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How do you guys clean your caravan windows avoiding scratching and swirls? Mine are quite dirty now but afraid to try and clean them.

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Rinse off with plenty of water first to remove any grit and dirt, then wash using fenwicks wash solution with a sponge. rinse with fenwicks bobby dazzler and when dry finally buff up using micro fibre cloth

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How do you guys clean your caravan windows avoiding scratching and swirls? Mine are quite dirty now but afraid to try and clean them.

 

 

 

 

Anton

 

 

 

 

 

 

As said plenty of water and a soft cloth but the long term answer is you cant really prevent it happening especially at the front. Never seen a van yet that did'nt have scratched windows after a couple of years use. They may look ok at a distance but have a close up look and its a different story.

 

 

 

 

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As said use plenty of water and I find proprietary cleaning fluids will polish well e. g. Mr Sheen etc.

 

If you have minor scatches then Brasso is good and for fine scatches use toothpaste.

 

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Without using any Solvents in the cleaning product or it will cause crazing in the plastic .

 

 

http://www. caravantalk. co. uk/community/topic/54757-window-crazing/

 

 

 

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As said plenty of water and a soft cloth but the long term answer is you cant really prevent it happening especially at the front. Never seen a van yet that did'nt have scratched windows after a couple of years use. They may look ok at a distance but have a close up look and its a different story.

peter.

 

Try looking at mine. :rolleyes:

 

I wash the dirt off with plenty of water with Fenwicks in it, then polish the window with Mer. Any good car polish will do.

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Greased lightning waterless polish - no scratches - no water - quick - easy and does the job a treat.

 

Click on the link below

 

 

http://www. caravantalk. co. uk/community/topic/41601-anyone-used-greased-lightning-on-their-vans/page__fromsearch__1

 

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Waterless polish is not a good idea for caravan windows.

Better to get the dirt off first that is what causes the scratches.

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+1 its great stuff!

 

 

 

 

Greased lightning waterless polish - no scratches - no water - quick - easy and does the job a treat.

 

Click on the link below

 

 

http://www. caravanta. ..__fromsearch__1

 

BO

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Waterless polish is not a good idea for caravan windows.

Better to get the dirt off first that is what causes the scratches.

 

Waterless polish is a good idea and Greased Lightning DOES NOT cause scratches

 

Honest Artleknock. Promise.

 

I know - I use it

 

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Warm soapy water to wash the whole of the caravan then just buff up the windows with a soft cloth. I've got a bit of an odd one with the caravan i've got just now i'm going to ask about.

 

It was cleaned when I got it but me being me gave it another once over and also cleaned the windows. However it seems the windows in between the plastic have been taken out, cleaned all streaky and put back. Are the windows easy to come out / apart or is it best just to leave it? I can live with it rather than attempt to take the windows out if that's the case but if it's easy i'll try it.

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However it seems the windows in between the plastic have been taken out, cleaned all streaky and put back.

 

A? Sorry Mechs, Normally the windows are made of two 'panes' and then are bonded together leaving an air gap in between the two panes, so they are unseperable and therefore impossible to clean the inner surfaces.

 

What do you mean by the windows in between the plastic?

 

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A? Sorry Mechs, Normally the windows are made of two 'panes' and then are bonded together leaving an air gap in between the two panes, so they are unseperable and therefore impossible to clean the inner surfaces.

 

What do you mean by the windows in between the plastic?

 

BO

 

It's as if at some point the window panes have been seperated, cleaned and put back together still streaky. Either that or the guy I got the caravan off had cleaned and waxed it all so maybe he's just used the same cloth as he waxed with :P I'll give them another clean as it could be something like that as I didn't think they came apart unless they were broken apart

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They have been reported to come apart in a post on here and the OP wanted advice on the type of glue to stick them back together.

 

I think? it was suggested that clear sealant was used.

 

I will try a search.

 

http://www. caravantalk. co. uk/community/topic/50973-caravan-window-delamination/page__hl__window+coming+apart__fromsearch__1

 

Something close.

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Is it an even film or is it streaky.

 

Does it look like condensation?

 

Try washing and then polishing well. This might clean it properly thus removing any old polish

 

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No they're actually streaky. I think they've been taken apart at some point though as at the bottom of them even though they're plastic windows they've got a bit aluminium on the bottom like you'd get on glass windows :wacko: I've not yet seen how easy this is to remove so will have a look tomorrow but it's not a major issue - just something that will probably bug me :rolleyes:

 

Thanks - i'm away to the gym so i'll think of you all when i'm away out in the freezing cold then sweating my guts off in a spinning class! :D

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It is not a vacuum. It can be a problem though. We all seek a proper answer. :wacko:

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It's as if at some point the window panes have been seperated, cleaned and put back together still streaky. Either that or the guy I got the caravan off had cleaned and waxed it all so maybe he's just used the same cloth as he waxed with :P I'll give them another clean as it could be something like that as I didn't think they came apart unless they were broken apart

That sounds very like what I saw with my front offside window, at first glance it looked like a streak between the panes, look closer and you could see that both inner sides had the same mark, in fact it was the notorious and known rubbing together of the two panes so you were left with a streaky mark on the inner side. Solution - replaced under warranty.

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Thanks, been washing the caravan again and it's still there on a couple of windows and definately as the above post says it is streaks on the inner sides - I won't get warrenty, my caravan's ancient! :D Not a major problem, just wondered what it was. Strangely enough there's very little or no scratching / crazing though so I won't complain! :P

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