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Dealing With Acid Rain Stains On Windshields

by Celina Simpson

When it comes to the windshields on your construction equipment, physical damage isn't the only thing you'll have to worry about. Water spots created by acid rain not only reduce visibility by significant amounts, but they can also cause long-term damage to windshields if left untreated. The following goes in-depth on how acid rain stains occur and the steps you can take to remove these stains from windshields and other windows on your construction equipment.

How Acid Rain Stains Occur

Acid rain forms when certain chemical compounds, including sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide, come into contact and react with water, oxygen and a host of chemicals and minerals to form acidic precipitation. While this is a natural phenomenon at times, it's often exacerbated to large degrees by man-made sources of air pollution.

When this acidic rainfall lands on glass windshields, the chemicals and minerals slowly etch themselves into the porous glass surface. The damage appears as a whitish calcium residue that's left behind after the rain evaporates. This residue often proves difficult or even impossible to remove through normal cleaning.

Acid rain stains can also be exacerbated by your heavy equipment's working environment. Large amounts of acid-laden dust, debris and residue can easily make contact with windshields, making it more difficult to deal with the effects of acid rain.

Taking Care of Acid Rain Stains

The first step of dealing with acid rain stains involves cleaning your windshield as normal. Use a mild detergent or a window-cleaning formula along with a soft, lint-free cloth to remove debris and surface water spots. Allow the surface to dry outside of direct sunlight. After you're done, the acid rain spots should be the only residue left behind.

Now you can take one of several approaches to removing acid rain residue from your heavy equipment windshields:

  • You can use a 50-50 mix of vinegar and distilled water to remove light to moderate acid rain stains. Vinegar is also acidic and it's relatively effective at eating away at calcium and other acid rain residue. Place this mix in a clean spray bottle and spray it on the windshield. Allow the solution to sit for a few minutes and wipe it off with a soft cloth.
  • Baking soda is aggressive enough to remove underlying acid rain stains without damaging the actual glass. Dust the affected areas with a thin layer of baking soda and then use a damp cloth to buff the residue out of the surface.
  • Rubbing compound is the most aggressive option available. When combined with grade #0000 steel wool, it can be very effective at removing acid rain stains. Just remember to test this approach on a discrete corner of the windshield before working on the entire area. Keep in mind that most abrasive compounds won't work on Plexiglas windshields.

Some experts suggest using detail clay to remove water spots. However, this can be a big gamble on anything except relatively new windshields. Bits of clay can become imbedded within the various pits and pores of older windshields and prove nearly impossible to remove.  

If All Else Fails...

If you've done everything you could to remove acid rain spots from your windshield without seeing any signs of success, then chances are you'll need to have your windshields replaced.  The difficulty of this task depends on the type of construction equipment you have and the proficiency of the technician tasked with the job. You can find a windshield repair and replacement shop at a site like http://www.centralglassutah.com.

Prevention is the Best Policy

The best offense against acid rain is a good defense. For starters, it's usually a good idea to wash your windshield and other windows right after it rains or snows. The sooner you clean your windshield, the less likely it'll be impacted by acid rain.

Using specialized protectant coatings can also help prevent acid rain damage. This usually comes in the form of a liquid protectant that's applied onto clean windshield surfaces with a soft cloth. When dried, the compound forms an invisible layer that prevents acid rain from coming into contact with the glass surface.