Properly detailed auto glass not only gives your car a beautiful, finished appearance to match the freshly waxed paint job and shined tires, it also ensures the safety of you as the driver, your passengers, and other people on the road. Peering through a dirty window can be dangerous as any small obstruction can distort your view of obstacles.
To get perfect glass, there’s a lot more to it than just spraying the windows and wiping them with a paper towel. For starters, don’t use paper towels (I’m guilty). Let’s take a look at the steps:
Your car’s glass should be the last thing you tackle when detailing your vehicle. This is because it can be easily contaminated. Washing and drying your car thoroughly will ensure that most of the dirt is already gone. Even small specks of sand or dirt have the possibility of scratching the glass. Making sure the vehicle is dry also ensures that pesky water spots won’t be left behind on the glass.
Household glass cleaners often contain ammonia. Ammonia has drying properties which is helpful in obtaining a streak-free shine. But this shouldn’t be used on auto glass because overspray could harm nearby trim or paint. If your windows are tinted, the ammonia will also harm the film. Pick up a quality auto glass cleaner at your local auto parts store.
A good towel can mean the difference between a perfectly clear piece of glass and one with streaks, so don’t skimp here. Many make the mistake of using household paper towels which will leave behind particles. Some swear by newspaper or blue shop towels which both work adequately. However, auto detail professionals almost always prefer microfiber towels. And not just any microfiber towels- waffle weave towels offer a slightly more abrasive surface than regular pile towels which helps when attacking bug splats and water spots. One towel will suffice, but two are better and three is optimal. Be sure that these towels are washed regularly and used exclusively for glass cleaning as not to become contaminated. Contaminated towels can scratch your car’s glass.
Why three towels? Cleaning glass is a three-step process. First, you will apply the cleaner to the car’s glass, then dry the window, and then buff it to a shine. If you try using the same towel for all three steps, you will end up with too much moisture on the towel and unable to obtain the streak-free shine.
It’s important to clean more than just the glass. The trim around the glass usually harbors a bit of dirt because it gets trapped in the grooves and corners. A toothbrush or other small, soft-bristled brush can be helpful in removing this.
The windshield wipers also deserve attention because they are constantly in contact with the windshield’s surface. If you have a clean windshield, but dirty windshield wipers, it won’t be long until your windshield is dirty again.
Lift the blades and clean them with the same towel you applied the glass cleaner to. Simply run the towel along the bottom side of the blade where it comes in contact with the glass.
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