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hard water glass stain removal?

Discussion in 'Chit-Chat' started by Live to Ski, Aug 18, 2006.

  1. Live to Ski

    Live to Ski

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    At one point of my cruiser's life, the PO parked it next to somekind of irrigation system. As a consequence, one side of the cruiser has hardwater stains on the windows that regular glass cleaner won't remove.

    Can anyone recommend a good product that won't ruin pain finishes or rubber window seals?
     
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    What is CLR?? Is that some kinda glass cleaner? I have the same issue as live to ski.
     
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    Muriatic acid works. It is just calcium and soap scum on your shower glass (if that is where it is). If you wanted to spend enough time you could clean it with white vinegar.
     
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    Spot X.....best stuff ever for waterspots, its actaully ground up Oyster shells and made localy in WA, Home Depot carries it.
     
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    Damn $65.00!! Its prolly great stuff..
     
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    that's for a 12 pack.
     
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    yeah, and it will clean out your shower heads, and get the rusty s*** out of your sink, etc. Just don't use it on the dog..........OK for the cat, but not the dog. ;)
     
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    that's for the 12 pack.

    It's relatively cheap.

    :flipoff2:
     
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    000 or 0000 steel wool and a cleaner/wax. This is an old Detailer's trick.

    Use the steel wool as an applicator pad. It will cut the hard water but not damage the glass. This may take a couple passes. This also works for chrome. DO NOT use it on painted surfaces.
     
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    I think I'll give cruiserdan's idea a try. I'm a little nervous about CLR as this is on my passanger side windows of the 87. Issue is CLR's affect on rubber/paint. I'll report back.

    By the way, where does one get 000 and/or 0000 steal wool? Is this a home depot thing, ACE hareware or ?
     
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    fine steel wool is obtainable at home centers and auto parts stores. Another common usage is for fine wood-work finish buffing (before finish application).
     
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    CLR is a very powerful acid (works well for showers ect...). I wouldn't use it on my truck though.

    From the manufacturer's website (http://www.jelmar.com/CLRproducts.asp)

    Do not use CLR on wood, clothing, wallpaper, carpeting, marble, terrazzo, natural stone, colored grout, painted or metallic glazed surfaces, plastic laminates, Formica or aluminum.​

    I have heard good things about Spot X and Detailing clay for water stains. Barkeepers Friend might work well too (acid + mild abrasive) and is very cheap.
     
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    I can't seem to get the stains out....



























    :D :D :D

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    the original question was what to use on water stain spot on glass. CLR works on glass. A little bit goes a long way, no one suggested opening the bottle and pouring it over the cruiser

    I'd test out the steal wool on an inconspicuous spot first. Old glass is going to have some dings and dents and wear spots. A nice shinny spot on dingy glass might looks worse than a water stain on dingy glass.
     
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    oh yeah, while you're picking up the steal wool don't forget a tube or grease for yer elbow.
     
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    X2 for steel wool it works like a charm. Toothpaste will work fairly well on windows, but it really works well on paint to remove scuffs and light scratches.
     
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    Ok, I'll try the steel wool trick and report back. It may take a week or so, though.
     
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    it's been two years, if you are still rubbing... I don't think it is going to work!

    Anyone else have success stories? I'm about to hit my windows with muriatic but would be just as happy to use something else, muriatic acid worries me- if it gets into the inner door skin it is going to promote rust.
     
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