Car glass can be tricky. Especially the inside of windscreens – due to the rake of the glass and the various bits sticking out of the dash at you it’s quite difficult to get them thoroughly clean. To compound the windscreen quandary owners often stick badges onto the inside to show their affiliation with a club or group. This is great of course… until you want to remove the sticker. Some of these stickers have a very strong adhesive backing and can leave a long lasting residue on your windscreen that can be very difficult to remove with average household type products. It was one such offending glue residue mark that I encountered on a recent valet of a Toyota in Dibden Purlieu, just on the edge of The New Forest.
Some kind of small circular sticker had been previously installed on the client’s windscreen and it must have had some seriously strong adhesive involved in it. As you can see from the glue left it was pretty thick and solidly locked onto the glass. The owner had tried various glass cleaners and even washing up liquid with hot water but hadn’t been able to get rid of the unsightly mark. So I set to work with some trusty Autoglym Tar and Adhesive Remover (I use a trade version but you can get pretty much the same product from motorist discount stores) thinking this strong stuff would dissolve the residue very quickly. In the end the mark proved tougher than I thought and I had to use a whopping three applications with a bit of elbow grease and a short-pile microfiber towel. In the end though the sticky old residue was completely removed and after a clean with Sonax Glass Cleaner the glass was looking lovely and clear – as it should!