Self-Cleaning Windows


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SuzySue

Was just wondering if any of you have had self-cleaning windows installed?

Have you had to have them cleaned, or do they work?

Thanks!
 
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Gary

SuzySue scribbled :
Was just wondering if any of you have had self-cleaning windows
installed?

Have you had to have them cleaned, or do they work?
I would love to know how these work, not really seen much about them.
Do they have a squirter jet and window wipers like a car ;-)
Seriously how the hell can glass clean itself?
 
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Harry Bloomfield

SuzySue scribbled :

I would love to know how these work, not really seen much about them.
Do they have a squirter jet and window wipers like a car ;-)
Seriously how the hell can glass clean itself?
We use that stuff which was once demonstrated on 'Tomorrows World',
which makes ordinary glass self cleaning. Its a blue cream in a small
tub, which goes a very long way. We have used it (same little tub) for
the last 10 or 15 years, cleaning and recoating once a year.

The widows do aquire a dust build up in dry weather, but it can be
hosed off easily. Otherwise it works and they stay clean.
 
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Mary Fisher

We use that stuff which was once demonstrated on 'Tomorrows World',
which makes ordinary glass self cleaning. Its a blue cream in a small
tub, which goes a very long way. We have used it (same little tub) for
the last 10 or 15 years, cleaning and recoating once a year.
Hey, Harry, tell us more - name of product, source?

Pleeeeeeeeeease ..........
The widows do aquire a dust build up in dry weather, but it can be
hosed off easily. Otherwise it works and they stay clean.
Have you used it on leaded lights?

Mary
 
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MrCheerful

Mary Fisher said:
Hey, Harry, tell us more - name of product, source?

Pleeeeeeeeeease ..........

Have you used it on leaded lights?

Mary
Rain-X does the same job and is in every car shop.

MrCheerful
 
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Harry Bloomfield

Mary Fisher wrote on Thursday (01/01/2004) :
Hey, Harry, tell us more - name of product, source?

Pleeeeeeeeeease ..........
I don't have a name for it, the label long since became unreadable, but
we got it out of the those door to door catalogues, sounded like
'Betterware' or similar. Cost around £5.
Have you used it on leaded lights?
No, but I am sure it would work just as well on them. We just give the
windows a thorough cleaning once a year, then put the tiniest smear of
the liquid on the corner of a cloth and polish them up with that.

It is the stuff which was demonstrated to Prince Charles on TW. They
coated half the width of the glass, threw a bucket of mud at the glass,
then hosed the muck off. The mud stuck to the uncoated side pretty
well, but it hosed straight of the coated half.
 
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mike ring

Harry Bloomfield said:
The widows do aquire a dust build up in dry weather, but it can be
hosed off easily.
Do you do this for a living, or a hobby?

mike r
 
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Ziggur

Hey, Harry, tell us more - name of product, source?

Pleeeeeeeeeease ..........

Have you used it on leaded lights?

Mary
Do a Google search for Rytec Clearshield.

It coats the glass, filling in the microscopic hollows, and makes it more
"slippery" and thus helps to prevent dirt from sticking.

Won the Prince of Wales award for Innovation.

Ziggur
"S'ils te mordent, mords-les"
 
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Andy Hall

We use that stuff which was once demonstrated on 'Tomorrows World',
which makes ordinary glass self cleaning. Its a blue cream in a small
tub, which goes a very long way. We have used it (same little tub) for
the last 10 or 15 years, cleaning and recoating once a year.

The widows do aquire a dust build up in dry weather, but it can be
hosed off easily. Otherwise it works and they stay clean.
Poor ladies. What have they done to deserve this? :)





..andy

To email, substitute .nospam with .gl
 
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Harry Bloomfield

On 01/01/2004 Ziggur opined:-
Do a Google search for Rytec Clearshield.

It coats the glass, filling in the microscopic hollows, and makes it more
"slippery" and thus helps to prevent dirt from sticking.

Won the Prince of Wales award for Innovation.
http://www.ritec.co.uk/

I think we must have got hold a bottle when they were first starting
out, it is a kit now and £50.... Ouch!

Try 'Betterware' or whatever they are called.
 
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dave

I use Mer car polish. seems to work a treat for me and we live in an
industrial area.

Dave
 
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Mary Fisher

Andy Hall said:
On Thu, 01 Jan 2004 21:37:32 GMT, Harry Bloomfield


Poor ladies. What have they done to deserve this? :)
That's what tramping the streets does for you ...

Thanks to everyone for their replies. All noted.

Mary
 
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SuzySue

Gary said:
I would love to know how these work, not really seen much about them.
Do they have a squirter jet and window wipers like a car ;-)
Seriously how the hell can glass clean itself?
Here's a link to the website

http://www.pilkington.com/international+products/activ/uk/english/how+it+works/default.htm

Do any other companies manufacture self-cleaning windows, or is it
just this company?

Does anyone know if these windows are more expensive than "regular"
double glazing of similar standard? If so, by what percent?
 
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Suz

SuzySue said:
"Gary" <[email protected]#NOSPAM#.co.uk> wrote in message

Here's a link to the website

http://www.pilkington.com/international+products/activ/uk/english/how+it+wor
ks/default.htm

Do any other companies manufacture self-cleaning windows, or is it
just this company?

Does anyone know if these windows are more expensive than "regular"
double glazing of similar standard? If so, by what percent?
Pilkington Activ is the best known and it does work. A neighbour got it
installed with new windows (not cheap) but his windows only get a 10th of
the dirt the rest of ours do. Apparently it is only good with natural stuff
that can be broken down further, so it isn't as good on minerals eg quarry
dust.

Wish I could afford it. But then my window cleaner only charges £3 - isn't
that good? And most of my dirt is on the inside. What I need is a coating
on the inside that works like an electric fence for small fingers (and
tongues). Why *do* they lick glass? The best one I saw was a school bus
with a tiny tot licking the window where no doubt 40 previous children have
licked it too. Yum!
 
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the q

SuzySue said:
Was just wondering if any of you have had self-cleaning windows installed?

Have you had to have them cleaned, or do they work?

Thanks!
We had our's fitted by Zenith about three years ago (Pilkington glass),
they work very well, as we are less than half a mile from the sea we often
got salt stains on the front windows, plus the normal dirt and pigeon crap.
We've not had to "clean" the windows since. They work because they have a
clear substance bonded onto the panes of glass. The rain washes off anything
that lands on them. I've only had to hose the front windows down once during
the 3 months without rain in the summer.

The windows are a good product, (Zenith and Pilkington) just watch out for
the lying B*******d sales men.

The Q
 
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davenpat

Ziggur said:
Do a Google search for Rytec Clearshield.

It coats the glass, filling in the microscopic hollows, and makes it more
"slippery" and thus helps to prevent dirt from sticking.

Won the Prince of Wales award for Innovation.
Also look for Perma Clean by eliteforce. Customer care line is
01322 521880. This is the stuff I use,

Dave
 
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Adrian M.

Suz said:
Wish I could afford it. But then my window cleaner only charges £3 - isn't
that good? And most of my dirt is on the inside. What I need is a coating
on the inside that works like an electric fence for small fingers (and
tongues). Why *do* they lick glass? The best one I saw was a school bus
with a tiny tot licking the window where no doubt 40 previous children have
licked it too. Yum!
To build up their immune system? Must be a built in instinct, the same one
that also makes them pick things off the floor and stick them in their
mouths
 
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SuzySue

We had our's fitted by Zenith about three years ago (Pilkington glass),
they work very well, as we are less than half a mile from the sea we often
got salt stains on the front windows, plus the normal dirt and pigeon crap.
We've not had to "clean" the windows since. They work because they have a
clear substance bonded onto the panes of glass. The rain washes off anything
that lands on them. I've only had to hose the front windows down once during
the 3 months without rain in the summer.

The windows are a good product, (Zenith and Pilkington) just watch out for
the lying B*******d sales men.

The Q
Do you know approximately how much more expensive (percent%) these
windows were than similar windows of same quality, but not
self-cleaning?
 

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