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I'm having an issue with getting my front windshield spot free and smug free. I've only had the car 2 weeks and I've done one washing with Griots car wash product. Driving to work this week I noticed a lot of little spots on the windshield when driving into the sun. I have tried cleaning multiple times now using Stoner Invisible Glass product, but the spots are prevailing. Not sure if the washing left these or what. Any recommendations on how best to get them off? I have tried both a soft cloth and paper towels with elbow grease...not doing it.


Boy the inside is hard to reach and here I'm just having smudging - used paper towel and will try cloth next. Requires some contortion and I see there is a little triangle thing on a handle that can be purchased to reach better... Nothing worse than driving into the morning sun and seeing that despite all your effort your windshield is not clean.....
 

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Thanks I will check those out. Last night I went over the windshield with cleaner and a single edge new razor blade to see if that would help. Hopefully that didn't ruin my windshield. I'll see if it even worked when I go to work and have direct sunlight. It's a frustrating process because you can't even tell if you're making any progress while you're doing the cleaning....looks clean in the garage or driving at night or even facing away from the sun.
 

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Well the work last night didn't help. My windshield is very clean other than these "spots". You don't see them at all until facing directly into the morning sun. Then there are hundreds of them across the entire windshield as the sparkle in the rays. They are roughly 1/8 inch in size and almost like a simple snowflake (crossed lines). I don't understand what caused this and it's pretty discouraging not to be able to get rid of it. Not sure what to try next and wonder if I should go to a detailer and ask for advice at this point?
 

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You may have a defect in the plastic sandwich layer - take a few pics into the sun (another chore really) or try to have the dealer see this too ...
 

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Then there are hundreds of them across the entire windshield as the sparkle in the rays. They are roughly 1/8 inch in size and almost like a simple snowflake (crossed lines).
I too used Griot and Stoner on our new Q3 and was surprised how I had to go over the glass a couple of more times before getting it "clean," but I don't recall having anything on my windscreen like you describe.

Um, you aren't wearing polarized glasses are you? Sorry, just a thought, but aviators often find polarized glasses play havoc with the CRT visuals in the cockpit and through the Perspex/glass/plastic while gazing outside.
 

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Thanks guys. I'm going to drive my wife's car into the sun today and first make sure I don't see the same thing there since I have washed both of them in a similar fashion. If not present there then I think a trip to the dealer may be in order. this is very odd. I will also try taking off my sunglasses...of course I may crash if I drive into the sun without them...so if that's the case DampDuffer will you please memorialize me on this blog. :)
 

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I will also try taking off my sunglasses...of course I may crash if I drive into the sun without them...so if that's the case DampDuffer will you please memorialize me on this blog. :)
Um, err, well, OK....on second thought, I doubt it's the sun glasses. :redface:

Living on the east side of the Cascades, as you do, and with a clear sky forecast, you'll be in a perfect position for Sunday night's total lunar eclipse that is not just any old total lunar eclipse....but it is occurring during a supermoon, when the moon will be only 221,753 miles from Earth.

So, during the eclipse, the moon will appear 14 percent larger than it would during the farthest apogee of the year which occurred just a couple of weeks ago......and as I told my students yesterday, "That's the difference between a 14-inch pizza and a 16-inch pizza,".....and that they understood.:nerd:

(Sorry, I'm a bit of an air and space wonk). :rolleyes:
 

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Ok, here's an update to this "drama". Had my wife drive her Outback into the sun and she said she saw some spots but definitely NOT what she saw riding with me. Then I decided to run my hand over the windshield and I could actually feel the many small spots. So clearly it is something on the surface. I then took the razor blade and began working over the spots and sure enough it was taking them off. Now today I'll need to drive into the sun and see if the visible results reflect the tactile results. I'm thinking this is either a by product of washing the car, or more likely that the trees in the parking lot at work are weeping something onto the windshield. Stay tuned for the next edge of your seat chapter in this story....(snore, snore).

DampDuffer - we are definitely attuned to the coming lunar event. We are so fortunate to have a beautiful view from our living room window to the Cascades and we are early risers. These past couple of days have afforded a beautiful moon turning white to yellow as it sets over Broken Top. It's so bright that you could go walking without a flashlight at 4am. Wish the eclipse was not on a work night though. Tell me - what class are you teaching? Since you had to use a pizza size example I'm hoping it's not college level :)
 

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Tell me - what class are you teaching? Since you had to use a pizza size example I'm hoping it's not college level :)
Hahaha, well actually I "teach" at both the college and high school level....and believe me, I think both would understand the pizza reference, but the students I was with on Friday were part of my high school Aviation Technology class.

I think the main difference with the college students is I can eat pizza with them and drink beer with those 21 or over too. Currently under construction and due to open in one more month is an on-campus pub.....another step in reducing the number of college students who have to drive back to campus (where most reside) after a weekend of partying and drinking elsewhere.
I'm looking forward to finally legally drinking on the campus I first set foot on over half a century ago. >:D
 
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