Using Rain-X on motorcycle windshield


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Using Rain-X on motorcycle windshield

Postby jrgood » Fri Jan 01, 2016 10:09 pm



I've always liked what rain-x does for my car windshield. So I've begun carrying a small bottle of rain-x and clean microfiber cloth in the trunk of my GL1800. I use the rain-x only if I get caught needing to ride in the rain. Wow, it makes a huge improvement in visibility. I can even pull over and apply on a wet windshield and it still works. I've been doing this on an occasional as needed basis for several years with no yellowing of my windshield. Has anyone else tried this technique? jrgood



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Re: Using Rain-X on motorcycle windshield

Postby NVSB4 » Fri Jan 01, 2016 11:06 pm

If you do a search here on Rain-x, you'll find that it's not good for the plastic that motorcycle windshields are made of.
They have just come out with a Rain-x for plastic if you want to stick with the same brand.
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Re: Using Rain-X on motorcycle windshield

Postby Mh434 » Sat Jan 02, 2016 5:57 pm

X2 on the caution - IIRC, it says right on the bottle that its for glass only, NOT plastic. If there's a specific RainX for plastic, I'd consider using it.

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Re: Using Rain-X on motorcycle windshield

Postby FM-USA » Sat Jan 02, 2016 6:45 pm

Rain-X threads on windshields has come up often.

I've used Rain-X on glass and also one squirt in the windshield wipers reservoir.
"When you're squirt'n, it keeps work'n."

Also used it on all my bikes shields for decades and had no problems what-so-ever.
BUT I only do this in the shade, this could be where others have problems.

My habit:
I'll soap & water clean the shield first. Use 'Fine Cut' McGuire's top to bottom only and soap & water again.
I've now started spraying Rain-X on JUST enough to wet the shield and rub it around with my thumbs palm until it just starts to dry then clean terry sock it until dry. Again, up & down only.

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Re: Using Rain-X on motorcycle windshield

Postby WingAdmin » Sat Jan 02, 2016 8:40 pm

Rain-X will cause degradation and early cracking of plastic - it says right on the bottle (and on the web site) not to use it on plastic. It is for glass only.

They have a version of Rain-X now that is specifically intended for plastic, so there is no reason to use the wrong kind (meant for glass).

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Re: Using Rain-X on motorcycle windshield

Postby warrenmm » Sun Jan 03, 2016 8:44 am

Tulsa Windshield say to only use water to clean the windshield and to only use light pressure in either an up and down or side to side motion, never in circles.

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Re: Using Rain-X on motorcycle windshield

Postby FM-USA » Sun Jan 03, 2016 8:59 am

. . . i can see this thread going the way of oil and DarkSide threads.

Everyone has there experiences, good, bad and some ugly.
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