Windshield cleaning

Discussion in 'General Maintenance/Repair Questions' started by Sean Strama, Feb 19, 2018.

  1. Sean Strama

    Sean Strama New Member

    Jan 1, 2018
    Jacksonville FL
    2012 240SD, Garmin 740S
    5.0L MPI
    Good day all. I recently purchased a used 2012 240SD. Over all the boat is very clean but the windshield has heavy water spots on it, so heavy in fact I have to look over the windshield to see. I have tried a Brillo pad in a small area on the side with little effect. Does anyone have any advice on how to remove or reduce these spots? I know new glass is ridiculously priced so that's not an option for me. Any ideas or help would be greatly appreciated.
  2. sbw1

    sbw1 Well-Known Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    West Michigan
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    Whoa! Brillo pad? Would stay away from that. Steel wool is harsh and the debris from it will rust on your boat. Assuming this is salt you are dealing with or hard water spots a good washing with some vinegar water is likely to solve the problem. You will need to polish and wax the boat after it is clean.
  3. Sean Strama

    Sean Strama New Member

    Jan 1, 2018
    Jacksonville FL
    2012 240SD, Garmin 740S
    5.0L MPI
    Thanks. Iv'e used Brillo pads before to clean car windshields and it works pretty good. Figured I'd give it a shot but I wasn't sure do I did a very small corner on the side in case it didn't work out. It doesn't look any different. I'll try the vinegar and water idea. tonight. Thanks for the tip!
  4. CliffA

    CliffA Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Dec 29, 2009
    Lake Norman, NC
    2001 Sea Ray 340DA
    Name: 'Happy Place'
    4.5kW West. Generator
    Purchased Nov. 2014
    Fresh Water Use
    Twin Merc. 6.2L (MPI)
    Raw Water Cooled
    V-Drive Transmissions
    you can use Scotch pads with a heavy duty windshield cleaner to remove water spots.....then follow up with a polish....I have done this with success....

  5. Sean Strama

    Sean Strama New Member

    Jan 1, 2018
    Jacksonville FL
    2012 240SD, Garmin 740S
    5.0L MPI
    Thanks Cliff. I'll try that also. They are really bugging me!
  6. stg099

    stg099 Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jun 30, 2013
    2004 280 Sundancer
    4.3 Mercs/Alpha
    This kind of piggybacks on an earlier suggestion, but I've had very good luck with machine polishing glass to get water marks out. You can use a heavy or medium cut polish on a rotary or random orbital with a compounding pad and get some darn good results.
  7. bbwhitejr

    bbwhitejr Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Apr 14, 2013
    Lake Lanier GA
    2007 44DB
    Cummins QSC 8.3s
    I have had good success as well with a wool pad on a rotary and heavy compound. On the same hand, I have had some success with 000 Brillo pad and vinegar. The brillo pad will not harm a car windshield.

  8. QT1

    QT1 Active Member

    Oct 20, 2016
    Belair, MD
    1990 350 Sundancer, "Quality Time II". Avon rib w/ Yamaha 4 stroke. Upgraded Raymarine GPS/radar.
    7.4 Mercruisers
    I would definitely go with the polishing. It works for my boat and customers boats I detail
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  9. Sean Strama

    Sean Strama New Member

    Jan 1, 2018
    Jacksonville FL
    2012 240SD, Garmin 740S
    5.0L MPI
    All good ideas. I'll try them and see what happens. Thanks again all!

  10. Woody

    Woody Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Nov 20, 2007
    N. Wisconsin/Lk Superior
    2005 420DA
    Cummins 6CTA8.3
    How about hull cleaner? Any I've tried will remove stubborn water spots off gelcoat, I'd think they'd work on windshields too.
  11. dwna1a

    dwna1a Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Apr 23, 2012
    James River
    88 Weekender 300 "Seahorse"
    Twins 350
    Go to window cleaning resource, order some A1 window polish and some white pads and blue pads. I've been using it for over four years now. You must reseal the glass after you have removed the spots. There are many YouTube videos out there showing you how to do this.

    The bad news now. Using the steel wool pad is a big no no, you may have scratched the glass. Also no lime away or CLR, nothing more course than a white pad, no green pads.
  12. Bop

    Bop Active Member

    Sep 3, 2013
    Georgian Bay/Lake Huron
    2001 410 Express, Highfield DL350 w/40hp Yamaha
    Cat 3126
    For hard water try cleaning vinegar. Works great for me.
  13. joeyleggz

    joeyleggz Member

    Jan 15, 2013
    long island
    current boat: 1997 sea ray 330 express cruiser
    twin 454's efi
    Get out your buffer put some rubbing compound on it and have it all auto detailing guys do that to the windshields

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