Streaks and smudging on tinted windows

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  1. Coder

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    This could also be in the washing forum, but I'm noticing it now that I'm in a winter climate. I have a 2013 RT with tinted windows, and at night, I can barely see out of them. They streak and glare. I'm afraid to bring the car into a washing service because the windows are tinted, and I'm also not sure what to use to clean the windows without causing any peel-up.

    Any suggestions? I'm finding it increasingly difficult to see at night out of my front windows. Also, because it almost always has some precipitation here in Oregon (unlike Florida, which is where I used to live), my outside windows are also streaked constantly. Is there anything I can use to keep both inside and outside streak free without damage?

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    Back when I had tinted windows in another vehicle, they told me to use a vinegar based window cleaner. I'm sure a few of our detail guys will chime in later on though.
     
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    I have been using rubbing alcohol... mixed 50/50 with water... you can use it liberaly on the outside to dissolve oils and other road grime... and just a light mist on the inside.. make sure your micro fiber towels are clean, and plentiful... the alcohol will evaporate as you wipe off, usually it ends up streak free...
     
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    Do not use any products that have ammonia.
     
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    ^^^^ x2. Use newspaper.
     
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    Well, if you can not see at night because of the tinted windows, for your own safety I would get rid of the tinted window plastic as soon as possible before you can't see some one , please safety first ,
     
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    No @Kustom1950ford, it's not the tint. Thanks for your words of wisdom, though.

    When I drove at night in Florida, visibility was excellent. In fact, it tended to reduce the glare of oncoming headlights, but still make everything outside visible. What's happening here (in Oregon) is the temperature and moisture is different, and I'm getting condensation outside, a little inside, and the smudges (probably from the cross-country trip) are much more pronounced. Inside, it's a cleaning that's needed. Outside, I am thinking of some kind of anit-rain coating (I've heard of them, but never used them).

    Thanks!
     
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    Ok , glad to hear that, Hope you get your vision at night resolved.
     
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    Use a clay bar system on the outside . Removes gunk and residue. I use a clean t shirt wet with plain water on the tint inside.
     
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    I also use the same wax that I use on the body of my car on the outside of windows. I use my buffer to remove. Helps rain to roll off.
     
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    Don't use Windex or cleaner on tint. Turns it purple.
     

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