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Interior windshield haze

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Any options of a easy interior glass clean. Im trying a lite coat of Rain X on a hand towel then buff with a micro, the interior of the windshield to help break down the haze faster when one wants to clean it, its great for bugs outside so why not try. I detail the interior quarterly and the windows suck to do, after just a couple months its hard to get the film off. I find myself doing it 2 to 3 times to get a good clean without streaks, we dont smoke and still get a film thats hard to get off. I'm misting a hand paper towel like you might find at a rest room, not the kind you have in your kitchen (they leave a haze to, they have something in them) to apply then buff with a micro. Exterior windshield wipe is horizontal, interior is vertical so I know whats bad. Time will tell and Ill let you know............... what do you think, have you tried it let me know. I would think the alcohol in the Rain X will help it sure does outside.
EDIT: not really for my old RL we have had the same issue on all vehicles, its keeping the new CRV clean easy.
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I personally have never been able to get the inside haze off of my windshield. I have used just about every cleaner / solvent that you can think of including denatured alcohol which is a potent glass cleaner . . .

On my to do list is to try a different approach. Ultra fine steel wool 0000 (not 000) grade is widely reported as safe to use on windshields and is said to leave it completely haze and particle free. Feel free to search on the subject, you will get plenty of hits including youtube videos etc. I am planning on combining the steel wool with some sort of glass cleaner to "lube" up the process.

Good luck!
Yep link worked...

I use the Invisible Glass (Foam seems to work better than spray) with two Micro Fiber towels one to clean / wet & the other for drying polishing
Yep link worked...

I use the Invisible Glass (Foam seems to work better than spray) with two Micro Fiber towels one to clean / wet & the other for drying polishing
Thanks CU, I didnt want start a new thread and searched for about 10 min. with no avail. and thats an old one (I guess I didnt do things right). Thanks eurban, have tried similar things also to no avail..Let me know if anything works for you and I will post about the rain x if its easier to clean without streaks, as long as it cleans easier or better. Im still running the OEM windshield to on my old RL and need a new one. Its pitted and $ucks to drive into the sun or rain. I need to crack it to get a new one, been thru this before with full glass coverage and they (insurance) dont like to here anything unless its cracked, pitted dont count, I call B.S. its a safety issue. Brick here we long as it doesnt go thru the rear window to, or damage the dash :grin:.
3 new windshields in the last 4 months. Works great, nice and clean on the inside too.
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The Car Fix guy using Mr. Clean Magic Eraser.

I have used RainX on the inside and it works well, especially defrost really quickly. I have even waxed the inside with the same result. I also wax all of my glass on the outside, works as well as RainX for a lot less.
Simple solution is to wash the inside of your windows with the window washer wand and fluid while you are filling the car with gas. Do the inside the same as you do the outside and you'll be surprised as how well that works and it's simple to do and cheap. I wash the inside with a "damp" squeegee sponge end and then use the rubber squeegee side and wipe it off with a couple of paper towels each time I run it across. Then wipe it all down at the sides and top and bottom with the same paper towels and it's done. Easy !

New cars tend to off gas from the plastics and leathers for awhile. Cars parked in the hot sun seem to have this worse. Carefully using odorless mineral spirits will remove it, and then you can clean it with glass cleaner. If it is really bad, I have heard of using Bon Ami as a polish to the glass. I have not tried Bon Ami but many G1 Ridgeline members swear by it. A couple of clean microfiber cloths, one for cleaning and another for drying will help.
There's a dude on YouTube who shows an effective method for cleaning the interior of the windshield. I don't think there's any getting around the major PITA of it.
In short, he advises to wipe down the window using a clean microfiber cloth, then using an aerosol spray window cleaner (won't splash when applied) and washing it once or twice.
As far as preventing the haze buildup - no getting around that either; it's the breakdown of the plastics & protectants (such as armor all) vaporizing and sticking to the window.
I for one abhor cleaning the inside of the windshield but I've not found a more effective method :/

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'Funk' on windshield is outgassing from interior plastics, it's really bad on new vehicles, but lessens over time. I used to clean my Ridgeline windshield twice a month when it was new, now once every few months is all that's needed.

Like everything else automotive, there are lots of opinions on how to best clean windshields. A lot also depends on your particular level of OCD. Here's my 2ct...

I quit using any type of automotive protectant on my car interiors over 10-years years ago and I don't miss the hassle, smell or extra stuff that evaporates and ends up on the windshield.

Using a clean microfiber cloth, I first clean my speedometer and other gauge lenses, then move on to the stereo, dash, steering column, doors, etc. I wipe down the entire console, doors, etc. Usually one cloth is enough, but i may need two.

I use Griots interior and leather cleaner on the seats, steering wheel and anything that is still dirty after a microfiber wipe down.

I wash all my automotive towels separate from clothes, I just let the dirty car towels pile up till I have enough to run a load. Microfiber towels are only washed with other microfiber towels. Everything is washed in detergent that is unscented and I never use a dryer sheet.

A generous spray of Invisible Glass and wiping down the glass with a clean cotton towel knocks off the majority of the funk. Followed up with one or more reapplications of glass cleaner wiped down with a microfiber windshield cleaning pad on a stick. This gets the windshield nice and clean with minimal fuss.

I apply Rain-X to the outside of the windshield as well as using Rain-X washing fluid and Rain-X wiper blades. The combo seems to work well and I only have to retreat the windshield a few times a year.

The haze is coming from dash/interior/seats/plastics heating up and releasing gasses.
If you smoke it can come from that also.
Invisible Glass pump spray or foam in can is a good cleaner some others may be better.
If you have tinted windows you do not want to use a product containing ammonia on them.
The Invisible Glass is safe for use on them if you have to remove something like inspection sticker residue use a stronger ammonia cleaner. I had to remover my expired DC registration tag residential parking window sticker. The ammonia D Window cleaner was best for that with paper towel wipe down.
But use micro fiber window clothes or weave type micro cloth and Invisible Glass works well.
Also with cleaning of microfiber towels & clothes microfiber buffer pads any thing microfiber use a microfiber cleaner in the washing machine. I use the DP Pro Series microfiber cleaner in the washing machine.
The microfiber cleaner is formulated to remove wax dirt chemicals from microfiber towels and renewb the softness. Using regular detergent does not clean them the way the microfiber cleaner does and return their softness to new like.
I got the DP Pro Series Microfiber Cleaner from Autogeek
There are some other microfiber cleaners around but have not tried them.
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It must be just me, but whenever I use microfiber towels, whether brand new, or run through the washer for years, they ALWAYS leave micro fibers everywhere! I've switched to using hand washed baby diapers for my glass. If they accidentally get thrown in with my clothes in the the dryer, they get decommissioned. Seems like dryer sheets leave a waxy film on the cloth. I just use a diaper that has been moistened with plain distilled water.
A Magic eraser will remove that fog. Try it!
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