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Old 04-29-2012, 03:49 PM   #1
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Bad water etching on windows - pics and my solution

I figured I'd put the solution I found for really bad water etching on the windows, in case somebody else is in the same situation.

Whatever the previous owner did just ruined the glass.

So after a couple hours and a lot of elbow grease, it's not perfect but incredibly better that what it was...

I tried all sorts of stuff I found on the internet, automotive glass cleaner, windex, scratch remover, clay bar...nothing...so I figured I'd go for broke...#0000 steel wool and turtle wax rubbing compound I already had in the garage...

so here's the before and after, I had half the back window done, so the difference between each side...
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Old 04-29-2012, 05:56 PM   #2
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easy off oven cleaner works everytime..and alot less elbow grease and time. just don't get it near aluminum surfaces. spray on wait and wipe off.
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Old 04-29-2012, 06:08 PM   #3
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Well jeez...guess I should have asked here first lol...I did all sorts of searching on the internet and tried a bunch of stuff...never saw easy off...I haven't gotten to the windshield yet, I'll give it a whirl when I get around to cleaning it...Thanks!
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Old 04-30-2012, 11:39 AM   #4
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Tried the easy off...no good, the water spots are part of the glass...but thanks for the tip, I'll keep it in mind for water spots that aren't as bad
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Old 04-30-2012, 12:32 PM   #5
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so I figured I'd go for broke...#0000 steel wool and turtle wax rubbing compound I already had in the garage...

so here's the before and after, I had half the back window done, so the difference between each side...
would this work on house windows? I have one that has been scratched....
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Old 04-30-2012, 02:25 PM   #6
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Can't see why not, if the scratches are not too deep it might work...it's basically just polishing the glass with incredibly fine steel wool...but I can't say for sure, this was the first time I ever had to get rid of really bad etching...never thought I'd use steel wool on my M3 hahahaha
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Old 04-30-2012, 03:20 PM   #7
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thanks. .... I guess I was really wondering whether or not it would scratch the glass worse than it is. I think I'll try on a piece of scrap glass. That'll tell me!
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Old 04-30-2012, 10:41 PM   #8
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Yeah I made sure to test in a small corner in case it made things worse...so good idea to try it out on something else first...good luck
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