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How to Remove These Top 10 Difficult Items From Your Car Glass

How to Remove These Top 10 Difficult Items From Your Car Glass

There are a lot of things that can get stuck to the glass on your car. These things not only look aesthetically unappealing, but they can also limit your visibility while you are on the road. London Car Windscreen has compiled a guide of the top 10 things that get stuck on car glass, and how to remove them without needing windscreen replacement.  

Tint Film

To loosen and remove car glass tinting film, grab your hair dryer, a plastic scraper, and an extension cord. First, use the highest heat setting to blow hot air about an inch and a half above the surface of your car glass. As the glue melts, use an car glass safe scraper and pry the tint from the loosened area until you have taken off all the tint film. To get rid of leftover glue residue, spray a bit of WD-40 on a clean rag and buff the glue away.

Car Decals

Decals and stickers made for your car are not made to stay on your car glass forever. Simply take a sponge soaked in a solution of laundry soap and water and hold it against the sticker until it starts to crumble. Then use an car glass safe scraper and remove the excess. For decals that are made of vinyl, you can use the hairdryer method to loosen the glue and then use an car glass safe scraper to remove it.

Chewed Gum

You can remove gum from your car glass the same way you would remove it from your hair. Take a chunk of ice and hold it against the gum until it becomes hard. Once it hardens, peel the gum off of the glass. You can use removers or rubbing alcohol to get rid of any sticky residue.

Sap from Trees

Tree sap and tree resin are one of the most difficult substances to remove from car glass. Thankfully you can use bug remover or rubbing alcohol to get rid of it. If you use alcohol, dilute some and soak it on a rag. Lay that rag over the sap and allow it to soak in for a few moments. The same goes for bug remover but it doesn’t need to be diluted. Rub the area gently adding more of either liquid until all of the sap has been removed.

Water Stains

You may be wondering how on earth water can stain car glass, but it actually happens! Usually, right after washing your car, pesky water spots appear all over your car glass. A simple way to make your glass sparkle is to spray your windscreen with a solution of vinegar and water, then buff your glass to a sparkling shine with a microfiber cloth.

Aerosol Paint

If you have the misfortune of discovering spray paint on your glass, the first thing you should do is calm down since it’s not permanent! Using a plastic glass safe scraper, use long strokes to remove as much excess paint as possible. Then grab some nail polish that contains acetone to buff the rest off of your windscreen.

Insect Carcasses

One of the worst things about spring and summer isn’t the heat, but instead the dead bugs that litter the windscreen on your car. There is a broad range of affordable bug cleaners on the market for your car glass and they all work equally well. If you don’t have time to run out to grab a can, WD-40 will serve the same purpose. Just spread your chosen liquid over the area and use the back of a kitchen sponge to get rid of the dead bugs.

Stains from Acid Rain

Acid rain can damage your vehicles metal body and the car glass. While you may be able to tolerate spots on your car body, spot on your glass can reduce your ability to see clearly while driving. A simple solution of vinegar and water will work wonders on removing stains on your windscreen from acid rain.

Snow or Ice

Don’t be tempted to toss hot water on your windscreen to melt the ice, as this can damage your glass leading to costly repairs. Instead, use a car safe de-icer or a solution made from rubbing alcohol diluted with water. Spray the car glass and wait for the slush to slide off.

Streaky Wiper Marks

If your wipers are leaving streaks on your windscreen, you should check to make sure they don’t need to be replaced. If they are still in good condition, they probably need to be cleaned. Simply lift them away from the glass, spray them down with glass cleaner, and wipe them clean with a rag or microfiber cloth.

How We Can Help

We hope our car glass and windscreen cleaning tips have helped. If you notice any chips or cracks on your windscreen while you are cleaning, give us a call at 0751245 8701 to set up an appointment to have them repaired. London Car Windscreen is always here to help, so give us a call today.