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      12-09-2019, 05:32 PM   #1
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Cleaning the Windows is a nightmare

Has anybody had success cleaning the windows in their M3s? for some reason, I have tried 5 types of towels, different glass cleaners, to no avail. Smudges, and residue are a given, plus lint all over the windows. I used the same towels and cleaners in my other cars and the windows are always left sparkling clean.

Did BMW put some sort of wax on the windows?...weird
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      12-10-2019, 05:46 AM   #2
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Rag company 16x16 pluffle with any decent glass cleaner
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Clean them off normally then use wet magic eraser sponges, and then clean them again normally just making sure you use good 2 towel (wet/dry) technique.

The magic eraser is great at removing any residues and is especially effective at renewing the interior sides of your windscreens. You may need to vacuum any particles up so I usually cover the dash with a towel to prevent them from getting trapped in the speaker grille or behind the iDrive screen.

If you have to go another level deeper you can use a dual action polisher on the glass or chemicals
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Clean them off normally then use wet magic eraser sponges, and then clean them again normally just making sure you use good 2 towel (wet/dry) technique.

The magic eraser is great at removing any residues and is especially effective at renewing the interior sides of your windscreens. You may need to vacuum any particles up so I usually cover the dash with a towel to prevent them from getting trapped in the speaker grille or behind the iDrive screen.

If you have to go another level deeper you can use a dual action polisher on the glass or chemicals

I know, first world problem, but I like your suggestion. I will try that, thanks
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Steel wool nr:0000 and window cleaner. The steelwool will remove all debrees and fat but not scratch at all. Never use towel that's been washed with some sort of perfume/ softening chemicals, that will make the window looking like crap. Always wipe them until they are totally dry.
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      12-10-2019, 04:22 PM   #6
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Steel wool + tint = bad.

I just use news print and it leaves nothing behind.
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Has anybody had success cleaning the windows in their M3s? for some reason, I have tried 5 types of towels, different glass cleaners, to no avail. Smudges, and residue are a given, plus lint all over the windows. I used the same towels and cleaners in my other cars and the windows are always left sparkling clean.

Did BMW put some sort of wax on the windows?...weird
Can you specifically list the products used? Please don't use steel wool or a magic eraser on your windows...you can definitely get scratches and then you'll have to polish your glass.

A really good rule of thumb in detailing is always go with the least aggressive method first and then work your way up. Once we know what you have been using or get some pics we can help you resolve the real issue.
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      12-25-2019, 07:54 AM   #8
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The best way to clean windows and always does the trick is use newspapers and windex without ammonia. No fibers and no streaks and it leaves the cleanest windows and two arms very sore
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I’ve more or less settled on using either (1) Optimum No Rinse (wash and shine, blue version) followed by a very light coat of Beadmaker or (2) invisible glass rain repel.

That said, if I’m drying after a wash and happen to be using Optimum’s Optiseal as a drying aid, I’ll use that as well on the windows.

Interiors, I use either Adams glass cleaner or the basic version of Invisible Glass (I’ve got a tint to contend with). Both used quite sparingly as technically we should only need to use distilled water, from what I’ve read.

For towels, I will sometimes use a waffle weave or a dedicated glass towel, but most of the time I use whatever inexpensive towel that is handy.
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      12-25-2019, 03:32 PM   #10
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Sprayway, Sprayway & Sprayway.

Interior use 2 clothes. One wet for the initial wipe and a 2nd to finish. Must be lint free. Dry the microfiber first to remove lint. Also, never use fabric softener on the towels. You may have to do them twice if you're after perfection. Really clean glass is tough.

For exterior same, but as mentioned, fine grade steel wool helps with contaminant removal.
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Panel wipe - simple.
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      12-27-2019, 04:00 PM   #12
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91% IPA will work well

We typically use glass cleaner, but when that doesnt work well, we go with 91% IPA and have zero issues. On tinted windows, i wouldnt use IPA though, just more glass cleaner and elbow grease
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      12-28-2019, 12:19 AM   #13
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Always use dedicated towels only for glass cleaning and wash them separately with special microfiber detergent from Chemical Guys. This makes all the difference. Other than that, I use Invisible Glass on the inside and Bead Maker on the outside.
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Use a waffle towel and isopropyl alcohol. Works perfectly
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