How to Super Clean Your Windshield

How to Super Clean Your Windshield


Hey guys, ChrisFix here and today I’m gonna show you how to Super Clean your windshield. I’ll be demonstrating this on my 1996 Chevy Corvette Glass is the second largest surface on your car right after the paint so for car shows, having the glass perfectly clean is essential for bringing home the trophies. And don’t think that super cleaning the windshield is just for a show car like the Corvette I do this on my daily driver truck I just did this on this windshield and it looks awesome You’re driving your car or truck every day and the thing you look at the most is right out of the windshield so you don’t want any dirt on there that distracts you from driving or strains your eyes — I don’t know about you, but I hate when there’s stuff on the windshield right in front of my field of view Just drives me crazy Plus, today I have a pretty nice day but what happens when it’s raining or when it’s snowing? It’s nice to know that your windshield will bead up water prevent ice from sticking prevent bug splatters from sticking and also, it’ll be nice and clear at night so you minimize any reflection. The most important thing is that you can see clearly out of your windshield for safety and for comfort. Now there [are] a million different glass cleaners on the market Pick your favorite one that you like to use I prefer one that doesn’t have harsh chemicals such as ammonia And I also prefer one that does not leave any streaks or residue My windshield is pretty dirty [on] my ‘Vette You can see the mark right there And another right there And the whole window is covered by bug splatters and road debris So some people like using paper towels or a bundled-up piece of newspaper to clean their windshield I prefer using a microfiber towel You won’t scratch your windshield with this It absorbs water really well It leaves no residue It leaves no fuzz And it picks up dirt really well. So the first step’s gonna be to clean off your windshield with your microfiber cloth and your favorite glass cleaner. Make sure you’re working in the shade and do half the glass at a time. If you spray the whole windshield with the cleaner Half of it might evaporate by the time you get to the other side And that’ll just make a bigger mess When wiping the windshield, use random circular motions and change the direction of the towel. This’ll allow the glass to be scrubbed in different directions and remove the most dirt possible. And don’t forget to get into the corners and along the edges of the windshield with your towel. So our white towel is now black with dirt and that’s really good We got a lot of the dirt off Now we’re gonna move to the next step. The next step is gonna be using a piece of clay bar I have this clay bar kit here You normally use this on your paint You just break a little piece off And you get your water bottle I filled this water bottle up with warm water The warmer the water, the better Warm water breaks down and dissolves dirt better than cold water. You want a good amount of water because this will help the clay slide along the windshield and you can’t use too much water. You want to move the clay bar in an up-and-down motion and then in a circular motion to clean at all different angles This will pull up any contaminants that are really stuck on the glass And it’ll also clean up anything that didn’t get cleaned up by your glass cleaner And if the clay kind of gets hung up and is kind of hard to move Focus in that area Because there [are] contaminants there And get it nice and clean And then it should slide nice and smooth after that Instead of clay-barring, some people use steel wool or a straight razor, and scrape the glass, and I do not do that at all I don’t want to scratch the glass There’s almost no chance of me scratching the glass with just a piece of clay bar Here’s the clay bar after cleaning the windshield with it You can see all the dirt that didn’t get cleaned up by the glass cleaner got pulled up by the clay bar And we also loosened up a bunch of contaminants on the glass here So we’re gonna clean it one more time with our glass cleaner. And after we went over it one more time that clay bar loosened up a bunch more dirt so we were able to clean this windshield even more and it’s looking great. Now I’m going to dry the windshield with a really absorbent microfiber cloth This cloth will also not leave any lint which is helpful. You don’t want to leave any lint at this stage Now this windshield is looking awesome. Already there’s a nice shine to it and we’re not even done yet. Now this last step is really what gives your windshield that extra something And it’s using regular car wax So any carnuba or synthetic paste wax that you use on your car’s paint you’re gonna use on the windshield. And waxing the windshield will put a protective layer that beads up water better than Rain-X And it’ll also prevent bird poop and bug splatters from sticking to the windshield. So all you need to do is get a damp paper towel and clean it right off. Also the wax prevents ice buildup So for those cold mornings, you don’t need to scrape the ice off the glass Which is awesome. You could use Rain-X if you want, but I find that wax lasts the longest. This’ll last me [between] 4 to 6 months where the water will bead up and bugs and stuff will come off with just one wipe of the towel. All you have to do is get your wax You want to apply it in a circular motion This isn’t like waxing the paint on your car Don’t worry about swirl marks or anything You don’t need thick layers You just want to coat the surface of the glass The glass is really smooth right now because you clay-barred it So you’re not going to have to use that much wax at all. You want to apply moderate pressure I’d say about 5 pounds of pressure So now I’m gonna coat the whole windshield So you want to take a look at the windshield to make sure we have full wax coverage We don’t want any bare spots with no wax But as you can see, this looks really good Now we’ll wait around five minutes until the wax has dried enough to buff it off And I’ll show you how to test the wax to see if it’s ready to be buffed After about five minutes, let’s test the wax and see if it’s ready to get buffed off You just take your finger and run it along the wax You can see my finger left behind a smudge And that’s not completely clear So the wax isn’t ready to get buffed You want there to be no smudge And you want the glass underneath your finger to be completely clear after you rub it. So after a few minutes, let’s test the wax again You can see that there’s no smudge and it’s clear underneath And also the wax kind of builds up at one end When you push it And that’s exactly what you want So this is ready to get buffed off Get a clean microfiber towel And let’s buff off as much wax as we can. Try using circular motions because that will remove the most wax. Make sure you pay attention to details And get the wax off of all the black pieces and all the trim Any wax on this black trim is gonna turn white And any wax that’s kind of hidden under here is gonna turn white and it’ll be really obvious. So you want to make sure you get that out. So we’ve finished our first buff with this microfiber towel Now I’m gonna change towels I’m gonna use a finishing towel here And this towel’s gonna be used for that final buff And we’re gonna do circular motions first And then up and down for the finish. Again, the circular motions allow you to buff the windshield from different directions which provides the best results. And then do a final vertical buff just moving the towel up and down. Make sure you don’t touch the glass by mistake because the oils from your hand will get on the glass and you’ll notice it. And we are done! That’s how you Super Clean your windshield Hopefully this video was helpful! If it was, remember to give the video a thumbs-up! If you’re not a subscriber, what are you waiting for? Hit that Subscribe button! Also remember to leave a comment below if you have a different method you use the clean the windshield — I’d love to hear it. Just as some proof to show you how well this wax layer protects the windshield Check out how even a little bit of water beads up and rolls right off Now let’s get serious and simulate a rainstorm! You can see, even in heavy rain Most of the water falls right off the windshield which is great for visibility. The top for this video is: You always want to make sure that you clean your wiper blades off because all the hard work that you just did to clean the whole windshield will get put to waste once you use your wiper blades and just spread that dirt all over the place. Spray the glass cleaner on the towel And just pull the wiper blade up And you’re just gonna take the towel and run it along the whole wiper blade. Many people say to use alcohol, but alcohol could dry out the rubber along the wiper blade And then that could cause it to scratch your windshield So I just use a glass cleaner that’s good on rubber. Make sure you do the other wiper blade as well And you can see with both wiper blades that we got a lot of dirt off And that’ll just keep the whole windshield from getting dirty again when you use your wiper blades.

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100 Comments

  1. I detail cars and glass is the pain in my ass. Its the last thing to do and its when after 6 straight hours I am super tired.
    Sometimes I polish the glass after claying on old windshield s using an orbital polisher. Thanks

  2. Hi Chris, I need your help in restoring a back trunk cover (inside the car right under the back glass where speakers are) my interior is black but it is always parked outside under the sun. This black material (feels like felt) turned to dark gray… How can I restore it back to black and it stays black, Thanks!

  3. Sir, you work in such a good environment and your tools are so good that when we go to a workshop, our heart does not want us to fix it.

  4. The windshield on my dream car needs a havee super clean! How to do this? Here's my answer! (Clip activates) Chris: Hey guys ChrisFix here!

  5. Is the Mr Clean Magic Eraser a sponge and baking soda? If so, could you use baking soda to clean the oils off the windshield?

  6. I got my windshield changed quite recently, and noticed that water sticks to it, especially where the wipers scrub.
    Should i do a super clean like this?

  7. A new visor (with double side tape) won't stick on door trim if u accidentally wax the trim 😂
    Thinner rub on it, not work either , wait half year LoL.

  8. I've got two tips. Firstly, regularly clean your wiper blades. If they're too dirty because you haven't kept them clean, replace them and keep them clean from the get go. Also, any time you get in your vehicle and expect to use them, lift them slightly to check if there is any dust or debris, and blow it away. Second tip, if you end up with wax on your trim, a bit of trim-restorer sorts it out. I use Autoglym.

  9. Does waxing the windshield do the same thing as RainX: when you use the wipers in the rain, they leave a thin film of tiny water droplets that reflect headlights and streetlights and make it hard to see at night.

  10. Hey, Chris, I followed your tutorial to the letter.
    Bought even the same stuff, buffed the wax twice, but the water doesn't bed off.
    Car is '04 e46 sedan.

  11. Wait can I use a spray? I bought a turtle wax spray it says glass cleaner but idk if it’s the same can someone help

  12. @Chris FIx – Any chance you could share a video on how you clean or decontaminate your microfiber cloths after you've used them? And if you do reuse them after cleaning them, do you categorize them for reuse in certain cleaning scenarios or chemical use…ie interior, leather cleaner vs. window cleaner. Are certain chemicals harder than others to get out of your towels when washing them? Thanks

  13. So what do you do if your windshield looks like it's been sand blasted over the last 20 years? Is there a way to polish it smooth again like you'd do with finishing/compounding clear coat?

  14. If wax is applied to the windshield, does the interference occur due to an oil film on the wiper during rainy days?

  15. I cleaned my windshield but for some reason the wax doesn't repel water like it should. When it rains the raindrops appear as large splats on the glass and after rain there will be left large water droplets which don't want to go away. All the other car's windshields would be dry already meanwhile my car would still have those large droplets. I only used three simple microfiber towels during the whole cleaning process, the glass was partially under the sun, it was quite cold outside, I had difficulty drying the glass before waxing and the glass itself is actually quite messed up – it has a lot of scratches. Could those be the reasons why I didn't get the result I was looking for?

  16. Cool video – and super clean Vette! Do you find the wax on the windshield causes the wipers to streak and not wipe cleanly?

  17. How well do the wipers work ? I was always told that wax on the windshield would cause the wipers to not work very well.

  18. I’m going to wal mart now to get all the supplies you mentioned. I will finally have a fancy windshield and will fell a little less like a peasant 🙂

  19. I prefer my screen to not bead-up the water. Why not? Well, when your wipers wipe across, they turn the water into a million little lenses, each one gives a nice little image of everything outside, most noticeably the sky. That white cloudy rainy sky. That really white sky, and you've got a million white spots on your screen, like spraying your screen with fog. And you did it on purpose.
    If the water will smear and spread, it will be going flat, thus it's not a problem. Your little video at 0:42 shows these lenses nicely.
    I've been driving for 50 years, the last thing I want is a smeary, white screen.
    Post script: I've just got a new-to-me Lexus, the side windows are like your screen, lots of blobs and I can't see a damn thing.

  20. Just a heads up…. you can’t scratch glass with a razor. It’s physically impossible. Glass is harder than the razor and will not cause any damage. U could press hard with a blade and it won’t do anything

  21. I wanna buy a chav car, make it a proper chav car with a subwoofer in there.. but I'll clean and repair everything before creating a absolutes cringemobile – so thanks for letting me learn more about cars and fixing em 😀

  22. The glare from these headlights these days that are entirely too bright and they’re dangerous to people coming at them…if u can’t see the damned road cuz cutsie pies brand new vehicle has led headlights and u have to slow down to nothing or off the road till they pass…that should be illegal….if like to take and smash out the damned things cuz I’ve had some prick pull up on my bumper with leds and then had his brights on…I couldn’t see anything and about went head on with a semi…did that stop the pos from tailgating me and blighting me? Nope! Sob thought it was funny till I pulled off the road quickly and made him pass then pulled out behind him…he’s lucky I don’t have deadly ass led headlights like him…Hope those of u who have those damned things realize that ur not the only people on the road and ur damned headlights kill people…bs

  23. I also been using paste wax on my phone screen for years now ! No BS!!! Smoother scrolling and faster response than a new phone ! its awesome ! 🤘😎

  24. When you mentioned car wax, I knew you were on task. I've been waxing my windshields for decades. learned about clay bar! Thanks ChrisFix! Found you from your Prius battery swap video. No Prius, but I know people who do. SUBSCRIBED

  25. I agree with pretty much everything Chris says in this video. The windows are the second largest part of your car. And clean windows are a must for safety. Little scuffs and large dirty spots on my windshield drive me NUTS!!!. I'm happy to see someone else that feels this way. Chris really takes it over the top by focusing on the inside, outside and very detailed spots like the edges. I again agree that all of these are super important for clean and frustratingly-free views while driving. Chris really takes it too extremes and even teaches me, a 61 year driving buff, new tricks about cleaning car windows. Like using car wax and Mr Clean Magic Erasers. What a genuous! I have super greasy streaks on my 2011 KIA Optima, that I got from accidentally spraying Tire Black on the inside of my windshield, and have never been able to get rid of it. I can't wait to try these new cleaning methods! It may sound super anal, but I'm excited about trying these new tricks. Thank you so much Chris! JRM

  26. Clay bar? Didn’t he say it’s used on the paint?
    If I used this on my truck I’d need about a hundred pounds to get it finished

  27. My windshield has little fine lines …. How can I clear these fuzzies up for an awesome finish like what's on your Corvette.? Thanks,

  28. I had learned from a different youtuber to try NuFinish on your windshield instead of wax . Found that really works well and last about 6 months in Ohio weather. So I do it in the Springish time and then fall-ish time. Oh… and try to get Silicon Wiper blades… cost more but last so much longer.

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