I know this is likely the oldest of Chestnuts. But with Chemistry
advancing on all the time, has their been recently any developments with
someone producing a good screen wash?
I thought i had brought a good one, but it just leaves smears and some
kind of film when it dries, however strong i mix it.
I know the Chauffeurs years ago only ever washed and dried their
windscreen with water. But is that still the best way?
I've found using kitchen 'Cleaning Cream' (like Jif) gets rid of London
grease the best I know of, but is this likely causing issues with the
screen wash, even though i rinse it off very thoroughly ?
Thanks for any advice, on screen wash and methods.
On 09/07/2018 12:38, email@example.com wrote:
One of the traditional ways was to use newspaper, first damp and then
dry. The traditional inks helped to shift the greasy urban deposits. The
final polish left a slightly hydrophobic film which helped to disperse
rainwater. But I don't think modern inks are as effective.
I use Sonax 100:1 screenwash in summer (because the bottle is tiny, the
water is in the tap and it seems to be a very effective cleaner (as good
as any other).
In winter I usually keep using the Sonax, but adding it to the cheapest
antifreeze screenwash I can buy.
(Amazon.com product link shortened)
What happened to the concentrated screenwash that Lidl, and once Aldi
used to sell? It came in containers like the Sonax, worked well and was
Now they only seem to do the ready diluted stuff in 5 litre containers.
I have a bad back.
Last night I used what might have been Windolene in an old squirter that
I found in the garage. Did a long trip this morning and didn't notice
the screens or mirrors at all. Unlike yesterday before the clean.
On Mon, 9 Jul 2018 12:23:02 +0100, john west wrote:
What's on the screen? Mashed fly is awful, smears like billyo.
Repeated washes can shift it, apart from the impact marks.Impact
marks really only shift in a steady rain with the wipers on all the
time. Otherwise manually remove them with a *non**scratch* washing
up sponge and water.
Just "traffic film" isn't normally too much of a hassle.
Condition of wiper blades is critical. If they don't wipe well after
cleaning and if a black residue is left on the cleaning cloth/sponge
it's probably worth changing them.
Do you wash the car? If so do you use a car wash with a "wax" option?
The last thing you want on the screen is any form of wax or polish...
Same applies to additives to a pressure washer and home washing.
Washer fluid, I use "Prestone Extreme Visibilty Concentrate" blue
stuff, diluted 1:4 all year. Prestone have buggered about with their
product names and maybe product, I think the above is now yellow and
called "Extreme Performance ScreenWash", still a concentrate rather
than "ready to use" and protects down to -23 C
While I use a 'non-scratch' sponge on windscreens etc, I've seen people
recommend very fine steel wool. I've never tried it on a windscreen, I
bottled it to be honest, but I did try it on a bit of stray glass (from
a scrap Scanner bed). I couldn't see an visible scratches / hazing etc
after a good rub with some soapy water.
Using steel wool with soapy water is part of several 'super windscreen
clean' regimes I've seen in various places- used prior to apply some
special coating - I think 'Windex' or similar, supposedly it helps keep
the windscreen clean (I've not tried it). I am, however, curious re
such coatings as our motorhome lives outside and the windscreen is a
pain in the b*m to clean.
I use one to clean floor to ceiling tiles in my bathroom where the
ceiling is around 9.5' high.
Cheap mops start at around £4 and replacement microfibre cloths to fit
are available fairly cheaply on Ebay.
You can use the mop saturated with water/cleaner and then after saturate
it with just water to rinse off.
Quite. A friend owned a car that had been imported from Kuwait and apart
from the fact that it had no anti-corrosion treatment and fell to pieces
with incredible speed in the UK, the glass had all been "sand blasted". It
was an "interesting" drive at night, since it was like driving round in
a 360 degree "starburst" filter.
Today is Sweetmorn, the 45th day of Confusion in the YOLD 3184
~ Stercus accidit ~
Are you certain your wiper blades are good? All screen cleaners will leave
residue on the parts the wipers move the muck to.
My favourite screen wash is genuine BMW stuff. Mainly because of the
*I'm not as think as you drunk I am.
Dave Plowman firstname.lastname@example.org London SW
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