Is there something stuck on your car window? Not to worry. Our experts at A+ Plus Auto Glass will teach you how to get rid of the 10 most common problems with car glass. From water spots to stains caused by acid rain, we’ve got you covered with easy-to-follow steps which you can do on your own without any professional help.
1. Water spots
It’s extremely frustrating to get your car washed, only to find annoying water spots on the windshield. Thankfully, they’re easy to remove.
Simply mix equal parts of plain white vinegar with distilled water. Apply the vinegar solution to the water spots and wait for a minute. Rinse with clean water and dry the windshield with a paper towel.
Getting bug juice on your windshield is pretty common in the summer. Most people use bug removal sprays, but WD-40 will do just as well. Soak the spot with the oil for a few minutes. Next, use a regular kitchen scrub to remove the stain. Wipe the area clean with a microfiber cloth.
3. Tree sap
Tree sap can be difficult to remove, especially if it’s gotten to your wipers. The solution is to soak a rag with diluted rubbing alcohol and place it over the sap. Let it sit for a few minutes, then use the rag to gently rub off the sap. Continue repeating this until all of the tree sap is removed. When done, finish off with a glass cleaner.
4. Window tint
Get a hairdryer or heat gun and switch it to a high setting. Hold it two inches from the glass and use a plastic scraper to safely lift the edges away. Remove the window tint in sections. The adhesive can be removed using WD-40 and a clean lint-free rag. Clean the window with a glass cleaner and paper towel.
Soak decal stickers in soapy water or a solution of water and laundry softener. Use a plastic scraper to lift them off the glass. Stubborn vinyl decals can be removed using the same method as removing window tint.
6. Spray paint
Spray paint is probably one of the most worrying things that can get on your windshield. Lucky for you, you can scrape off the paint using a plastic blade. Remember to use long strokes and to go in one direction, rather than back and forth. If there is leftover paint, rub it with a microfiber cloth soaked in acetone nail polish.
7. Wiper marks
Get a lint-free rag and soak it with an alcohol-based glass cleaner. Use this to clean windshield wiper streaks and the wiper blades.
Place ice cubes in a plastic bag and apply them to the chewing gum. Once the gum hardens, you can peel it off the glass. You can remove any remaining gum using a clean rag and a bug remover solution.
Spray the ice with a solution of 2/3 rubbing alcohol and 1/3 water. This will dissolve the ice and prevent it from refreezing.
10. Acid rain
Dilute one cup of white vinegar in one quart of water. Spray the solution over the acid rain stains and wipe off with a microfiber cloth.