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Top tip for those recently taken delivery, esp in this rain

NorfolkMustard

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Get some traffic film and wax remover for the windscreen. Remove all the wax and “quick detailer” they applied to make it look good for the handover

In the bad rain last night, driving in the dark with the rain lashing down, headlights dazzling from oncoming traffic. The smeared windscreen was bloody terrible for visibility.

got some glass polish ( autoglym Car Glass Polish ) and whacked it on at lunchtime today. Wait for it to dry and buff it off

soooo much better visibility in the rain now, highly recommended.
 

Roy W.

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Get some traffic film and wax remover for the windscreen. Remove all the wax and “quick detailer” they applied to make it look good for the handover

In the bad rain last night, driving in the dark with the rain lashing down, headlights dazzling from oncoming traffic. The smeared windscreen was bloody terrible for visibility.

got some glass polish ( autoglym Car Glass Polish ) and whacked it on at lunchtime today. Wait for it to dry and buff it off

soooo much better visibility in the rain now, highly recommended.
I’d recommend you do the inside of the windscreen too. When I got home I could see the outlines of various delivery stickers that had been peeled off the inside of the windscreen... They really don’t do a very good PDI!
 

Mr Miserable

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I’d recommend you do the inside of the windscreen too. When I got home I could see the outlines of various delivery stickers that had been peeled off the inside of the windscreen... They really don’t do a very good PDI!

I second this.
I cleaned the outside but realised that the problem was on the inside. Made a huge difference.
 

adsheff

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Yeah mine had smears and blobs of wax on various places on the car, it just rubs off though.

I read somewhere that Tesla says don't put rain repellent things on the windscreen as it can interfere with the cameras for autopilot etc. So maybe best just stick to elbow grease!
 

phillcom3

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I’d recommend you do the inside of the windscreen too. When I got home I could see the outlines of various delivery stickers that had been peeled off the inside of the windscreen... They really don’t do a very good PDI!


Roy is that an actual polish such as like what CIF lemon would be? if you ever used rainx it tells you to clean the screen with that to remove anything and everything then clean the screen with a normal car windscreen cleaner and or soapy water then apply the rainx. I noticed it removed the film and build up of previous rainx applications I was wondering if the autoglym is basically the same? and this wasting my money on getting that vs what I know works
 

phillcom3

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Yeah mine had smears and blobs of wax on various places on the car, it just rubs off though.

I read somewhere that Tesla says don't put rain repellent things on the windscreen as it can interfere with the cameras for autopilot etc. So maybe best just stick to elbow grease!
or don't put on and around the cameras....I think what it does do is interfere with the snesors for windscreen wipers as I noticed that happening with my rain sensor on the old xtrail(if 1 yo is old...).
 
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Roy W.

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Roy is that an actual polish such as like what CIF lemon would be? if you ever used rainx it tells you to clean the screen with that to remove anything and everything then clean the screen with a normal car windscreen cleaner and or soapy water then apply the rainx. I noticed it removed the film and build up of previous rainx applications I was wondering if the autoglym is basically the same? and this wasting my money on getting that vs what I know works
The Autoglym car glass polish is a true polish. You wipe it on with a cloth, let it dry for a few minutes, then wipe it off. The only drawback is that when you wipe it off you can get a little powdery residue on the cloth, so I put an old towel over the top of the dash to stop any falling onto the black top of the dash. You might not be old enough to remember, but it reminds me of the old original Windolene, the pink stuff in a bottle. Ask your mum or gran about it! But it really does a great job of cleaning the glass. I’ve used it for several years now.

My screen was such a mess that before I used the Autoglym I cleaned the glass with soapy water, and then after drying I wiped it over with IPA, as there were some quite stubborn greasy marks.

I’m currently researching to buy a hydrophobic glass coating. I think there are now much more advanced products than RainX. The main problem is water resting on the rear window, where I think a coating would help. That’s always the problem with having no rear wiper.
 

davidmc

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The Autoglym car glass polish is a true polish. You wipe it on with a cloth, let it dry for a few minutes, then wipe it off. The only drawback is that when you wipe it off you can get a little powdery residue on the cloth, so I put an old towel over the top of the dash to stop any falling onto the black top of the dash. You might not be old enough to remember, but it reminds me of the old original Windolene, the pink stuff in a bottle. Ask your mum or gran about it! But it really does a great job of cleaning the glass. I’ve used it for several years now.

My screen was such a mess that before I used the Autoglym I cleaned the glass with soapy water, and then after drying I wiped it over with IPA, as there were some quite stubborn greasy marks.

I’m currently researching to buy a hydrophobic glass coating. I think there are now much more advanced products than RainX. The main problem is water resting on the rear window, where I think a coating would help. That’s always the problem with having no rear wiper.
This seems a good coating for glass:

Gtechniq - G1 Glass Sealant Kit
 

JCremonini

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There is a pretty good detailing forum in detailingworld.co.uk in case you guys want to get seriously into the subject ( and be tempted to spend lots of money on DA polishers and the like... )

Cleanyourcar.co.uk is a decent place to buy stuff from.
 

Tony Hoyle

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Odd, mine was fine, no smearing.. depends on whether the guy doing the PDI is paying attention I guess. There's what may be sticker residue - on the back window no matter how much I clean it there's two rectangular areas each side that don't retain water - but it's otherwise invisible.

I had a go of rainx.. didn't seem to help (in fact it made things worse, water stuck to the window instead of running off) so removed it and tried a 50/50 test on one of the side windows - one half cleaned with normal glass cleaner, one cleaned with rainx. Next rain shower, no appreciable difference.. so IMO not worth the money.

I'm told aquapel is the stuff to get but it's pretty expensive and hard to get, and I'd want a sampler to test it first.
 
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davidmc

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Is it safe? Why would you need to call emergency response! :confused:

Safe.jpg
 
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