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Old 12-17-2009, 12:03 AM   #1
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Oil on the windshield

Yeah...I got oil on my windshield.

A week ago today, I was in typical I-5 gridlock traffic in downtown Seattle and got stuck behind a city bus. This bus was blowing oil out the tailpipe and it got all over the front of my vehicle. I took my vehicle through a carwash and got it all off the front clip, but there's still a film on the windshield that I CANNOT get rid of. My wipers just smear and smear. I've used damn near every kind of cleaning agent I know of to get this crap off of my windshield, but have been unsuccessful in removing it thus far. I've even replaced the wiper blades......three times.....since this little incident! The wiping action still sucks, no matter what I do.

I'm quickly approaching the point of getting a new windshield installed just so I can have some normal wiping action from my wipers. This is NOT the time of year up here in this part of the country to have a constantly smearing windshield.

Anybody have any suggestions on what to use to get rid of this oily film?
Old 12-17-2009, 12:16 AM   #2
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Re: Oil on the windshield

how bout some greasefighting dish detergent
Old 12-17-2009, 12:18 AM   #3
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Re: Oil on the windshield

Diesel may work,if you havent tried it yet. it may still leave a residue on tho..i use it to wash my hands at the shop,the dawn to get the diesel off haha. yea,its gotta suck in seattle with shitty wipers.
Old 12-17-2009, 12:26 AM   #4
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Re: Oil on the windshield

Quote: Originally Posted by parky?
how bout some greasefighting dish detergent
Have not tried that. That never even crossed my mind. Thanks for that suggestion!

Isn't Dawn what they use to clean up animals that are victims of oil spills? Now that you mentioned grease fighting dish detergent, it seems like I remember seeing a commercial or reading about that somewhere...

Quote: Originally Posted by DFitty
yea,its gotta suck in seattle with shitty wipers.
This time of year? Absolutely!
Old 12-17-2009, 01:02 AM   #5
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Re: Oil on the windshield

yea this happens more often that id like, i just use kitchen degreaser and spray it all over it, let it sit for about 5 minutes then spray it again, rub it around with a kinda rough towell (terry? i dunno nothign that will scratch but somehting thats got some bite) then hose whatevers left off
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Re: Oil on the windshield

i ran through a puddle of oil the other day and it got on the windshield, the rain seemed to do a good job of washing it off for me
Old 12-17-2009, 01:54 AM   #7
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Re: Oil on the windshield

definitely try some dishwashing soap or try laundry detergent. . .both products usually contain grease fighting agents. . .if you use either soap or detergent, make sure you use very warm water, the warmer the better. . .using your garden house or the cold water out of the local car wash won't help break down the oil like warm/hot water will. . .
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Re: Oil on the windshield

grease lighting
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Re: Oil on the windshield

Quote: Originally Posted by Merritt
i ran through a puddle of oil the other day and it got on the windshield, the rain seemed to do a good job of washing it off for me
musta been a huge puddle of oil to splash onto the windshield....u sure it wasn't dirty water?
Old 12-17-2009, 09:47 PM   #10
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Re: Oil on the windshield

What about some simple green or any kind or degreaser cleaner type stuff
Old 12-17-2009, 10:20 PM   #11
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denatured alcohol or acetone just be careful of the paint
Old 12-17-2009, 10:24 PM   #12
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Re: Oil on the windshield

tide powder
in a warm bucket of water and a wash mit. I half to take oil off windshields all the time from undercoating vehicles, might take 2 washes all depending on how thick it is
Old 12-17-2009, 10:45 PM   #13
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Re: Oil on the windshield

as mention, dish detergent, laundry detergent, or lemon juice
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i vote alcohol or acetone
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Re: Oil on the windshield

Quote: Originally Posted by dimerunner88
musta been a huge puddle of oil to splash onto the windshield....u sure it wasn't dirty water?
nah, it got on the side of the truck too, and i thought i had busted something and was leaking oil
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Re: Oil on the windshield

wtf is tide powder
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laundry detergent, you must not wash clothes that often
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Re: Oil on the windshield

Almost any kind of degreaser/cleaner.
Old 12-18-2009, 02:34 AM   #19
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ohhh, i for some reason thought it had to do with something from the beach or ocean. im gonna stop posting now.
Old 12-18-2009, 03:00 AM   #20
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Re: Oil on the windshield

hahah how drunk are you?
Old 12-18-2009, 03:40 AM   #21
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Re: Oil on the windshield

Update time!

I used some Dawn dishsoap in some very warm water and used a sponge to apply it to the windshield. I let it sit for 5 mins, then went back with a terry towel and wiped the entire windshield down. Then I rinsed with warm water. I did this 4 times. I also put on ANOTHER set of wiper blades.

So far, so good; the major streaks are now gone. Haven't driven in much more than a light mist tonight, but so far it seems to have worked.
Old 12-18-2009, 04:07 AM   #22
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Re: Oil on the windshield

a good degreaser should rip that shit rite off
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Re: Oil on the windshield

Alcohol on a rag.
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Quote: Originally Posted by parky?
ohhh, i for some reason thought it had to do with something from the beach or ocean. im gonna stop posting now.


that made my day
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Re: Oil on the windshield

gojo or orange cleaner.
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Re: Oil on the windshield

I've used aerosol carb/brake contact cleaner on some oily spots on a window before. Made the window "squeaky" clean when I was done.

Later, Doug

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Old 12-18-2009, 08:23 AM   #27
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Re: Oil on the windshield

We used to use 3M adhesive remover before running it through the wash when I worked for Mazda back in highschool.
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Re: Oil on the windshield

Well, today wasn't much of a rainy day to test out my cleaning efforts. However, now I really do have an excuse to get a new windshield, because this happened on my way to Fort Lewis this morning:



Apparently another vehicle kicked up a rock or something that made contact with my windshield. I didn't see the rock (or whatever it was) when it hit the windshield. However, the noise it made when coming into contact with the windshield nearly made me jump out of my skin!
Old 12-18-2009, 10:04 PM   #29
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Re: Oil on the windshield

Yeah shit hitting the windshield scares the shit outta me, then again I flinch when I see leaves floating towards it as well.
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crc industrial degreaser ftmfw
Old 12-19-2009, 01:06 AM   #31
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Quote: Originally Posted by parky?
wtf is tide powder
it comes in a box.its really good stuff
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