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6ballsisall
06-07-2006, 04:58 PM
What is recommended for cleaning the windshield on my boat? I seem to remember reading NOT to use Windex. Can ya'll give me some recommendations please?

east tx skier
06-07-2006, 05:01 PM
Soap and water. I just use a wet rag. You are correct. No windex.

6ballsisall
06-07-2006, 05:02 PM
Soap and water. I just use a wet rag. You are correct. No windex.

Good deal. Any old soap, car wash etc?? How about diluted down Simple Green. Would that be ok?

G-man
06-07-2006, 05:02 PM
1/3 white vinegar - 2/3 water works great on the boat and the windshield. I never heard don't use windex. Put a coat of rejex on the whole boat including the windows (works on cars also) and it will wipe down great. www.corrosionx.com Put on when it is below 85 degrees and let sit 12 hrs for max protection

Tom023
06-07-2006, 05:04 PM
What's wrong with Windex?

kalanic
06-07-2006, 05:05 PM
Might be a stupid question but...I missed the discussion about Windex. Why no Windex?

east tx skier
06-07-2006, 05:08 PM
It's in the manual. I stopped using simple green in the boat when I saw it on the no use list, too.

RobertT
06-07-2006, 05:09 PM
I only use those microfiber towels that you buy everywhere. I use them for everything. They clean my glass without any chemicals, and a little water on the glass actually makes them work better.

Once in a while, I do rainX my windshield. Its so worth it, the water just rolls off without spotting. I just never think about it.

east tx skier
06-07-2006, 05:17 PM
Well, the 2004 manual was slow to come up. Here's what they had to say about it in 1991--1993.

kalanic
06-07-2006, 05:22 PM
No specific's towards Windex though?

Rockman
06-07-2006, 05:23 PM
We use Windex on our glass every weekend and there hasn't been any problems to note.

Vinegar and water mix works well and use newspaper instead of paper towels to remove the detergents. It seems old school but works well.

Also-Cloth towels used for wiping down the boat after use...wash them in normal laundry detergent and then put them in the dryer but don't use fabric softener sheets...they prevent the towels from soaking up the water on the boat.

Hoosier Bob
06-07-2006, 05:24 PM
I am a White Vinegar and water sollution kind of guy! Works great and always smells like Easter, or something? :confused:

east tx skier
06-07-2006, 05:25 PM
No specific's towards Windex though?

I'd call it a solvent. But do what you want. I know I used it a time or two before I read that far in the manual. Now I'm water or soap and water. But vinegar sounds nice.

Hoosier Bob
06-07-2006, 05:27 PM
Windex won't dent the water spots nor will soap and water but Vinegar will. If you want, use a Windex bottle if it makes you feel better! Vinegar also keeps the boat perfect during wipedown. I use it on everthing and violla! No water spots and it yes is quick!

kalanic
06-07-2006, 05:29 PM
I Think I Will Switch To Soap & Water Only Too!

Tom023
06-07-2006, 05:30 PM
Does vinegar take off the wax?

rodltg2
06-07-2006, 05:34 PM
ive always used windex. wierd.

Hoosier Bob
06-07-2006, 05:35 PM
I used it all last year and have never noticed reduced beading at all. I wax fairly often but even when I have rode her hard and wiped her down many times between waxes the water still beads like it had a fresh coat of wax. If you are hoping it did sorry but I doubt it.Does vinegar take off the wax?

Jim@BAWS
06-07-2006, 05:40 PM
I am a White Vinegar and water sollution kind of guy! Works great and always smells like Easter, or something? :confused:


Smells like something??? What's that

How does it go ???

If it smell like fish it's a dish...
If it smells like cologne...leave it alone.

Or something like that.

Jim@BAWS
06-07-2006, 05:41 PM
ive always used windex. wierd.

I would not recommend using WINDEX on a BU...May make it look better. Better use mud!!!

kalanic
06-07-2006, 05:46 PM
I would not recommend using WINDEX on a BU...May make it look better. Better use mud!!!
Damn that was cold! LOL!

Hoosier Bob
06-07-2006, 05:59 PM
May I quote you? :D Smells like something??? What's that

How does it go ???

If it smell like fish it's a dish...
If it smells like cologne...leave it alone.

Or something like that.

86Craft
06-07-2006, 06:04 PM
Just like I do on my truck, Turtle Wax. I like the way it works, stays clean with spray across the bow.

JDK
06-07-2006, 06:11 PM
Just like I do on my truck, Turtle Wax. I like the way it works, stays clean with spray across the bow.

Me too. Cheap and works most excellently.

mitch
06-07-2006, 06:27 PM
Windex won't dent the water spots nor will soap and water but Vinegar will. If you want, use a Windex bottle if it makes you feel better! Vinegar also keeps the boat perfect during wipedown. I use it on everthing and violla! No water spots and it yes is quick!

I'm gonna try it.

robisjo
06-07-2006, 06:46 PM
My uncle has a Cessna and uses pledge furniture polish on the windshield of his plane. I believe its made of the same material as the windshields for boats. It works great and keeps the bugs from sticking. I thought I might try it on the boat and see how it works.

Footin
06-07-2006, 06:52 PM
A damp towel followed by a nice coat of Rain-x.

atlfootr
06-07-2006, 09:58 PM
Anyone ever try Eagle One 20 / 20 Glass Cleaner?
Removes dirt, fog and film that household cleaners just canít handle.

No streaks
Ammonia-free
Safe for tinted windows
Cleans inside and out

TMCNo1
06-07-2006, 10:26 PM
Anyone ever try Eagle One 20 / 20 Glass Cleaner?
Removes dirt, fog and film that household cleaners just canít handle.

No streaks
Ammonia-free
Safe for tinted windows
Cleans inside and out


Atlfootr, Advance Auto Parts sells their store brand [red label] glass cleaner and on the bottle says "Compare to Eagle One 20/20 Perfect Vision". The manager for our local Advance store hooked me up with their national purchasing agent and he said Eagle One manufactured and labeled their glass cleaner for them. $3.89 for a 32oz bonous bottle. I have used both and there is no difference, GREAT STUFF, best I have ever used!

erkoehler
06-07-2006, 10:31 PM
Jeff, non-conductive cleaner will do the trick. Otherwise, use vinegar and water to get the really tough waterspots off the windshield.

Mi.mc
06-07-2006, 10:34 PM
Anyone ever try Eagle One 20 / 20 Glass Cleaner?
Removes dirt, fog and film that household cleaners just canít handle.

No streaks
Ammonia-free
Safe for tinted windows
Cleans inside and out


sounds like an advertisement to me...

6ballsisall
06-07-2006, 10:35 PM
Jeff, non-conductive cleaner will do the trick. Otherwise, use vinegar and water to get the really tough waterspots off the windshield.


Thanks dude! I like that stuff! I might need to buy some more. (hear those buying signs?? :D )

bcampbe7
06-07-2006, 10:36 PM
As Rockman said, use newspaper instead of paper towels, or get a microfiber towel.

east tx skier
06-07-2006, 11:14 PM
Erk, what is a noncunductive cleaner?

erkoehler
06-07-2006, 11:37 PM
Erk, what is a noncunductive cleaner?


It is a cleaner that we use on the glass/metal at the shop.

east tx skier
06-07-2006, 11:43 PM
Can you give me a brand example?

erkoehler
06-07-2006, 11:44 PM
Can you give me a brand example?

I think I left the can of it at Jrandol's house....He could probably tell you, but I can't remember the name.

If he doesn't get it for you by August 19, I'll have the answer for you.

east tx skier
06-07-2006, 11:46 PM
Oh great, I'm sure I won't need to clean the winders by then. Have fun at band camp.

erkoehler
06-07-2006, 11:47 PM
Oh great, I'm sure I won't need to clean the winders by then. Have fun at band camp.
Um, its a white can with a little gold leaf in the label and blue lettering.....sorry man :(

Mag_Red
06-07-2006, 11:48 PM
I think I left the can of it at Jrandol's house....He could probably tell you, but I can't remember the name.

If he doesn't get it for you by August 19, I'll have the answer for you.Was it made by ZEP? Everything else you had was :D

erkoehler
06-07-2006, 11:49 PM
Was it made by ZEP? Everything else you had was :D

No, that wasn't made by ZEP :) And that ZEP stuff works great doesn't it!

Mag_Red
06-07-2006, 11:50 PM
No, that wasn't made by ZEP :) And that ZEP stuff works great doesn't it!
sure did on the upholstery......now I just need some of the 303 that Eastie loves so much ;)

erkoehler
06-07-2006, 11:52 PM
sure did on the upholstery......now I just need some of the 303 that Eastie loves so much ;)

Hit Jeff up for that.....I think I left him the rest of my bottle.

Leroy
06-08-2006, 12:19 AM
Thanks to you that is what I do also! I've read on another site that most of them add some liquid wax to the water/vinegar solution and it waxes as you clean off the spots.



Windex won't dent the water spots nor will soap and water but Vinegar will. If you want, use a Windex bottle if it makes you feel better! Vinegar also keeps the boat perfect during wipedown. I use it on everthing and violla! No water spots and it yes is quick!

G-man
06-08-2006, 09:17 AM
I use windex on my car windows, I have used it on my boat and never had a problem. If someone can explain the difference between tempered glass on a boat and tempered glass on my car I'll beleive I shouldn't use windex on "boat glass". Maybe one of the all knowing can educate me. I can learn something old everyday.

mitch
06-08-2006, 09:23 AM
Leroy, any idea how much liquid wax to add?

Thanks to you that is what I do also! I've read on another site that most of them add some liquid wax to the water/vinegar solution and it waxes as you clean off the spots.

kjohnson
06-08-2006, 09:25 AM
Windex has ammonia in it, which is acidic (i think). It probably would harm the plastic coating whether it is acidic or a basic.

vogelm1
06-08-2006, 10:03 AM
Spray on Babe's Boat Bright and wipe with a microfiber towel. It has the advantage of both cleaning the windshield, and beading water, so it stays cleaner out on the water and makes it that much easier to clean the next time it needs it. Tried this once by accident and worked great...hasn't harmed anything yet.

G-man
06-08-2006, 10:07 AM
Windex has ammonia in it, which is acidic (i think). It probably would harm the plastic coating whether it is acidic or a basic.


What plastic coating, my windshield is tempered glass?

kjohnson
06-08-2006, 10:59 AM
Some windshields have tempered glass with a plastic tinted coating. My 91 Prostar has it.

east tx skier
06-08-2006, 11:14 AM
What plastic coating, my windshield is tempered glass?

Your 93 had the plastic coating on the tempered glass according to my manual.

Tom023
06-08-2006, 11:54 AM
I asked Taylor Made about my windshield and this is what they said. It appears not all windsheilds are glass.


If the windsheild is glass we recommend mild soapy water or glass cleaner. If plex you can use mild soapy water but you have to be very carefull what you wipe it with as it scratches very easily

G-man
06-08-2006, 12:02 PM
Your 93 had the plastic coating on the tempered glass according to my manual.


It may have but never showed any signs of windex abuse. Thanks for the info, I learned something old today.

east tx skier
06-08-2006, 12:04 PM
Yeah, mine neither. Fat lot of good it does you now.