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windshield cleaner

Postby DougR » Mon Jan 23, 2012 8:59 pm



The place I bought my wing from had taped a for sale sign on the windshield. That spot is super clean and clear. How can I get the rest of the windshield to look as clean as where the tape was?



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Re: windshield cleaner

Postby ka4yqi » Mon Jan 23, 2012 10:03 pm

Lets see, someone else had this problem. Me. The 98 I bought had a sign in the windshield. Road it home thru a peephole. I took shipping tape and would put it on it and then peal it off. This took the layer off. Went down to the local walmart and got some McQuires(spelling) plastic polish and work it out like new. A little elbow grease and it will look good.

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Re: windshield cleaner

Postby fysty-1 » Mon Jan 23, 2012 10:54 pm

There are a number of expensive lexan cleaners but most of us have found that good old fashion Lemon Plege works best & furthermore you can use all over the bike. :D :D :D :D :D :D :D
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Re: windshield cleaner

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Jan 24, 2012 12:17 pm

I've also used Meguiars motorcycle polish on a windshield with good results. It has tiny abrasives that polish scratches out and leave things smooth.



What you might be experiencing is a protective layer removal - some plexiglas windshields are coated with a hard layer to protect the soft plexiglas. The layer does get scratched, just not as easy as the plexiglas does. The tape might have peeled off the protective layer, leaving smooth, virgin plexiglas exposed - which is why it appears clear and smooth.

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Re: windshield cleaner

Postby DougR » Tue Jan 24, 2012 12:38 pm

I can't believe lemon juice would work. I bought McQuires headlite polishing kit last night. It comes with various creams, some more abrasive than others. I thought I would try the least abrasive first?

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Re: windshield cleaner

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Jan 24, 2012 12:39 pm

DougR wrote:I can't believe lemon juice would work. I bought McQuires headlite polishing kit last night. It comes with various creams, some more abrasive than others. I thought I would try the least abrasive first?


Lemon pledge works well for cleaning, but doesn't do anything for scratches.

Starting with the least abrasive cream first is a good plan. Make SURE you get the stuff wiped off before it dries, or you'll re-scratch the windshield removing it when it's dry.

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Re: windshield cleaner

Postby fysty-1 » Tue Jan 24, 2012 2:29 pm

GS, Doug didn't mention scratches just that the w/s was cleaner where the tape was & that is why I recommended as I did. I for one would & have rather spend the 150 to replace a badly scratched w/s than try & poish it clean. I use to work with various thickneses of plexi in a trophy shop I managed & polishing the edges to that glass like finish was a real chore. I would try the Plege first then go on to the McQuires ( which is a excellent product). Cheers Angela :D :D :D :D
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Re: windshield cleaner

Postby bndbelle » Mon Feb 13, 2012 8:27 pm

I can hardly see at night when the headlights or streetlights hit my windshield. I have a box of Meguiars headlight restoration and was wondering if that would help me with my issue. I read the post above but they said motorcycle plastic polish. Is this the same ?
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Re: windshield cleaner

Postby cbx4evr » Mon Feb 13, 2012 8:52 pm

DougR wrote:The place I bought my wing from had taped a for sale sign on the windshield. That spot is super clean and clear. How can I get the rest of the windshield to look as clean as where the tape was?



I'm thinking that when you removed the tape you took away some of the coating, whatever it is, on the windshield.

I noticed the same thing when I taped off an area with painters tape to cut a vent into mine. When I removed the tape the coating came with it and the windshield looks clearer around the vent depending on what angle I look at it from. I thought of taping the entire windshield but have thus far resisted.
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Re: windshield cleaner

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Feb 14, 2012 11:16 am

bndbelle wrote:I can hardly see at night when the headlights or streetlights hit my windshield. I have a box of Meguiars headlight restoration and was wondering if that would help me with my issue. I read the post above but they said motorcycle plastic polish. Is this the same ?
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I had an old, scratched-up windshield that I was probably going to end up throwing away, so I thought; what the heck, I'll try the Meguiars headlight stuff. And believe it or not, it did a fairly good job at removing a lot of the scratches. You have to make sure you remove it before it dries however, or else it will scratch it even more.

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Re: windshield cleaner

Postby bndbelle » Tue Feb 14, 2012 4:48 pm

WingAdmin wrote:
bndbelle wrote:I can hardly see at night when the headlights or streetlights hit my windshield. I have a box of Meguiars headlight restoration and was wondering if that would help me with my issue. I read the post above but they said motorcycle plastic polish. Is this the same ?
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I had an old, scratched-up windshield that I was probably going to end up throwing away, so I thought; what the heck, I'll try the Meguiars headlight stuff. And believe it or not, it did a fairly good job at removing a lot of the scratches. You have to make sure you remove it before it dries however, or else it will scratch it even more.

Thanks, I think I will try it before I start looking for a new windshield.

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Re: windshield cleaner

Postby Lone Wolf Top » Tue Sep 10, 2013 11:24 am

Thanks for all the info you put out on this post.
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Re: windshield cleaner

Postby bndbelle » Tue Sep 10, 2013 3:54 pm

I did buy it at Wal-Mart and now I can see just fine at night. No need for a new windshield yet.

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Re: windshield cleaner

Postby NKYWinger » Wed Sep 11, 2013 6:24 am

Now that it's scratch free, try Pledge - it really does work. I, also, was sceptical but it works, and works well :D
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Re: windshield cleaner

Postby DuneStalker » Wed Sep 25, 2013 5:49 pm

fysty-1 wrote:There are a number of expensive lexan cleaners but most of us have found that good old fashion Lemon Plege works best & furthermore you can use all over the bike. :D :D :D :D :D :D :D


How well does the Lemon Pledge remove the hard-to-remove bug guts? I've used dish soap or car soap, water and a sponge or a micro fiber mitt, but only the "top layer" of bug guts seem to have been removed.

I haven't used anything abrasive since everything's plastic on this baby and I'd rather not scratch it.

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Re: windshield cleaner

Postby NKYWinger » Wed Sep 25, 2013 6:11 pm

DuneStalker wrote:How well does the Lemon Pledge remove the hard-to-remove bug guts?

I've found it works rather well, actually! I just use Pledge and a micro fiber towel.
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Re: windshield cleaner

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Sep 25, 2013 8:35 pm

DuneStalker wrote:
fysty-1 wrote:There are a number of expensive lexan cleaners but most of us have found that good old fashion Lemon Plege works best & furthermore you can use all over the bike. :D :D :D :D :D :D :D


How well does the Lemon Pledge remove the hard-to-remove bug guts? I've used dish soap or car soap, water and a sponge or a micro fiber mitt, but only the "top layer" of bug guts seem to have been removed.

I haven't used anything abrasive since everything's plastic on this baby and I'd rather not scratch it.

Thanks!

Charles
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Take a towel, soak it in warm water, and when still wet, put it on the windshield. Let it sit for a few minutes. It will liquefy even the most cement-like hardened bug guts, and they can then be easily wiped off with the towel.

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Re: windshield cleaner

Postby wjnfirearms » Thu Sep 26, 2013 7:56 am

You can also try detail spray. Believe it or not, detailer does a pretty good job removing crap off of a windshield. If you have any of the waterless cleaner sprays, they work pretty well also.

For one badly scratched, you can use the Meguiars Headlight Restoration kit. I tried one to restore a badly damaged windshield I tried to save for the Windjammer on the Wing. Between the abrasive pads and polish, I managed to save a windshield that most would have thrown away. I just regret that I didn't do before-after pictures. It was pretty impressive. I do believe that replacement Windjammer windshields go for around $100. Correct me if I'm wrong. The Meguiars kit goes for about $30 and the drill pad is cleanable and reusable compared to the Mothers version. .

For less abrasive polishing, I highly recommend Flitz. Using their Flitz Ball on a drill makes it an easier and better process. I've been able to do some pretty spectacular clear repairs using this combo. The stuff is hard to find other than buying it directly from them. www.flitz.com . Amazing stuff from Germany that is probably the ultimate hard surface polish.
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Re: windshield cleaner

Postby NKYWinger » Thu Sep 26, 2013 8:34 am

:D Flitz does a killer job on aluminum as well! (Got mine at Wing Ding) :D


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