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post #1 of 7 Old 03-31-2015, 05:59 PM Thread Starter
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windshield issues

I seem to be the only one with this issue as I searched other posts and can't find anything remotely close.

I have a 2014 jk purchased new and every time it rains I can't see out the windshield. And yes, I turn the wipers on but it seems like there is a film over the windshield. The windshield gets cloudy, and no it doesn't need the defroster, but it seems like something is on the windshield . I checked it several times and cleaned it with window cleaner but when it rains its the same issue. It literally gets hard to see as the rain drops seem to leave air pockets all over the windshield. I can see little streaks of what looks like air pockets all over the entire windshield. I replaced the wipers thinking that was the problem but the new wipers do the same thing. The rear window wipes clean with the wipers but the front , I swear feels like there is a plastic film over it or something was spilled on it and it embedded itself into the windshield. I know this sounds nuts but its getting difficult to drive when it rains. It literally interferes with my vision on the road it's so bad. When the weather is clear you can see out the window perfectly, no issues at all. It's only when it rains.
Anyone else have this problem or know of a remedy
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post #2 of 7 Old 03-31-2015, 06:19 PM
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take the useless Windex out of spray bottle . Buy a jug of white clear vinegar from grocery and fill 2/3 of spray bottle with vinegar , then last 1/3rd with distilled h2o.
next , get yesterday's discarded newspaper or steal the neighbors .
tell yourself that you have the forearms of Popeye the sailor and start inside and spray the mixture on drivers half . take a good section of newspaper and lay into it and I mean till you hurt . then do the pssgr side interior .
move to outside , flip up wipers and go to town , as if your life depended on you making a fire by rubbing soggy newspaper upon safety glass , then , when your arms are just about to fall off , go back inside and do it again . if there's anything on it after this process , it's inside the glass .

( secret us the newspaper; best darn glass cleaner in the world ; I used to clean /detail cars in my teens .... you've either got oil / brake fluid or wax from another car or a semi on outside or someone's been smoking or eCig vaping inside the jeep. )

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post #3 of 7 Old 03-31-2015, 07:25 PM
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You said you purchased it new but it really sounds like someone put Rain X (or similar) on your windshield. Rain X works great for awhile but then must be stripped off and reapplied. Most autoparts stores will have the Rain X brand stuff made for stripping it off or some other kind of glass stripper. Windex won't do a thing to a silicone-based coating if that is, in fact, what is on your windshield.
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post #4 of 7 Old 04-01-2015, 05:21 AM
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Superfine steel wool will take most gunk off a windshield.

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Simple green works too but will oxidize the heck out of stuff

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I'll second the vinegar and newspaper. I've never had to scrub as hard as above but it does work phenomonal
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Amen to the newspaper trick! A buddy of mine told me about that when I first started driving and I thought he was trying to prank me. When he wasn't around, I tried it - very sheepishly, and lo and behold - it worked AWESOME! Keep in mind, I was a smoker then and nicotine on the inside of the windshield cakes on like you wouldn't believe. After I was done, I couldn't believe how I could see through that windshield at all! Not to mention what the inside of my lungs probably looked like

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