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    This is my first post here, though I have been lurking for a couple weeks now. Thank you all for the great information, it will come in handy when I strike out on my own next month...

    Now, I have been reading a lot about hard water removal and the different chemicals being used. Have any of you used CLR? We have hard water here and it works great at freeing up shower heads and the like. Thoughts?

    Also, could anyone expound on the method of using a black light to determine tin side?

    Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoR-Fanatic View Post
    Also, could anyone expound on the method of using a black light to determine tin side?

    Thanks!
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    Welcome Dave. When using a black light you'll need to make sure you limit the amount of light on the window. If you have to check some glass on a sunny day try using an umbrella to shade the window (great tip I was given by Mike Draper). The reflection from the black light will have a grayish hue when you are on the tin side.
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    Welcome Dave. When using a black light you'll need to make sure you limit the amount of light on the window. If you have to check some glass on a sunny day try using an umbrella to shade the window (great tip I was given by Mike Draper). The reflection from the black light will have a grayish hue when you are on the tin side.

    Thanks!

    What is the best black light setup? A shop light with a black light bulb? Can you get a black light bulb for a maglite?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoR-Fanatic View Post
    Thanks!

    What is the best black light setup? A shop light with a black light bulb? Can you get a black light bulb for a maglite?
    Try this - CHNVF4 - Chauvet 6 Inch Handheld Blacklight
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    Thanks, that looks like a good place for black lights. What do you all think about this item?

    BLWUVPEN - Ultra Violet LED Blacklight Pen Light

    It is a black light pen light. If it would work I could just keep it in my note pad case.

    About the CLR, I am thinking of just getting some and trying it out, along with some of the other suggestions on here. I figure having a few different tools will be better anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoR-Fanatic View Post
    Thanks, that looks like a good place for black lights. What do you all think about this item?

    BLWUVPEN - Ultra Violet LED Blacklight Pen Light

    It is a black light pen light. If it would work I could just keep it in my note pad case.

    About the CLR, I am thinking of just getting some and trying it out, along with some of the other suggestions on here. I figure having a few different tools will be better anyway.

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    Not sure about the penlight. It might not illuminate a large enough surface to be effective.
    I also carry a few different chemicals to deal w/ hard water.
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    Went and picked up some Safe Restore today from a local shop. Tried it out on some REALLY bad harwdwater stains and corrosion. Wiped on, let dwell, rinsed off - then washed window like normal. BEAUTIFUL!!! Good stuff. I also picked up some Winsol CC 550 just in case, but didn't need it. I sampled a small pane, but the lady didn't like my price - so now she has one beautiful pane to look at amongst all of the nasty ones. I should have taken pics, if we get the job I will post some photos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dormatex View Post
    Tried it out on some REALLY bad harwdwater stains and corrosion. Wiped on, let dwell, rinsed off - then washed window like normal. BEAUTIFUL!!! Good stuff.
    If all that was required was dwell then rinse, then the windows weren't "REALLY bad harwdwater stains."

    BTW, corrosion only occurs between panes -- in a stagnant environment -- not on an exposed surface.

    And, if it was a silicate, SafeRestore won't remove it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by llaczko View Post
    If all that was required was dwell then rinse, then the windows weren't "REALLY bad harwdwater stains."

    BTW, corrosion only occurs between panes -- in a stagnant environment -- not on an exposed surface.
    1. So I exaggerated a bit, but they were bad, and I applied two coats then used a white scrub pad. Thanks for calling me out.

    2. cor⋅rode
      /kəˈroʊd/ [kuh-rohd] verb, -rod⋅ed, -rod⋅ing.

    –verb (used with object)
    1. to eat or wear away gradually as if by gnawing, esp. by chemical action.
    2. to impair; deteriorate

    I would consider hard water buildup on glass to impair the life, clarity, and usefulness of such glass. And over time, hard water can lead to etching which would in turn deteriorate the surface of said glass.

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    Steel will rust. Aluminum will oxidize. Brass will tarnish. Copper will patina. Vinyl will fade. Wood will rot. Concrete will crack.

    Glass will corrode.

    But then again...what do I know?
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