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Invisible Glass scores 88 out 100 in our review

Invisible Glass Review – Performance Meets Value

Product Introduction:

Invisible Glass is a premium glass cleaner. What is premium about an automotive glass cleaner? Let’s find out!

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Offering (8/10, 80%)

Invisible Glass comes in plain package. It’s not very eye catching, and the white nozzle seems out of place when it’s not part of their logo. Maybe they didn’t have yellow or black in stock. Turquoise would really pop on the shelf. We bought our bottle for $8.99 which is on par with most of the competition. Our bottle was a decent size. It contained 680mL (23oz) of product. This gives it a value ratio of 75.6mL/$ (2.56oz/$) which is good. Invisible Glass does not claim this product does anything other than clean glass.  

This product is alcohol-based an ammonia free. It had a subtle alcohol smell associated with it, but it was ok to use and didn’t leave a lingering scent. We liked using this bottle because it the nozzle provided a very good spray pattern, and it was the only one that had a fine mist and a stream setting.

Technical (25/30, 83%)

Experimental Design

We used our Glass Cleaning test methodology (GA-D-GC-A1) which involved using a piece of glass that is cleaned with alcohol. In this case, the glass was at ambient temperature (9*C, 48*F). We divided it into 4 quadrants since we were comparing Invisible Glass against various other competitors. You can watch our full comparison video on YouTube.

We used fingerprints, motor oil, and jam (to mimic tree sap and berries) because we believe that these might be common contaminants on your windows. To test, we would spray once on the glass and contaminants, wait 30 seconds, and the wipe off with a blue shop towel. As necessary, we would repeat until clean and we also would buff with a microfiber at the end.

Results

Fingerprints: Invisible Glass worked like a charm. All the fingerprints were removed with one spray.

Motor oil: While this is a torture test, this product struggled. The first spray and wipe left some oil and haze on the glass. The second spray and wipe left the glass almost clear, there was tiny bit of residue left over.

Jam: The first spray removed the all the stickiness from the surface of the glass. It was relatively easy to collect it all. There was a significant amount of haze on the glass. The second spray removed everything leaving a perfect finish.

Overall, the Invisible Glass did well in the lab test.

Real World Testing (46/50, 92%)

Our experience using the product

For the real-world test, we used Invisible Glass on the panoramic glass roof our Mercedes SL600. There was quite a lot of dust on it from sitting in the garage over the winter. The roof’s glass was at 9*C (48*F).

Results

The product performed very well. We used one spray on the panel. Using a microfibre cloth, we wiped the surface removing all of the dust in one go. It left a very clean finish on the roof. The product was extremely easy to use and the spray nozzle was very good to use, providing a controllable experience with the adjustable nozzle.

While the product did not explicitly state that it helps to bead water, we were hoping that film was provide some water beading, but it did not.

Overall, Invisible Glass performed very well.

Performance vs. Claims (6/10, 60%)

Product Claim 1

Removes fingerprints, tree sap, and road film.

Results

This product worked well to remove general dirt from the glass very well. It struggled more than expected with our jam test, but performed well overall.

Product Claim 2

Won’t streak, evaporates quickly, and doesn’t contain soap.

Results

This product sometimes left streaks, but only in the most demanding circumstances. This product often performed the best in our tests when it came to cleaning surfaces and evaporating in our low-temperature test environments.  

Summary

In conclusion, we believe that Invisible Glass is a quality product that cleans glass very well. It consistently provides a solid result, even in demanding circumstances. The product was not very expensive and came in a decent sized value. Combining its performance and its value resulted in our full recommendation. 

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Chemical Guys Streak Free scores 85 out of 100

Chemical Guys Streak Free Review – Premium Product, Small Bottle

Product Introduction:

Chemical Guys Streak Free is a premium glass cleaner. What is premium about an automotive glass cleaner? Let’s find out!

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Offering (7/10, 70%)

Chemical Guys Streak Free comes in a really nice package. Chemical Guys does a very good job at creating eye-catching packaging. We bought our bottle for $13.99 which is far more expensive than the competition. Our bottle was small. It contained 473mL (16oz) of product, which is 30% smaller than its top competitors. This gives it a value ratio of 33.8mL/$ (1.14oz/$) which is not good value for money. Chemical guys does not claim this product does anything other than clean glass.  

This product is alcohol-based an ammonia free. It had a very neutral smell associated with it, meaning it was pleasant to use and didn’t leave a lingering scent. We liked using this bottle because it the nozzle provided a very good spray pattern, although it was not adjustable.

Some of the marketing was a little weird. They used words like “professional-strength formula” but also “gentle formula” in the same paragraph. They also use meaningless buzzwords like “Residue-free optical enhancers”. More on that later.

Technical (26/30, 87%)

Experimental Design

We used our Glass Cleaning test methodology (GA-D-GC-A1) which involved using a piece of glass that is cleaned with alcohol. In this case, the glass was at ambient temperature (9*C, 48*F). We divided it into 4 quadrants since we were comparing Chemical Guys Streak Free against various other competitors. You can watch our full comparison video on YouTube.

We used fingerprints, motor oil, and jam (to mimic tree sap and berries) because we believe that these might be common contaminants on your windows. To test, we would spray once on the glass and contaminants, wait 30 seconds, and the wipe off with a blue shop towel. As necessary, we would repeat until clean and we also would buff with a microfiber at the end.

Results

Results

Fingerprints: Streak Free worked like a charm. All the fingerprints were removed with one spray.

Motor oil: While this is a torture test, this product struggled. The first spray and wipe left some oil and haze on the glass. The second spray and wipe left the glass perfectly clear.

Jam: The first spray removed the all the stickiness from the surface of the glass. It was relatively easy to collect it all. There was a significant amount of haze on the glass. The second spray removed everything leaving a perfect finish.

Overall, the Streak Free did well in the lab test.

Real World Testing (45/50, 90%)

Our experience using the product

For the real-world test, we used Streak Free on the panoramic glass roof our Mercedes SL600. There was quite a lot of dust on it from sitting in the garage over the winter. The roof’s glass was at 9*C (48*F).

Results

The product performed very well. We used one spray on the panel. Using a microfibre cloth, we wiped the surface removing all of the dust in one go. It left a very clean finish on the roof. The product was extremely easy to use and the spray nozzle was very good to use, providing a controllable experience. There was no smell, which meant it could be used in a confined space.

While the product did not explicitly state that it helps to bead water, it did say that it has “optical enhancers”. We inferred that there must be some sort of film that is left behind to also help prevent dirt from sticking. We were hoping that film was provide some water beading, but it did not.

Overall, Chemical Guys Streak Free performed very well.

Performance vs. Claims (6/10, 60%)

Product Claim 1

Removes fingerprints, tree sap, and road film.

Results

This product worked well to remove general dirt from the glass very well. It struggled more than expected with our jam test, but performed well overall.

Product Claim 2

Streak free with optical enhancers.

Results

This product sometimes left streaks, but only in the most demanding circumstances. We did not see any evidence with the optical enhancers, and believe it relates simply to Chemical Guys’ marketing.

Product Claim 3

Repels against dirt, resists fingerprints, stays cleaner longer.

Results

We didn’t seem to notice this in our testing. Even with the Streak Free previously sprayed on the our test glass, we did not notice an improvement in performance when it comes to cleaning up dirt, oils, and other contaminants.

Summary

In conclusion, we believe that RainX 2 in 1 Glass Cleaner is a quality product that cleans glass well and provides an extra layer of water-repellant. However, the formula is quite aggressive and we had to be cautious when using it. We don’t feel safe using it in the interior of our car, and it also states not to use it on tinted windows. Those two factors really diminishes the usability of the product. It also doesn’t provide as good of a water-repellant as a wax or sealant or even regular RainX water repellant.

RainX 2 in 1 Glass Cleaner scores 75 out of 100

RainX 2 in 1 Glass Cleaner Review – Too Potent For Use?

Product Introduction:

RainX 2 in 1 Glass Cleaner is a multi-function glass cleaner. It states that it can clean automotive glass as well as apply a water-repellant film on the windows. But does this multi-function cleaner actually work? Let’s find out!

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Offering (5/10, 50%)

RainX 2 in 1 Glass Cleaner comes in a really nice package. One thing RainX always gets right is their packaging; you can pick out this yellow bottle from across the store. We bought our bottle for $8.99 which is on par with most of the competition. Our bottle was a decent size. It contained 680mL (23oz) of product. This gives it a value ratio of 75.6mL/$ (2.56oz/$) which is good. We also believe that this product provides more value than regular glass cleaners because it is a multi-function cleaner – It’ll clean your glass and also apply hydrophobic film to the glass to help bead up water and fling it off the window.

This product is the only glass cleaner we tested that is flammable. This was really surprising to us. On the back of the bottle, the labels states that it contains acetone. Due to the acetone, we would not recommend using this on the interior glass for fear of damaging leather and other surfaces. It also states that it is not meant for use on tinted windows. This product also had an extremely chemically smell which was not pleasant to use.  

Technical (26/30, 87%)

Experimental Design

We used our Glass Cleaning test methodology (GA-D-GC-A1) which involved using a piece of glass that is cleaned with alcohol. In this case, the glass was at ambient temperature (9*C, 48*F). We divided it into 4 quadrants since we were comparing RainX 2 in 1 Glass Cleaner against various other competitors. You can watch our full comparison video on YouTube.

We used fingerprints, motor oil, and jam (to mimic tree sap and berries) because we believe that these might be common contaminants on your windows. To test, we would spray once on the glass and contaminants, wait 30 seconds, and the wipe off with a blue shop towel. As necessary, we would repeat until clean and we also would buff with a microfiber at the end.

Results

Fingerprints: RainX worked like a charm. All the fingerprints were removed with one spray.

Motor oil: While this is a torture test, this product struggled. The first spray and wipe left some oil and haze on the glass. We believe the acetone helped a little here. The second spray and wipe left the glass perfectly clear.

Jam: The first spray removed the all the stickiness from the surface of the glass. It was relatively easy to collect it all. There was a significant amount of haze on the glass. The second spray removed everything leaving a perfect finish.

Overall, the RainX did well in the lab test.

Real World Testing (38/50, 76%)

Our experience using the product

For the real-world test, we used RainX on the panoramic glass roof our Mercedes SL600. There was quite a lot of dust on it from sitting in the garage over the winter. The roof’s glass was at 9*C (48*F).

Results

The product performed well. We used one spray on the panel. Using a microfibre cloth, we wiped the surface removing all of the dust in one go. It left a very clean finish on the roof. While using it, we were more cautious with the overspray. We didn’t want to ruin trim, paint, or the rubber seals on our car. This was the only product that we had to be cautious with, and as such we deducted points from this test.  

This product explicitly stated that it helps to bead water. It did a decent job of beading the water, but it was difficult to distinguish it from its competitors. It did not bead as well as a wax or sealant would.

Overall,  RainX 2 in 1 Glass Cleaner performed very well, but it’s harsh composition left us worrying about damaging other things on our car.  

Performance vs. Claims (6/10, 60%)

Product Claim 1

Streak-free , removes bug residue and road film.

Results

This product worked well to remove general dirt from the glass very well. The acetone in the solution really helped to cut through oil, but it struggled more than expected with our jam test.  

Product Claim 2

Repels water and beads up.

Results

While clean glass typically sheets off water well, it did help to improve beading performance but at the expense of general usability.

Product Claim 3

Prevents snow/ice/bugs from sticking

Results

We didn’t seem to notice this in our testing. Even with the RainX previously sprayed on the our test glass, we did not notice an improvement in performance when it comes to cleaning up dirt, oils, and other contaminants.

Summary

In conclusion, we believe that RainX 2 in 1 Glass Cleaner is a quality product that cleans glass well and provides an extra layer of water-repellant. However, the formula is quite aggressive and we had to be cautious when using it. We don’t feel safe using it in the interior of our car, and it also states not to use it on tinted windows. Those two factors really diminishes the usability of the product. It also doesn’t provide as good of a water-repellant as a wax or sealant or even regular RainX water repellant.

Turtle Wax Dash and Glass scores 71 out of 100

Turtle Wax Dash and Glass Review – Compromised?

Product Introduction:

Turtle Wax Dash & Glass is a multi-purpose cleaner. It states that it can tackle both automotive glass as well as multiple interior surfaces in your car. But does this multi-purpose cleaner actually work on all surfaces or does it compromise itself? Let’s find out!

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Offering (9/10, 90%)

Turtle Wax Dash & Glass comes in a really nice package. One thing Turtle Wax always gets right is their packaging. We bought our bottle for $8.99 which is on par with most of the competition. Our bottle was a decent size. It contained 680mL (23oz) of product. This gives it a value ratio of 75.6mL/$ (2.56oz/$) which is good. We also believe that this product provides more value than regular glass cleaners because it is a multi-purpose cleaner – you’re not limited to using it on your windows.

On the back of the bottle, the labels states that it is alcohol-based (as opposed to ammonia-based). This means that it’s safe to use on most surfaces, and certainly safe for windows and tint. One selling feature is that Turtle Wax has added a “Caribbean Crush” smell. It smells wonderful while using – definitely better than alcohol or other chemical smells.

Technical (21/30, 70%)

Experimental Design

We used our Glass Cleaning test methodology (GA-D-GC-A1) which involved using a piece of glass that is cleaned with alcohol. In this case, the glass was at ambient temperature (9*C, 48*F). We divided it into 4 quadrants since we were comparing Turtle Wax Dash & Glass against various other competitors. You can watch our full comparison video on YouTube.

We used fingerprints, motor oil, and jam (to mimic tree sap and berries) because we believe that these might be common contaminants on your windows. To test, we would spray once on the glass and contaminants, wait 30 seconds, and the wipe off with a blue shop towel. As necessary, we would repeat until clean and we also would buff with a microfibre at the end.

Results

Fingerprints: Glass and Dash worked like a charm. All the fingerprints were removed with one spray.

Motor oil: While this is a torture test, this product really struggled. The first spray and wipe left a significant amount of oil and haze on the glass. It was not very effective. We sprayed a second time and wiped it off again, but there was still haze and grime on the glass.

Jam: The first spray removed the all the stickiness from the surface of the glass. It relatively easy to collect it all. There was a significant amount of haze on the glass. The second spray removed the majority of what was left on the glass however there was some haze left on the surface. A buff with a microfibre cloth was able to remove the rest.

Overall, the Dash and Glass really struggled with the lab tests.

Real World Testing (35/50, 70%)

Our experience using the product

For the real-world test, we used Dash and Glass on the panoramic glass roof our Mercedes SL600. There was quite a lot of dust on it from sitting in the garage over the winter. The roof’s glass was at 9*C (48*F).

Results

The product performed well. We used one spray on the panel. Using a microfibre cloth, we wiped the surface removing most of the dust in one go. We did notice that it took more effort to wipe the surface as compared to Invisible Glass. We noted that there was one streak still left on the glass, but that did evaporate after a few minutes.

While the product did not explicitly state that it helps to bead water, it did say that it has UV protection. We inferred that there must be some sort of film that is left behind. We were hoping that film was provide some water beading, but it did not.

Overall, Turtle Wax Dash & Glass performed ok in the real world test, but was not as good as some of its competitors.

Performance vs. Claims (6/10, 60%)

Product Claim 1

Usable on all-interior surfaces

Results

This was the only product that we tested that could do both glass and interior surfaces. While it didn’t perform the best on glass, it can be used for other applications.

Product Claim 2

Dust-free, non-greasy, and UV protected.

Results

We believe that the product stood up to these claims.

Product Claim 3

Cleans on the first pass

Results

We noted that the product struggled with most of the cleaning objectives. It usually required significant effort to clean glass.

Summary

In conclusion, we believe that Turtle Wax Dash & Glass is a quality product but struggles to effectively clean glass because it is a multi-surface product. In our experience, we believe that the best glass cleaners only focus on glass. We recommend this product as a multi-surface cleaner rather than a glass cleaner.