Parts Catalog Accessories Catalog How To Articles Tech Forums
Call Pelican Parts at 888-280-7799
Shopping Cart Cart | Project List | Order Status | Help




Go Back   PeachParts Mercedes-Benz Forum > Mercedes-Benz Tech Information and Support > Detailing and Interior

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 02-24-2005, 02:45 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Cape Fear, NC
Posts: 27
Side window 'water marks'

The '96 E320 I bought a few months back has water marks, i.e. vertical streaking, on the driver's side side windows. This streaking is quite obvious from outside but almost not noticable from inside the car.

When I inquired at an auto glass shop I was told this streaking couldn't be cleaned off and was quoted a price of $315 to replace the two windows (didn't include the little triangular one).

I then asked at the local MB dealership and was told that the streaking could be removed using very fine steel wool, but was also told that you had to be very careful and thoroughly wash the vehicle afterwards to avoid having the steel wool dust lodge and embed in the paint, then later RUST, ruining the exterior.

Anyone have any experience to share regarding trying this? Or is there some mild acid solution I could safely try that might work?

Thanks for any help.

Ron
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 02-24-2005, 03:44 PM
TX76513's Avatar
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Brandon, Mississippi
Posts: 5,203
I wouldn't use steel wool even "000". If it's water marks use some C.L.R. on a cloth that should remove the mineral deposit. Even some Bon-ami on a mosit cloth could do the trick.
__________________
BENZ THERE DONE THAThttp://www.peachparts.com/shopforum/...c/progress.gif
15 VW Passat TDI
00 E420
98 E300 DT
97 E420 Donor Car - NEED PARTS? PM ME!
97 S500
97 E300D
86 Holden Jackaroo Turbo D
86 300SDL
(o\|/o)
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 02-24-2005, 06:12 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Cape Fear, NC
Posts: 27
Thanks for the suggestions.
Bon-ami I know of. What is C.L.R?
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 02-25-2005, 05:44 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Cape Fear, NC
Posts: 27
For those who may be interested:
I went to the market to buy a can of Bon-ami, but bought Bar Keepers Friend instead. Although non-abrasive, the B-a cautioned against use on glass, while the "slightly abrasive" BKF did not.
The instructions suggested making a paste, applying, letting sit for a 'minute', then rubbing and wiping off. I made a gruel instead, as it was windy here today and about 45 degrees (though sunny).
I experimented on the little triangular window first (about .4sf in area) and was shocked at how well this simple potion worked. I spread it on with a small kitchen sponge, let it sit for, at most, 15 sec.'s, then scrubbed in small circular motions (like waxing the exterior) for 45- 60 sec.'s. I then wiped the residue with the clean portion of the sponge and finished wiping with a paper towel and...voila! Stains gone.
It took me just over an hour to do the three side windows working smallish sections at a time - and I had to do several sections twice - but the result is quite amazing.
The can of BKF was $1.99.
I also picked up a Mr Clean 'Magic Eraser' which someone else here suggested trying to clean the vinyl on dashes, tried it on both the dash and the leather seats; and it worked very well on both. You simply wet, squeeze mostly dry, then rub gently. Two pads for $2.05, and they're reusable.
Ron

Last edited by c_ron; 02-25-2005 at 05:47 PM. Reason: misspelling
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 02-25-2005, 05:47 PM
TX76513's Avatar
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Brandon, Mississippi
Posts: 5,203
Quote:
Originally Posted by c_ron
Thanks for the suggestions.
Bon-ami I know of. What is C.L.R?
CLR is the name of a product (awesome stuff) I believe the initials stand for Calcium, Lime, Rust. Should be availble at any "box" store.
__________________
BENZ THERE DONE THAThttp://www.peachparts.com/shopforum/...c/progress.gif
15 VW Passat TDI
00 E420
98 E300 DT
97 E420 Donor Car - NEED PARTS? PM ME!
97 S500
97 E300D
86 Holden Jackaroo Turbo D
86 300SDL
(o\|/o)
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 02-25-2005, 06:38 PM
MTI's Avatar
MTI MTI is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Posts: 10,626
I've used the fine steel wool (paint department) on the windows without any damage to the windows, along with a product called "Diamond Magic" to remove severe waterspotting. It works.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 03-02-2005, 06:39 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: SoCal
Posts: 3
For hard water spots

Try a mixture of Vinegar/Alcohol/Water, in a spray bottle...it works.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 03-05-2005, 10:58 AM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Salinas, CA
Posts: 1
Side window 'water marks'

i used polishing compound and scratch remover ~turtle wax ~ on my car ...... glass looks like brand new......
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 03-10-2005, 09:55 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 490
Clay Bar!! enjoy
__________________
1986 300e
Pete

Check out my mb parts auctions here!

3rd Brake light repair kit for W124 W126 W201
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
74 280C Side rear window seals dquance Vintage Mercedes Forum 0 02-14-2005 08:59 PM
'92 300SE Need Side Window Glass mpayne Mercedes-Benz Used Parts For Sale & Wanted 1 05-18-2004 10:32 AM
Radiator blew up Scott98 Diesel Discussion 15 02-24-2004 07:57 PM
Passenger side rear window stopped working Ducati Diesel Discussion 9 06-03-2003 08:37 AM
Water damage to window regulators rebeccab Tech Help 0 03-23-2002 09:30 AM



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:19 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0
Copyright 2018 Pelican Parts, LLC - Posts may be archived for display on the Peach Parts or Pelican Parts Website -    DMCA Registered Agent Contact Page