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Old 09-27-2010, 05:43 PM
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Default How do I remove rain-x film from windshield?

Looks like my windshield has a film of dirt on it but it only shows up when it's raining and my wipers go over it.. I've googled enough to figure out it's a silicone film that comes from rain-x but I haven't been able to find a definite answer as to how to remove it..

Does anyone else have this problem/know how to clean it off?
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I found this, read carefully, NO abrasives

http://www.ehow.com/how_5063279_remove-rain-x.html
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Try using vinegar and a lint free cloth (vinegar is a light acid). Spray it on and let sit 1 or 2 min, use use the cloth to clean the wipers as well. Careful not to get it in the paint cause it will remove the wax.
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If you do not have tint, you can use 0000 steel wool and a window cleaner.

You can also try Isopropyl Alcohol [rubbing alcohol].

I use Stoners Invisible Glass + Rain Repellant. Basically does what Rain-X does, but it just sprays on, cleans the windows, and protects them. No film.
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Try using vinegar and a lint free cloth (vinegar is a light acid). Spray it on and let sit 1 or 2 min, use use the cloth to clean the wipers as well. Careful not to get it in the paint cause it will remove the wax.
From what I've read anything that will remove this rain-x coating on the windshield is gonna also remove the wax on my truck if I get it on the paint.. so would dawn dishwashing liquid be just as sketchy or even more dangerous than all the other methods of removing? (.. i have the dishwashing liquid handy already)
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If you do not have tint, you can use 0000 steel wool and a window cleaner.

You can also try Isopropyl Alcohol [rubbing alcohol].

I use Stoners Invisible Glass + Rain Repellant. Basically does what Rain-X does, but it just sprays on, cleans the windows, and protects them. No film.
Will that Invisible Glass stuff remove the coating by itself? Says it removes grease and everything. Or do I need something stronger?
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I was gonna say Vinegar or Alcohol..
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From what I've read anything that will remove this rain-x coating on the windshield is gonna also remove the wax on my truck if I get it on the paint.. so would dawn dishwashing liquid be just as sketchy or even more dangerous than all the other methods of removing? (.. i have the dishwashing liquid handy already)


Will that Invisible Glass stuff remove the coating by itself? Says it removes grease and everything. Or do I need something stronger?
I use the SIG all the time with great results. I have not tested it on windshield films though. Yes anything you use on the glass [rubbing alcohol, SIG, dawn, etc] will remove the wax as well. I would get the invisible glass, and even if it doesn't remove it initially, it will be a great investment in glass cleaning
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Alright I just used "Invisible Glass" cleaner all by itself yesterday (2 coatings. spray on, sit for a few, wipe off) and it seems to have cleared most of it off. It rained again today and I can't really see any more spots of gunk like I used too when the wipers go over it.

There's still a small amount of film left but it might be from the wiper blades because I forgot to wipe those off. When I wash my truck this weekend after the rain stops I'll be sure to wipe down the windows a few more times with Invisible Glass.. so for anyone wondering the same thing on how to get rain-x off.. the stuff seems to work.
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Alright I just used "Invisible Glass" cleaner all by itself yesterday (2 coatings. spray on, sit for a few, wipe off) and it seems to have cleared most of it off. It rained again today and I can't really see any more spots of gunk like I used too when the wipers go over it.

There's still a small amount of film left but it might be from the wiper blades because I forgot to wipe those off. When I wash my truck this weekend after the rain stops I'll be sure to wipe down the windows a few more times with Invisible Glass.. so for anyone wondering the same thing on how to get rain-x off.. the stuff seems to work.
I have found SIG to clean very well and I'm not surprised it worked. Like you did, foam the window and let it sit for a minute, and go back and wipe it all off. After I wipe the cleaner off, I take a seperate dry towel and buff the windshield. It takes an additional 30 seconds, but will ensure all of the residue is removed from the cleaner. Works great on the inside and out
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