How to Remove Wax Residue From a Windshield

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How to Remove Wax Residue From a Windshield
Remove waxy film on your windshield with degreaser. (sur la route image by valérie Beunardeau from

Automobile wax protects the paint on your vehicle and gives it a shiny, new appearance. In spite of its usefulness, a waxy residue can end up on your car's windshield after you've completed the waxing process. Trying to remove it with regular window cleaner can worsen the affected area. Using a degreaser is a simple way to rid your windshield of that stubborn, waxy film.

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Things you need

  • Rubber gloves
  • Degreaser with wax stripper
  • Bucket
  • Large sponge
  • Rags
  • Towels

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    Put on a pair of rubber gloves and pour the recommended amount of degreaser that also strips away oil and wax residue into a gallon of water. A degreaser is a hydrocarbon chemical product that breaks up and dissolves water-insoluble matter such as waxes, greases and oils. Degreasers are typically found in hardware stores.

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    Spread the diluted degreaser onto your windshield with a large sponge. Work the solution in evenly with a saturated rag.

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    Be sure to cover the entire windshield with the diluted degreaser and work it into the corners if necessary.

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    Use the saturated rag to clean your wiper blades at the same time.

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    Pour clean water onto the windshield to rinse away the cleaner. Begin at the top of the windshield and rinse it several times to make sure it is clean.

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    Use a dry cloth to wipe away any remaining water and to avoid water spots when it dries.

Tips and warnings

  • Cover your windshield washer nozzles with masking tape prior to waxing your car.
  • Don't use tools that will permanently scratch your windshield to remove any kind of residue or wax build-up.

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