WOW! Streak Free Cleaning Technique
We at WindshieldWOW! take perfectly clear windshields seriously, and we have a lot of experience with cleaning windshields and know the perfect technique to get your windshield perfectly clean and clear-just like it was a brand new windshield. After all, we invented the first magnetic windshield cleaner!
The WindshieldWOW! is the perfect tool for cleaning your windshield because 1) it allows YOU to clean BOTH SIDES simultaneously and 2) it applies super firm cleaning pressure so you don’t have to. But the important thing to understand is that the WindshieldWOW! is just the tool, and YOU still are doing the cleaning. The WindshieldWOW! isn't a smart device that automatically does the cleaning for you--or knows how dirty, grimy and oily your windshield is. Only YOU know this. So its up to YOU to use the proper technique for the conditions you observe while cleaning your windshield with the WindshieldWOW!
The following technique, if followed with the WindsheildWOW! will provide you the perfect streak-free results every time.
Basic Rules to Follow Whenever Cleaning Your Windshield:
Rule 1: Never, ever clean your windshield in the direct hot sun! Why? Because the hot sun causes rapid evaporation of the cleaning solution before cleaning is complete, leaving behind dirt and grime. It is best to clean your windshield in the shade (in a garage, carport , etc..). If you do not have a shady spot, consider waiting until the evening when the sun is much lower and it isn't hot out.
Rule 2: Use a good quality streak free glass cleaner. The testers at WindshieldWOW! have tested many of these retail glass cleaners and we recommend SprayWay Brand (Foaming action) Streak Free Glass cleaner. While others may work for you, we have found that SprayWay Brand, Foaming Glass cleaner to yield the best results over any other glass cleaning solution.
Rule 3: Note the black tinted border around your windshield on the exterior. This tinted border area signifies where the hard objects such as your windshield mounting pillars, dash and mirror mount are located on the inside. So this means your WindshieldWOW! internal paddle can not be pushed into this area. So when using the WindshieldWOW! you can not push the external paddle into this black tinted border area as the internal connected paddle with hit those hard objects and fall off.
Step 1: THOROUGH WET CLEANING.
Apply blue micro fiber cloths to both WindshieldWOW! cleaning paddles and spray liberally with your chosen streak free glass cleaner (We recommend SprayWay Foaming Action Glass Cleaner) Also spray some on your windshield inside/out.
Apply the paddles to your windshield and perform a THOROUGH wet cleaning of your entire windshield with your WindshieldWOW!, making sure to not miss any area. Make several complete passes across your windshield.
Inspect your blue micro fiber cloths as you wet clean, and replace with new clean cloths and repeat the wet cleaning (with additional glass cleaner as needed) until the blue microfiber cleaning cloths no longer pickup any dirt or grime from your windshield. (Note: any dirt visible on the blue cloths means you need to continue wet cleaning)
Step 2: PREPARE FINISH BUFFING.
Once your windshield is thoroughly cleaned (as evidenced by no more dirt appearing on the blue microfiber cloths), you must perform a finish buffing step to remove any trace smears or smudges from your windshield.
There are two methods you can use:
1. Use the Wow Finish Buffing Cloth Method. Attach a WOW! Finish Buffing Cloth to each paddle directly to the white velcro of the paddles.
2. Use a 1/4 Sheet of Paper Towel (Brawny Tear-A-Square Brand is recommended). Adhere the 1/4 Sheet of Brawny Tear-A-Square brand to each paddle that already has installed a clean dry blue micro-fiber cloth. A 1/4 square of Brawny Brand paper towel adheres nicely to the blue micro-fiber cloth.
NOTE: The Paper Towel method may prove most effective for first time users!
Step 3: PERFORM FINISH BUFFING.
No matter which method above you choose, after you prepare your paddles (either paper towels installed or the WOW! Finish Buffing Cloths installed), reinstall the WindshieldWOW! onto your windshield and lightly mist both sides of your windshield (with glass cleaner or even better 90% rubbing alcohol) and then begin finish buffing the entire windshield. Make multiple passes of finish buffing until the windshield has been completely finish buffed in all areas. Don't be afraid to mist more cleaner or alcohol as you buff.
Finally, inspect the windshield in bright light or sunlight and reperform the finish buffing if smears are still present (lightly misting the windshield with cleaner on the smeared areas)
-Keeping a bottle of isopropyl alcohol on hand can be immensely helpful. Lightly mist some on the windshield as you finish buff. This will help reduce any chattering of the paddles (rapid skipping across the windshield) and will also reduce the time needed for dry buffing.
-Look closely and you will see the smudges and smears disappear as the buffing cloths erase them. Stop too early and you may not erase all the streaks. If you don't get streak free then you didn't dry buff out the left over cleaner smears!