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Is it safe to clay the 300's window if it has the auto wipers?

I've got some minor hard water spots on my windows and have read that clay can be used on them. There is even a kit (by Diamondite - not sure of the spelling) for cleaning windows that appears to come with a small pad of clay.

The owner's manual advises agains using stuff like Rain-X since it can affect the sensors for the auto wipers. I'm not sure if there is something on the surface of the glass that the clay will mess up.

Thanks for any help,
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The owner's manual advises agains using stuff like Rain-X since it can affect the sensors for the auto wipers.
I cannot find that warning in the 05 manual; what year is your's? & is the warning in an area other than the "wiper section"?

I notice you have the SRT8. I have a C; but, I would ASSume this is one of the systems the cars share with no changes.

In any event, I use Rain-X and have noticed no difference in the auto wipers with or without Rain-X.
 

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Frank,

I just noticed I didn't have the year in my sig - will fix that in a minute.

I have an '06 - I will look in the manual again tonight to see where it mentions Rain-X.

Like you, I would assume the window wipers would be a common system.

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Claying will not leave anything on your glass like rain-x does. You will just have smooth clean windows. The sensor is on the inside, so I think they want to make sure you are not blocking the sensor with any kind of coating. Clay away. Just use lots of lubricant. You could also try soaking the water spots with a cloth soaked in vinegar.
 

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rp1 said:
Is it safe to clay the 300's window if it has the auto wipers?

I've got some minor hard water spots on my windows and have read that clay can be used on them. There is even a kit (by Diamondite - not sure of the spelling) for cleaning windows that appears to come with a small pad of clay.

The owner's manual advises agains using stuff like Rain-X since it can affect the sensors for the auto wipers. I'm not sure if there is something on the surface of the glass that the clay will mess up.

Thanks for any help,
RP
It seema s if a lot of us have the same problem, that is a film on the outside of the windshield. Rain X is a good product for sheeting water, but it does leave an ungodly film.Save the clay for the finish and go with white vinegar, then ammomia and alternate twice. That should resolve all issues for a month-- then repeat.
 

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I use my old clay on the glass, rinse, and wipe dry with a MF towel for superb results. I use Rain X washer fluid with no residue but it does not sheet as well as the wipe on stuff, minor trade off for no film.
 

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Clay, at least most clays are just fine for glass. The secret is to use plenty of the lubricant. use the spray that comes with it, or Meguiars Quick Detailer, or make your own with a couple drops of Liquid Ivory in a spray bottle of water.

Not all clays are the same, for instance Clay Magic Red is way to abrasive to use on any finish. It is for body shop use only.

Most other clays are just fine. I would use a brand new bar on glass, and plenty of the liquid. Don't push hard anytime you use clay, just let it glide over the surface in several different directions.

Ammonia and other treatments will clean the glass well, but clay is the only thing that will really help make it smooth and help your wiper blades last longer. STuff gets stuck in your windshield (and headlights) just like in paint, and clay is best at getting it out.

Also, I don't see where using Rain-X should be a problem with the rain sensing wipers. Properly dried and buffed, Rain-X (and other similar products) really doesn't leave a film that should disturb the sensor. Any film that is visible means you have not buffed it enough. it really takes a lot of buffing to get it right. Try using a few drops of water and buff the Rain-X again, that usually does it for me.

The rain sensor should pick up the drops anyway before they slide off. Mine is extremely sensative.
 
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