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    Question Hard water spots on windows?

    I just got named Steward for our oncall EMS Company - not even
    sure what I'm sposed to do yet... but I do know one problem
    we have - we wash our rigs after almost every call, especially
    in the New England winter. And since they NEVER get dried
    after washing, all the windows have water spots on them
    that just won't come off.

    What can I use to get them off that won't harm the aluminum
    molding?

    And any hints on how a Steward "ensures all equipment is
    maintained"?

    thanks!

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    I Have found that when you are scrubbing the truck, put some diswashing detergent on the brush, and scrub the windows. It has always worked for us.

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    If it is any consolation, our water has so much sulfur in it, that AFTER we wash it, it smells more like a fire than before we washed it.
    Even the burger-flippers at McDonald's probably have some McWackers.

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    Try Ammonia!

    I've used it on my POV when the windshield gets particularly cruddy. Wear gloves, pour a bit on paper towels and go to town. Your eyes will soon be watering and your nose won't know what hit it, but man the stuff cleans.

    Then RAIN-X the windshield. Make sure you buff the Rain-x well so it doesn't glare at night.

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    Ammonia is a gas not a cleaner. It's what it is mixed with that does the cleaning.

    Rain X works great on the mirrors too.

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    Rain-X makes (made) a glass polish that is slightly abrasive... almost like a toothpaste. The stuff works great on water spots. However, I can no longer find it in stores. Go figure.

    Anyway, once you are able to get the water spots off (or if the vehicle is new) DEFINETLY use the standard Rain-X on it. I also found in POV's that using Rain-X windshield washer fluid maintains the initial Rain-X application for a very long time.

    UPDATE: Read this info. Good stuff.
    http://www.rainx.com/faq_body.htm

    They've got all kinds of good products here. Just wonder where the heck you buy them all. Under automotive glass products, the polish is at the bottom.
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    TRY CLEANING THE WINDOWS WITH A LITTLE WHITE VINEGAR AND WATER (50/50 MIX), THEN POLISH THE WINDOWS WITH RAIN-X... WORKS GREAT ON MY RIG !!

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    We had our water from each of our 4 stations sent out to a lab and they fugured that there is too much iron in the water... They suggested that we use a special truck wash... It's made by eco-lab and it uses a dispenser, so all you do is put the bucket that you are using under it and push a button and it mixes the water and the detergent, using the right proportion... So far it's working great, no more water spots and the paint finish works alot better...

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    I've used a product called Gel Gloss. It comes in a red can, like liquid car wax. It's used in the marine world for fiberglass, plastic, lexan, etc., but it works great on glass too. Try it on your light bars, you'll be amazed.
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    Break the window and have the insurance company pay for a new one..

    My old department had that problem and mustve tried every kind of compound and rememdy ever known.. but when it comes down to it... its actually etched into the glass..

    The various minerals that deposit on your windshields are eating away at the glass.. and even though its not a big hole, its enough to make a mark.. so unless u get another windshield.. they are there to stay..
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    Here's a cheap and easy alternative, put baby oil in the water next time you wash the rig. It makes the water run-off better, hence, no water spots. It also makes the paint job shin without waxing.
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