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Old 04-14-2013, 10:02 AM   #21
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Rain X is amazing, but you absolutely must make sure its wiped/buffed completely off. When you think its gone wipe a few more times.
Exactly!

BTW, Sea Brite Rain View works well too.
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Old 04-14-2013, 10:06 AM   #22
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Try ammonia to get it off.
I've started using Rain-X windshield washer fluid in my truck and it works great! I got the bright idea to put some in a spray bottle and spray my boat windows down too. Easier and quicker than applying the classic Rain-X.
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I would imagine just good old often forgotten ammonia would remove it. I use ammonia all the time, it is a great grease cutter, glass cleaner, bildge cleaner, diesel spill cleaner, clothes freshener, etc.
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Old 04-14-2013, 10:19 AM   #24
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careful with ammonia, not only if it touches any sort of bleaxh it makes chlorine gas which is deadly but, When ammonia enters the body as a result of breathing, swallowing or skin contact, it reacts with water to produce ammonium hydroxide. This chemical is very corrosive and damages cells in the body on contact.
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Old 04-14-2013, 10:46 AM   #25
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On Volunteer I usually applied rainX twice a year and it worked fantastic in the vertical windows. On my cars in the drizzle of the northwest is works well IF you don't use the wipers. The haze that developes where the wipers sweep is a pain in the ass.
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I would imagine just good old often forgotten ammonia would remove it. I use ammonia all the time, it is a great grease cutter, glass cleaner, bildge cleaner, diesel spill cleaner, clothes freshener, etc.
...and perfect for bee stings!
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...and perfect for bee stings!
... and jellyfish.
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Old 04-14-2013, 07:50 PM   #28
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When all else fails, follow the manufacturers written directions.

Rain-X Original Glass Treatment - Rain-X
I did follow the manufacturers written directions. The ones on the bottle. For whatever reason, it didn't work well for me. Reading the later responses, I'm not the only person who has had difficulty with the product.
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I would imagine just good old often forgotten ammonia would remove it. I use ammonia all the time, it is a great grease cutter, glass cleaner, bildge cleaner, diesel spill cleaner, clothes freshener, etc.
I bought a 70 year old Singer sewing machine off ebay for sewing canvas. Apparently, some little old lady had been sitting at it, sewing, and smoking cigarettes for most of its life. Ammonia on a rag made quick work of getting the brown stains off it.

This is something I learned years ago when I was playing music in smoky bars.

Ammonia is a great cleaner when used appropriately and safely.
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Old 04-16-2013, 08:19 AM   #31
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careful with ammonia, not only if it touches any sort of bleaxh it makes chlorine gas which is deadly but, When ammonia enters the body as a result of breathing, swallowing or skin contact, it reacts with water to produce ammonium hydroxide. This chemical is very corrosive and damages cells in the body on contact.
You should be just as careful while cutting up onions. The fumes form sulfuric acid as a result of breathing, swallowing or skin contact, especially in the eyes. This chemical is very corrosive and damages cells in the body on contact.

And be especially of that bad boy dihydrogen monoxide.
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You think its funny to be a smart &&&. While im simply stating facts and caring about individuals health. Ammonia is much more dangerous. People dont dispose of it right, or just dont take precautions when using it full strength. Comparing onions to ammonia shows your intelligence and ignorance. Im done with this subject.
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Justin,
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Your welcome god speed and safe waters to ya buddy.
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Old 04-16-2013, 08:39 AM   #35
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Many common cleaners and chemicals can cause harm to us and the environment if used carelessly. You can hardly log on to a boating forum without someone recommending chlorine bleach for something. And of course, the old standby, acetone is nothing to sneeze at.

All these products have use instructions and health warnings on the containers and for anyone smart enough to follow the manufacturer's recommendations and cautions instead of something he/she read on a boating forum, these products are relatively safe to use. Ammonia has been in common use as a cleaning product for many, many years, but like many other products, it can be hazzardous if misused.
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I've used Aquapel for the last few years, it used to be sold under the NAPA label. I find it last much longer than Rainex
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After using Rain-X on cars for many years, with somewhat mixed results totally based on wiper use, I am in the process of putting it on all of my windows.

On road use, in moderate to heavy rain it works great (as long as you do not use the wipers!). With drizzle on the other hand, once you have to start using the windshield wipers, it produces that dreaded film. The film is removable mechanically, i.e. elbow grease and Bon-Ami, which doesn't have the abrasives that Comet or Ajax have.

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Old 04-16-2013, 03:10 PM   #38
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.............The film is removable mechanically, i.e. elbow grease and Bon-Ami, which doesn't have the abrasives that Comet or Ajax have.
I found a product at Ace hardware called Never Streak (or something close) that is similar to Glasswax from the good old days. The guy at Ace didn't know he had it. It works well at removing films that liquid cleaners can't.
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Old 04-16-2013, 04:39 PM   #39
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I've used Aquapel for the last few years, it used to be sold under the NAPA label. I find it last much longer than Rainex
Absolutely!

I am a complete convert to Aquapel from RainX. Use in on my truck and boat. Lasts all year long with no streaking -- not kidding!

Takes longer to apply though: deep clean first (barkeepers friend is what I use), then apply one applicator per windshield-sized-window area. Only use the applicators, not the spray or wipes.
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After a few failures iwth Rainex I basically gave up on the product. Then one day I arrived at the marina in Greenville, MS around noon and decided to stay there for the night due to coming storms. Unless you enjoy riverboat gambling, which I do not, there is not much to do there, so I decided for some reason to apply Rainex. To show how much time I had on my hands, I actually read the instructions.

I now use the stuff on a regular basis, if I have an afternoon to burn. The key is to take a lot of time cleaning. When you are through cleaning you have just started. Go back and really rub hard to clean a couple more times. When you think you have cleaned enough to rub a hole through the glass you might be through.

Apply by really rubbing it in and you have an excellent window for about a year. Reminds me of painting and old house, which means weeks of prep and a few hours to paint.
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