Prepping Your windshield for Rain


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Prepping Your windshield for Rain

Postby trj827 » Wed May 22, 2013 5:42 am



I'm finding this GW isn't bad in the rain and handles pretty well BUT what can you put on the windshield / helmet that will allow you to see past the rain drops since bikes don't come with windshield wipers.....hitting pot holes in Chicago doing 30 mph is no fun and can be painful and dangerous.



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Re: Prepping Your windshield for Rain

Postby bustedwing » Wed May 22, 2013 6:34 am

I have used spray detail, as it works on the bugs, the ones you do get are easier to come off, and the rain rolls right off. So after every ride I wash the trike, wipe it down, then use the spray detail on it especially leading areas to protect on the next ride. As you can see I have a 1990 a I get a lot of compliments on it an many cannot believe it's that old. Ride safe.
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Re: Prepping Your windshield for Rain

Postby themainviking » Wed May 22, 2013 7:17 am

Lemon Pledge works also, as does Rain[coat] from MotoSolutions.com

The Lemon Pledge is easy to apply, washes off in about three washings, so it needs to be reapplied, but it is easy to find and very inexpensive. I do my entire bike with it.

The Rain[coat] works very well, but is more expensive and harder to get. I have never seen it other than at Motosolutions online.
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Re: Prepping Your windshield for Rain

Postby NKYWinger » Wed May 22, 2013 8:04 am

I also use Lemon Pledge on the windshield. It seems to work as well as any specialty product. It does seem to make the rain drops bead up - similar to Rain-X, but a whole lot easier to apply!
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Re: Prepping Your windshield for Rain

Postby WingAdmin » Wed May 22, 2013 11:39 pm

I've used this stuff, Moto Solutions RainCoat, and it works amazingly well - great for on your helmet visor as well: viewtopic.php?f=18&t=6924

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Re: Prepping Your windshield for Rain

Postby slingshotm » Thu May 23, 2013 6:29 am

Will this work to help fill in minor scratches in an older windshield?

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Re: Prepping Your windshield for Rain

Postby WingAdmin » Thu May 23, 2013 6:37 am

slingshotm wrote:Will this work to help fill in minor scratches in an older windshield?


I've never thought about that - but it goes on as a paste and is then polished in, so it is possible, I suppose. But it does wear off over time, so it would not be a permanent fix.

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Re: Prepping Your windshield for Rain

Postby slingshotm » Thu May 23, 2013 7:13 am

Thanks Admin, I have use liquid car wax on mine and it helps to take out small scratches and swirls and cuts down on night time glare as well as helping with bugs and water. Will be home in July for 2 weeks from Afghanistan and will probably order some and try it then. Will let you know how it works and finally get some pics uploaded.

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Re: Prepping Your windshield for Rain

Postby bustedwing » Thu May 23, 2013 10:35 am

Some of the paste waxes will etch the windshield so don't use them. Also some will turn the windshield yellow. Be careful with what you use.
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Re: Prepping Your windshield for Rain

Postby Sidcar » Thu May 23, 2013 12:58 pm

I tried various products. I found Pledge as good as any but none got the screen clear enough to use at night. Oncoming headlights made it difficult to see where I was going. In the end I sliced three inches off the top of the screen so I could see over the top. Much safer.

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Re: Prepping Your windshield for Rain

Postby trj827 » Tue May 28, 2013 5:01 pm

Thanks for the tips.....I've got some lemon pledge on it now and hopefully I won't need to test it but it's been raining a whole lot this year here in Chicago keeping me from riding as much as I'd like to.

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Re: Prepping Your windshield for Rain

Postby Big Blue UK » Wed May 29, 2013 2:17 am

I use RainX, you have to get the shield REALLY clean of road film etc. Wipe on first liberal coat as you would wax, allow to dry then apply second coat. Allow to dry then wipe over with a soaking wet but not dripping wet cloth. Allow to dry then polish with dry cloth
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Re: Prepping Your windshield for Rain

Postby WingAdmin » Wed May 29, 2013 6:39 am

RainX should not be used on your windshield! It will damage it.

From the RainX site:

http://www.rainx.com/tips-information/faqs/

Q: Can Rain‑X® Anti-Fog be used on acrylic?
A: No. This product should not be used on acrylic, plastic, motor bike helmets or motor bike windshields.

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Re: Prepping Your windshield for Rain

Postby SKMURDOCK » Wed May 29, 2013 6:49 am

I have used Plexus with good results, but not specifically for keeping the windshield clear in the rain. According to the website, it was originally developed for aircraft windshields and other surfaces.

http://www.plexusplasticcleaner.com/about.html

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Re: Prepping Your windshield for Rain

Postby minimac » Sat Jun 01, 2013 7:51 pm

I have tried Pledge and it works well, but I use a spray detailer(protectorant). It works well for night riding, bugs don't stick too badly, and rain beads up and flows nicely. Plus it's a lot cheaper than Pledge, especially off brand names, which work just as well.

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Re: Prepping Your windshield for Rain

Postby tfdeputydawg » Mon Jun 03, 2013 8:30 am

WingAdmin wrote:RainX should not be used on your windshield! It will damage it.
Q: Can Rain‑X® Anti-Fog be used on acrylic?
A: No. This product should not be used on acrylic, plastic, motor bike helmets or motor bike windshields.

While I would never put the "common" formula of RainX on my Wing's shield, we need to be aware of a few items here!
1. Wing windshields are hardcoated polycarbonate and not acrylic!
2. There is a marine formula of RainX available if one is inclined to use such a product.
3. Waxes and polishes leave a "build up" on the shield which results in scratches in that film as one cleans the shield. Not usually much of a problem unless one is riding into the sun!
Cleaning often w/water and a clean towel, IMO, is best.
Or, as I have just done, one might consider a F4 windshield. These are hardcoated(SpeedGlass) polycarbonate and are to be cleaned using Windex sprayed onto paper towel!
One suggestion for wet weather riding no matter what shield you have. A strip of clear door edge guard placed across the top of the shield prevents the water from running over the top into the vacuum pocket and thus all over you and your helmet shield!

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Re: Prepping Your windshield for Rain

Postby Fiberthree » Mon Jun 03, 2013 11:13 pm

I have had good success with Eagle 1 Nanowax. It doesn't take much and the best part is there is no white powdery mess to deal with when it dries.
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Re: Prepping Your windshield for Rain

Postby banditman87 » Wed Jun 12, 2013 11:16 am

RIDE FAST, WATER TRICKLES AWAY, PROBS SOLVED!

just joking, i use auto glym car glass polish works a treat. Its british but im sure a scan of flee bay would help my cross continent brothers!
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Re: Prepping Your windshield for Rain

Postby oilboy1162 » Sun Jun 16, 2013 3:40 pm

I like the idea of the door stripping around the windscreen. Really hate those large drops sneaking over and hitting faceshield or trikling down the inside surfave. Gonna give it try. thanx Dawg!
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Re: Prepping Your windshield for Rain

Postby r.swanson » Tue Jun 18, 2013 12:54 pm

nuvete polish number 6 takes out scr and reples water.




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