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1500 windshield

Postby hap2 » Mon Jun 22, 2015 11:49 pm



I covered the bike with liguid wax with UV protection in it. They said I could do the lexin windshield with it as well, but they were wrong. Now it's starting to oxidize & now there are patches of damage (not the same as the rest of the windshield). What can I do to get rid of these & bring it back to normal? Someone said wash it real good, then put some nail polish remover on these patches & it might work, but thot I'd ask here first.



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Re: 1500 windshield

Postby tom84std » Tue Jun 23, 2015 6:06 am

I've had very good luck using this on painted surfaces as well as motorcycle windshields. I've used a pad on the drill but it makes a helova mess. Of course it removes a few thousandths from the surface but in most cases that's the point. It cuts but leaves a very glossy surface.

http://www.amazon.com/Formula-613191-Sc ... cratch-out

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Re: 1500 windshield

Postby dingdong » Tue Jun 23, 2015 7:23 am

Most nail polish removers contain acetone. prolly not good on the windshield.

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Re: 1500 windshield

Postby brettchallenger » Tue Jun 23, 2015 6:11 pm

If you really want to ruin your windscreen for good, then put acetone on it - see this video to get a good idea



I suspect that your windscreen is pretty much ruined anyway and you may have to replace it. There are few products which you can safely use on polycarbonate, other than water. There are some products designed to be used to help rain bead away such as Raincoat but that is pretty much it.
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Re: 1500 windshield

Postby tom84std » Tue Jun 23, 2015 6:17 pm

I had no idea anything could react so quickly. That was almost instantaneous!

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Re: 1500 windshield

Postby hap2 » Tue Jun 23, 2015 8:19 pm

So are Goldwing 1500 OEM windshields polycarbonate or lexin or is that the same thing?

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Re: 1500 windshield

Postby NVSB4 » Tue Jun 23, 2015 8:56 pm

So the morale of the story is to never follow a truck filled with acetone. :D
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Re: 1500 windshield

Postby MikeB » Wed Jun 24, 2015 12:29 am

From the sounds of it, you have one option. Replace the windshield with a new one.
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Re: 1500 windshield

Postby hap2 » Wed Jun 24, 2015 12:48 am

It ain't that bad. It still works. I'd say only 3% of it is affected (small blotches).

Just bugs me, but it keeps the bugs off, deflects the wind & cold air, & I can see thru it.

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Re: 1500 windshield

Postby RoadRogue » Wed Jun 24, 2015 1:54 am

hap2 wrote:So are Goldwing 1500 OEM windshields polycarbonate or lexin or is that the same thing?

Lexan is GE brand name of Polycarbonate. So yes they are the same thing. Many windhields are made of acrylic not polycarbonate 8-)
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Re: 1500 windshield

Postby MikeB » Wed Jun 24, 2015 10:31 am

If you put that wax/protectant all over the windshield, you will be lucky if you can see through it for much longer. If I were you, I'd start saving for a replacement windshield.
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Re: 1500 windshield

Postby hap2 » Wed Jun 24, 2015 10:50 am

I can wait until I can't see thru it at all, but as I mentined, it's only 4 or 5 little blotches that don't seem to b spreading or making anything worse (maybe I rinsed it off before all the damaging effects started to take place).

I can getta good used one for $40. so I ain't that concerned about it.

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Re: 1500 windshield

Postby Dogsled » Fri Jun 26, 2015 10:34 am

I'd go find "They said I could do the lexin windshield with it as well" and throw a whoopin on him!!!!!! :lol:
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Re: 1500 windshield

Postby hap2 » Fri Jun 26, 2015 10:57 am

I will tell the company what happened. Maybe they'll buy me a new windshield, but I kinda doubt it.

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Re: 1500 windshield

Postby Dogsled » Fri Jun 26, 2015 1:29 pm

Are you saying this is an aftermarket windshield?
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Re: 1500 windshield

Postby hap2 » Fri Jun 26, 2015 10:29 pm

I believe it is, but I can probly find out by askin the guy I got it from.

Y do u ask?

The little blotches from the UV protection in that liquid wax are still there, but don't impair my vision much & not spreading (as in oxidizing), just kind of annoying a bit to look at.

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Re: 1500 windshield

Postby Dogsled » Sat Jun 27, 2015 10:07 am

If it was aftermarket like the F4 they say you can clean it with anything. I use Novus cleaner from the bike shop cause I was told by other wingers factory windsheild can only be cleaned eith certain cleaners.
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Re: 1500 windshield

Postby raven41951 » Mon Jun 29, 2015 9:34 am

Try using pledge on it. Yes furniture cleaner/wax. It works quite well on polycarbonate. We use it on injection molding machine guards (lexan).

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Re: 1500 windshield

Postby hap2 » Mon Jun 29, 2015 10:23 am

OK. But I doubt if even Pledge will take this stuff off, but I will try. FYI, the guy I got it from thinks it's aftermarket, so may b easier to clean. Gonna try to remove a small piece with a razor blade.

Thanks for the suggestion.

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Re: 1500 windshield

Postby MikeB » Mon Jun 29, 2015 10:46 am

How about including a picture of the windshield and the damage? Also, look at the base of the windshield or at one of the bottom corners. There is usually a molded/cast in manufacturers identifier so anyone can tell who made the windshield. There may be someone here that can identify the manufacturer and tell you whether it is Lexan polycarbonate or acrylic plastic. That would eliminate a lot of speculation on which windshield it is and possibly how to proceed.

For a product and method to polish out scratches, try looking at this You Tube Video.



Or, just Google Polycarbonate Windshield scratch repair or Acrylic Windshield scratch repair.

Sorry, but I do not think there is a way to fix the cloudiness and splotchy mess that you have experienced by applying a chemical containing petroleum distillates.
I don't think it will ever be back to 100% clear but you can try several different polishes made for Acrylic and Polycarbonate to try and clear it up to an acceptable level. Or, you can just replace it. After all, the money and time you are expending to make a bad windshield acceptable have probably exceeded the amount of money and time you would have spent on a replacement windshield.
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Re: 1500 windshield

Postby Dogsled » Mon Jun 29, 2015 2:54 pm

I have a random orbital sander. I went to harbor frieight and got some cloth buffing wheels that slipped over the base. I have a full bottle of Novus scratch remover, didn't do jack by hand. 1 to 10 being totaly clear mine was a 3....I look over my windshield and plus don't want my bike thinking the windshield is more important since I never was that either. I squirted this stuff on and buffet the devil out of it. When i got bored after a long time I cleaned it and it is now a 1.....amazing.....i'm good for another 21 years.
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Re: 1500 windshield

Postby Camer12 » Tue Jun 30, 2015 5:12 pm

Try using headlight restorer.

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Re: 1500 windshield

Postby Dogsled » Tue Jun 30, 2015 5:55 pm

headlights are glass ????? windshields are plastic.....
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Re: 1500 windshield

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Jun 30, 2015 6:56 pm

Dogsled wrote:headlights are glass ????? windshields are plastic.....


Headlight restorer is for modern cars that have plastic enclosures for the headlights, which gets foggy over time from abrasion and exposure to UV (sun) light. The restorer product is an abrasive paste that takes a small layer off of the plastic, leaving it clear again.

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Re: 1500 windshield

Postby Dogsled » Wed Jul 01, 2015 10:14 am

Ah......I was thinking of the wing headlight.....


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