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We demonstrate how to make the windshield of your RV or car cleaner and clearer. We’ll show you how to improve the clarity of the glass and improve visibility.
After a little time goes by, every windshield gets a little hazy. That goes double for autos that are towed right behind a large motorhome. Using our toad (towed car), we show you how to use fine steel wool, Rain-X and Invisible Glass to make your view just a little bit clearer.
Although our car’s windshield has a lot of little nicks from over 9 years of being towed around North America, we still want to keep it as clear as possible. Regular washing can’t remove the fine dirt that gets into the pores of the glass, so we use a little detailer’s trick that we learned years ago: 0000 steel wool. While you’d expect that steel wool would scratch the glass, it’s exactly the opposite. Just like furniture makers use extra-fine steel wool to rub out the surface of the wood after each coat of stain, it polishes glass the same way. Everybody we’ve told about this little detailing trick seemed really surprised that steel wool does not scratch glass.
UPDATE: A viewer wrote to say that he experienced some areas of scratching after trying this. We’ve never heard of it scratching before, so we just did a little Googling, and while there seem to be some people who question using steel wool, others swear by it. Some also think you should never us a razor blade on glass, and others do it all the time. One suggestion was to use wet steel wool (of course it will then rust, so pitch it afterwards). Another mentioned buying something called “Poli-Flex Rubberized Clayblock” for cleaning. Although we cannot guarantee that scratching is impossible, many people who’ve tried steel wool since seeing this video have been thrilled with the results. And we think it’s possible that the scratches some people see when trying this technique aren’t in the glass… but are in a wax build-up on the windshield. Either way, proceed slowly and with caution and at your own risk.
NOTE: We mention using fine 0000 steel wool in this video. It is EXTREMELY FLAMMABLE, and care should be used in storing and using it. To see our video demonstrating how to start a fire using only steel wool and a 9-volt battery, CLICK HERE.
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Even though we're handy RVers, we're not professional technicians. So although we're happy with the techniques and products we use, you should be sure to confirm that all methods and materials are compatible with your equipment and abilities. Regardless of what we recommend, consult a professional if you're unsure about working on your RV. Any task you perform or product you purchase based on any information we provide is strictly at your own risk.