Windshield Coating Removal

Discussion in 'Car Discussion' started by SpectreR3, Oct 12, 2017 at 7:27 AM.

  1. SpectreR3

    SpectreR3 Learning to Fly Beginner User

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    It looks like there's an aquapel (it's def not rainx as that comes off easily) coating on my windshield. What can I use to strip it all off? My last 2 vehicles I used GYEON VIEW Q2. And would like to apply it to this vehicle as well. But not before somehow getting this old coating off?
     
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  2. PY004

    PY004 Premium Member Beginner User Premium Member

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    For RainX, you can use their Xtreme Clean remover thingy. I heard using white vinegar and water mixture does good job also, but have not verified it. Or you can wait like 2 weeks and the product usually doesn't last very long.

    If it's Aquapel, good luck with that. I've been waiting for 2 years for it to wear off on one of my car because it makes my wipers stutter. I've tried everything with no success.
     
  3. RobK

    RobK Premium Member Intermediate User Premium Member

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    Alcohol or acetone should do it.
     
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  4. SpectreR3

    SpectreR3 Learning to Fly Beginner User

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    I hadn't gotten a reply from Aqualpel. But autogeek.net said to use a compound then polish and it should take it off. Then. Clean with glass cleaner.
     
  5. PY004

    PY004 Premium Member Beginner User Premium Member

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    Alcohol has no effect. Windshield cleaning fluids are made of alcohol and as a result, both RainX and Aquapel are designed to be resistant towards it.

    I would imagine the same with acetone and RainX. Aquapel does not come off with acetone. I tried that already.

    With Aquapel, compound also fails to take it off. I was told to try paint thinner, but that's a little too strong for me to feel safe doing.
     
  6. crabu2

    crabu2 Learning to Drive General User

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    No idea how to get this stuff off, but I'm now interested in the GYEON VIEW Q2.

    With RainX, sometimes my ws gets cloudy, does this stuff do the same? How long does it last?

    Thanks!
     
  7. Deacon

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    Out of curiosity, why are you trying to take off the aquapel? I was about to apply some to my windshield for the first time. Is there some reason not to?
     
  8. RobK

    RobK Premium Member Intermediate User Premium Member

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    Then I would imagine paint thinner would work.

    One of the solvents has to work.
     
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  9. PY004

    PY004 Premium Member Beginner User Premium Member

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    For some reason on my cars, they cause the wipers to skip and the resulting noise really gets on my nerves.
     
  10. rider9195

    rider9195 PSL +15 Advanced User

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    I have used CarPro ceriglass polish to help clean up windshields.

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  11. hiddencam

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    If solvents don't work, try a wet Magic Eraser and some elbow grease. If it doesn't get it off, maybe it'll polish the aquapel coating and make the wiper stuttering go away?

    I use Aquapel and love the stuff.
     
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  12. SpectreR3

    SpectreR3 Learning to Fly Beginner User

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    Wiper hop and whoever put it on did a poor job. There's some streaks. And. There's more on the drivers side than passenger side and it drives me nuts. But. I've been using the other brand I've mentioned. As it last well over a year. Almost 2. But I apply it every 12 months
     
  13. spongebobradarpants

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    The real problem with rain-x is it's silicone based. You really can't dissolve silicone with many or sometimes any commonly available solvents.
     
  14. PY004

    PY004 Premium Member Beginner User Premium Member

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    But at least RainX doesn't last very long. Aquapel is currently my worst enemy.
     
  15. spongebobradarpants

    spongebobradarpants currently in boating school Intermediate User

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    Yeah, I never tried aquapel myself because, when you do the math, it's not any cheaper than rain-x per application if you apply both properly. And I believe rain-x starts shedding the water a bit faster. The fact that you only have to apply it a few times a year instead of every month wasn't a factor for me.
     
  16. Driver66

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    I don't know if it will take it off but don't be afraid to use Laquer thinner. I've used it many times on glass, it may leave a bit off a smearyness. But it's usually just what's left of whatever your breaking down, a little polish shines it right up. I should add a buffer is a plus and makes the job waaay faster.
     
  17. aim4squirrels

    aim4squirrels PSL +15 Advanced User

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    Carpro ceriglass and their rayon polishing pad will remove it, and glass with it. That's what you use to remove wiper gouged lines for cars that see a lot of sand.

    I would wager a heavy compound like meguiars M105 would work as well, but if you don't have a dedicated buffing machine to work it in, you might as well just use harsh language for all the good it'll do you.
     
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  18. PY004

    PY004 Premium Member Beginner User Premium Member

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    I tried both. RainX seems to last about 2 weeks depending on the wiper usage. After 2 weeks, it's still on there, but the beading effect is diminished.

    It seems Aquapel is not as hydrophobic as RainX. But that damn thing last quite a while. I have a car that had an application in January 2015 (I remember because I froze my hands applying it) and that thing is still on there. Not as effective as the first day I applied it. But still good enough I don't have to reapply it. The water still beads up and will fly off the windshield once you reach 40mph.

    On my cars, both products causes excessive wiper chatter and you can see the wipers skid across the windshield. I've been trying to remove them for ages with no luck. I'm pretty sure paint thinner will work. but I am EXTREMELY afraid to do that. My last encounter with paint thinner was quite memorable and I got to drive around a pokadotted car for a few weeks until it got repainted.
     
  19. spongebobradarpants

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    My rain-x usually lasts a month or two personally, I screwed it up with an attempted home formulation of windshield wiper fluid, it removes most of it within a few sprays now. I think I'll go back to rubbing alcohol and water for the winter, that never seemed to remove it.
     
  20. Driver66

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    X2. All true. That Meguiars M105 is no joke. If it will take paint off with a wool bonnet, which it will easily, it will definitely take aquapel off. But you should really have some experience with the machine and that setup. It will do damage to painted, plastic or rubber trim if your not careful.