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 Posted: Jul 31, 2019 02:39PM
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Indeed, good grief...

Yes, dish washing liquid and repeated washings are likely your best friend here.

Sean Windrum

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 Posted: Jul 23, 2019 05:18AM
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kzakilla - ignore the rants. good luck with the cleaning.

 Posted: Jul 22, 2019 02:42PM
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if he hadn't brought it up.. I wouldn't have mentioned that Cox has been banned from Minimeets due to acts of vandalism involving Binis and cans of oil.....

 Posted: Jul 22, 2019 10:53AM
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Enough.

Give the guy a break.  You have no reason to doubt what he said in his opening post.  He's moving, he's a student, and he's on a budget.  Offer some advice, not criticism.

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stop whining and take it to a car wash, if you don't want to wash it yourself. Cost will be $20.  A detailer will charge you $300.

 Posted: Jul 22, 2019 07:16AM
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I don't recommend using chemical degreasers on the outside of your car...  some 'can' damage the paint.

Dishwashing detergent is an excellent degreaser, but it will strip the wax.

As Doug mentioned, this may take multiple washes before it clears up - repeat wash & wax....

 Posted: Jul 22, 2019 05:29AM
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And after all this re wax your car as you will have stripped any wax that was on it off.


If in doubt, flat out. Colin Mc Rae MBE 1968-2007.

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I agree, the inside of the door and the outer wiper are probably going to give you problems for a while.  Multiple washings will probably be in order.

I would clean as suggested above with one addition.  My first round of cleaning would start with a liberal application of engine degreaser.  You can buy it in spray cans at your local parts store and from Walmart.  It is basically soap mixed with mineral spirits or kerosene.  Spray that on, work the windows up and down, scrub a little bit with a sponge, then hose it off.  After that I'd try full strength Simple Green to remove the remaining oil and the film left by the engine degreaser.

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Hopefully you've learned not to block people's parking. You should have gotten permission from the people whose house you parked in front of, not just your friend across the street. Assuming you can afford a couple bucks worth of quarters, take it to a self service car wash and soap it up good then hit it with the high pressure wand. If that doesn't get it all off, then go to an auto parts store and get a can of degreaser. Go back to the car wash, spray the degreaser on, wait a few minutes and repeat the soap and spray process. 

 Posted: Jul 22, 2019 12:46AM
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Your main mistake was winding down the window.....  

Oil (assuming that's what it is) is easily cleaned off glass (and paint) with soap and water... perhaps something like "Simple Green" truck wash?  If that doesn't work, moisten (don't soak) a rag in degreaser and wipe the stuff away... 

Your problem now is the you probably have oil on the seals etc inside the door.  If you don't have the ability to trip dow the door, maybe just wind it down, up clean...... and repeat ..until the problem goes away.

Good luck, Ian

 Posted: Jul 21, 2019 08:49PM
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Hi all!

I'm posting here as a really desperate plea for help. A couple weeks back, I left my 2009 Mini Cooper at a friend's neighborhood while I went on vacation for a week. I parked it across from her house, which ended up being a bad move. When I went to pick it up, the owners of the home it was parked in front of poured oil (or whatever it was, I honestly kind of thought they peed on my car) on the windshield, driver and passenger windows, and the rear windshield. Now, whenever I roll down my driver window, it drags the substance all over it. I haven't had the chance to fully clean my car since I've been working two jobs while moving and settling into a new home, but I'm trying to slowly clean it up.

Does anyone have any recommendations on how I should go about cleaning off this substance?? I'm just a college student living way too far from home and I'm too scared to let my family know what happened because I don't want them to get upset

A friend of mine told me to take it to a detailer but I'm scared I won't be able to afford it since I have a trip abroad next month to finance, as well as rent to pay at my new place. If I can clean it on my own (or make it better) rather than having to pay for anything, I'd like to try that first. Any help or advice is appreciated! Thank you!!