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Old 11-07-2000, 05:52 AM
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Hello guys. How are you? Well, I was wondering what I should do to clean tinted windows inside the cars. I know i can't use any chemical on them since it will ruin the tint. Is there such thing as Amonia-free Windex? Is it safe to use on tinted windows? Or should I just use wet towel followed by paper towel to clean tinted windows? Any other suggestions? Thank you so much for your time. Take care.
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Old 11-11-2000, 02:26 PM
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hello. Well, i am hoping you guys will answer this one for me thank you~
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Old 10-02-2001, 02:41 AM
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AMGCClass,

I would only use water to clean my tinted windows. Take a semi-damp cloth and wipe it down. Then let it sit for a minute or so to dry, then chase it with a dry towel. It should leave you streak-less shine w/o chemicals. Hope this helps.



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Old 10-03-2001, 01:50 AM
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Water on a clean chamois (or fake chamois) is best. Do not use paper towels or newsprint as they will scratch the tint big time. A clean 100% cotton cloth will work too.

Also, I'd recommend a knife, like the one I have in my car. It has a blade about three inchs in length and is serated. Kinda like a steak knife. I tell my passengers that I use it to cut off fingers that touch my tint. Very inspirational. And it works too.

Just my $.02
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Old 10-06-2001, 10:43 AM
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I would use a mixture of about a cup of distilled water to a couple tablespoons of white distilled vinegar. You can use regular water, but I like to use distilled to keep any mineral deposits (ie streaks) off the window.
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Old 10-06-2001, 11:37 AM
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There are a lot of glass cleaners which are safe for tinted windows -- just look for 'em at your favorite auto parts store. I've never had any problems with hurting the tint as long as I used one of these products specifically made for auto glass and which said "safe for tinted windows" on the can.

I agree with using 100% cotton, not paper.

There is a product called "Invisible Glass" which is advertised in Car & Driver and similar mags, which is said to be quite good. For $20 they'll send you 3 cans and a couple cotton cloths. I haven't tried it myself.
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Old 10-16-2001, 01:07 PM
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There is a product called Sparkle that will work on tinted windows without harm. It comes in a "Windex-like" bottle and is purple. You can find it in most auto and general-purpose stores...newer tint products are a bit more resistant to ammonia-based products, but Sparkle was recommended to me by a tint installer who did my 73 Bug back in 1986...tint is still intact and the original color.

...as others have posted, tint does scratch easily, so avoid abrasive paper products.

BTW, newer vehicles (especially vans and SUVs) come from the factory with tint laminates on their rear and hatch windows, so avoid using paper towels on those surfaces too.

Some dealers aren't clued in to this though, as the dimwit who sold me a brand new 94 Honda Passport off the showroom went about removing the window sticker with a razor blade...dealership had to replace the window!
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