Windows need serious cleaning help - Fiberglass RV


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Old 09-04-2017, 09:26 PM   #1
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Windows need serious cleaning help

Im wondering if anyone else has had this going on! My windows on my rv have what I originally thought was left over adhesive from old window tint! I now know it is not and keep in mind its a fiberglass trailer weather it matters or not relating to this issue remains to be seen it almost looks like water spots however after taking a muratic acid solution on a sponge carefully on glass only followed by soapy water to neutralize did not even phase it What the heck help glass expert I know your out there what are these white spots on my windows?
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Old 09-04-2017, 10:01 PM   #2
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Is it oxidized fiberglass gelcoat or paint overspray? Not familiar with muriatic acid spot removal, but vinegar is a common hardness remover. If that doesn't work, and your windows are glass, how about some non-scratching cleanser powder and water with a non scratching scrubbing pad.
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Old 09-04-2017, 10:31 PM   #3
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I will try vinegar For sure, pretty sure your right on the oxidation I think the roof has been a little forgotten alittle by previous owners I get it not everyone has scaffolding it makes it easier to maintain the roof/ time to get it any suggestions on a remover compound?
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Old 09-04-2017, 10:42 PM   #5
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I suggest Comet Cleanser, or equivalent. It is an old school powdered cleanser available in supermarkets and big box stores. It is advertised as "non-scratching". Then those kitchen scrubby pad/sponges that also say "non-scratching".

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Old 09-05-2017, 01:29 PM   #6
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Comet contains a mild abrasive, so keep that in mind.

Another substance good on glass is ammonia, Many glass cleaners contain it. More used to. Do not use ammonia around bleach, as they are toxic. Comet or similar scouring powders could contain bleach, so rinse them off first. The fumes from ammonia should be well ventilated.

An old favorite to clean glass is wadded up newspapers with ammonia.
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how about a single edge razor blade?
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Old 09-05-2017, 03:24 PM   #8
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I had what sounds like the same spotting all over my windows, thought it might be from cleaning a lot of stains the trailer got on it with Simple Green. A few weeks back I took a paste of Comet to the windows, rubbed in good and rinsed off well. Then used RainX, also rubbed in good, came out pretty darn good, removed something like 90% of the spotting.

Time will tell how long it lasts.
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Old 09-05-2017, 04:52 PM   #9
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Comet is great but abrasive. I would try gentle cleaners first, especially ones listed for glass. It's a crap shoot when you don't know what you are trying to remove from the surface. My favorites are gel gloss, Krud kutter, Goof Off Pro Strength (Quite nasty but listed for fiberglass and glass) , maybe magic eraster, maybe bar keepers friend ( becareful with that one and read directions, may etch but listed for fiberglass and anodized aluminum if used carefully). Maybe some of the cleaners for glass cook tops.

Also some of the scrubbing bubbles for either bathroom or kitchen might work.

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Test everything inconscipious sport first.
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IF the windows are etched, nothing is going to remove the spots, except an expert glazier that can polish glass, it wouldn't be cheap. You might TRY the liquid/paste used to clean glass-top stoves.
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The guys who clean my windows in my home use liquid dish detergent and a very fine steel wool. They tell me glass is actually porous and dirt adheres to the surface grooves. That's the reason why you can get a haze using plain window sprays. The dirt just gets smeared around on the glass. I've used this method on my cars windshield and it's a miracle! Thank goodness for those pros! Good luck
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The guys who clean my windows in my home use liquid dish detergent and a very fine steel wool. They tell me glass is actually porous and dirt adheres to the surface grooves. That's the reason why you can get a haze using plain window sprays. The dirt just gets smeared around on the glass. I've used this method on my cars windshield and it's a miracle! Thank goodness for those pros! Good luck
Fine steel wool is indeed the correct thing to do. Just adding the additional information that the place to find the superfine steel wool it is in the paint department section of your local hardware store.
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Just adding the additional information that the place to find the superfine steel wool it is in the paint department section of your local hardware store.
Yep. Sold where they sell sandpaper usually. Get the 0000 (we call it "4 aught").

By the way, it does a great job on wood. I lacquered some cabinetry and doors awhile back that turned out to be a bit too shiny for my liking. Gave them the once over with 0000 steel wool and now the finish is an even satin. On a harder surface like glass, the effect is only to clean.
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