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Old 12-07-2010
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All but one of our windows were covered with marks that looked like watermarks. They weren't real bad, but bothersome. Nothing, acetone, Lime-Away, vinegar, razor blade, would remove them. Concluded it might be results from acid rain. A very sharp guy at the NAPA paint store in Clearwater suggested (unofficially) I try buffing that worked for him.

I bought their "Micro Buffing/Polishing Starter Kit" and 3M Perfect-It Rubbing Compound #1. It took about 1 1/2 hours per window, but WOW ! The windows look like new glass. Really sparkle. And the rings are gone. Some windows I had to do twice, but worth it.

They also sell finer #2 and #3 Polishing Compounds, but they weren't necessary.

If you have this problem, try it. Might work for you.
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We use 0000 steel wool. It won't scratch glass, and its good at removing hard water spots. This is unofficial too ... don't just grab any ole steel wool or you will be replacing glass. You can also try Weiman glass cook top cleaner, which is essentially a mild compound with cerama bryte cleaning pads. Scotch Brite makes a similar version too. After you've busted your butt getting them off ... treat the windows with rain X.

The vinegar thing, well ... that's really never worked very well for me ... and it stinks. I have buffed a lot of glass, ceramic, and porcelain with great results, however .. like magic ... in time, the water spots will return, especially if your sitting outside all the time. The hardness of the water in your area doesn't help maters either. As always, when trying a product, start out in an inconspicuous area to make sure not not doing any damage.

DANG I have spots on mine right now .... wheres Orrene .. I need to get her on this! yea right.
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Old 12-08-2010
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Penninsula Glass recommends A-MAZ applied with a porter cable 7424 orbital buffer and a white pad. Be sure to mask off your anodized aluminum window frames.
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OK,heres a new thing i just heard about for taking water spots off glass.
And I have some here that i'm going to try for myself.
Another bird owner swears this will work!
Wash yorur windows,and then take A.C. coil cleaner and put it on a rag,rub the water spots and they go away.
Just don't get the coil cleaner on your paint.
My buddy says its amazing.
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I don't remember the name of the stuff, but the gentleman selling the wheel cleaning stuff at RATS had some stuff he swore would remove the spots from glass or money back. I did not have time to try it before the 'Bird went into winter hiding. A next spring project. I have had trucker friends suggest the light weight rubbing compound on a wheel. Again, that is further down the list of things to do.
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Randy's post sounds like the least effort. Let us know how it turns out, Randy.
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The 0000 steel wool is what i have used it works great on chrome too. I got this tip from from a locale hot rod painter. Don't be surprised to need a new piece every couple of windows depending on how bad they are. Do not use on paint,aluminum or powder coat. I use it when washing my bird or any other car just soapy water and rinse.
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I used a recommended product called Bio-Clean WRS1, Water spot remover. Works great. Cleans shower doors too. Lots of elbow grease, but worth it.

Rain X treatment sounds like a good way to finish the job.

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Question for you guys using the 0000 steel wool... Do you use it dry or lubricated with what? Thanks.
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Question for you guys using the 0000 steel wool... Do you use it dry or lubricated with what? Thanks.
Dry works good for me Rich. Removes bug juices on the windshield really well too.
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