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    Detailing: Can you clay windscreens?

    Before I go ahead and do this, are there any risks?
    I did a test patch on the passenger side yesterday and it seems to have cleared road film as well or better than my usual screen cleaner, and with less mess. What is the consensus?

    Re: Detailing: Can you clay windscreens?

    Just use windex (or Metho) and use newspaper to wipe off. I find that is the best.

    Re: Detailing: Can you clay windscreens?

    Thanks, but not what I asked.

    Re: Detailing: Can you clay windscreens?

    I'd just be careful on the glass which has had the Rain-ex treatment as I'm not sure if it brings it off. You can of course replace it quite easily. I have clayed the front though with no problems.

    Re: Detailing: Can you clay windscreens?

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    ResB said:
    I'd just be careful on the glass which has had the Rain-ex treatment as I'm not sure if it brings it off. You can of course replace it quite easily. I have clayed the front though with no problems.


    Spot on, that was actually what I was trying to achieve.
    Last couple of treatments haven't seemed to last that long, so I'm guessing they haven't bonded that well to the screen. Will give it a go tomorrow. I'm just wary of scratching the glass, but with same care as with paintwork I guess it'll be fine.

    Re: Detailing: Can you clay windscreens?

    Shouldn't be a problem but watch out for catching some of the clay on the rubber seal.

    Personally, for scrubbing the glass i use something very very lightly abrasive like that liquid form of T-cut. Its so soft that it cleans up road film and anything bonded to the glass. Then, clean up with a proper window cleaner like the Meg's stuff.

    Regards

    Popolou

    Re: Detailing: Can you clay windscreens?

    Yeah, well, I wouldn't say it was a fantastic success. Cleans OK, but left a bit of a clay-ish residue behind. So I had to clean with glass cleaner afterwards anyway. (I use the AutoGlym stuff). Problem with glass cleaner is that it gets all over the seals, sits in the tiny chips in the glass like a white dot, and you get lots of powdery residue when you buff it off. But needs must.

    Have clayed, cleaned and Rain-X'ed one side, and just cleaned and Rain-X'ed the other side, so we'll see if there is any difference over time.

    Thanks for the input guys.

     
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