but when I swiped the dash again the display came back on and freaked out again.

    Lesson learned - dry microfiber cloth anywhere near the dash (top, front) is a no-no. Not sure if making it damp will solve the problem, will have to try that soon. (But I'm not willing to try it until I absolutely have to...)

    Shock
    (How funny that my alias on this site is "Shock", lol)
     
  14. aaronw

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    I stopped using Windex ever since I tinted the windows in my previous car. Perfect Glass (recommended by a local hardware store) works a lot better anyway and doesn't contain ammonia.
     
  15. MrOteece

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    How is it ok that a little static makes the system go haywire? This seems like a design flaw.
     
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    All capacitive touchscreens are vulnerable to static electricity interference. The nature of the touchscreen is to use static electricity to determine touch positions on the screen. It's a really good thing people have noticed this behavior and reported so we can keep in mind and avoid trouble. Perhaps the manuals say more about this, I do not recall.

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    I use these for all computer screens, including the Model S dash screens.

    http://www.costco.com/Wipe-%27n-Clear%C2%AE-Biodegradable-Lens-Wipe%2C-200-Wipes.product.11532286.html?catalogId=10701&keyword=wipe%27n+clear&langId=-1&storeId=10301

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