What to use. . . . ?


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What to use. . . . ?

Postby Uncle Fester » Mon Mar 24, 2014 7:55 pm



Okay folks, what do you use to clean your windscreen ? Is WINDEX safe on them or do I need to look for some __________ ?


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Re: What to use. . . . ?

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Mar 24, 2014 8:06 pm

No! Never use any ammonia-based cleaner on your bike windshield.

There are lots of expensive specialty cleaners (I really love Meguiars PlastX, but many people (myself included) swear by good old unscented Pledge cleaner.

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Re: What to use. . . . ?

Postby Uncle Fester » Mon Mar 24, 2014 8:30 pm

Pledge ? Really ? Ok, then one more question, will the Pledge wipes work too ?
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Re: What to use. . . . ?

Postby Big Bob » Mon Mar 24, 2014 8:48 pm

I have a Tulsa X-tra tall windshield, and I use they're shield cleaner called B-210. Works great! Another product that is supposed to work good is made by Seafoam, is called Bugs Be Gone. Never used it, just heard it works good! :D

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Re: What to use. . . . ?

Postby Uncle Fester » Mon Mar 24, 2014 8:53 pm

B-210 ? Where can I find that ? I am not sure of my wind-screen is a Tulsa or not, but it is a tall sucker, not sure if I like it or not as I look THROUGH it, not over it. I do admit it is nice on a 38* morning. . . but riding into the rising or setting sun, it SUCKS ! Lol
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Re: What to use. . . . ?

Postby tmilam » Tue Mar 25, 2014 4:40 am

Been using this stuff for years.
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Re: What to use. . . . ?

Postby Bigbiker0 » Tue Mar 25, 2014 6:32 am

tmilam wrote:Been using this stuff for years.

I did cut mine cannot ride looking trough with all the bug,sun and road dust stick on it. It's worst when it rain with water drops in the windshield,plus drops in the helmet shield and glasses.
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Re: What to use. . . . ?

Postby Dusty Boots » Tue Mar 25, 2014 7:20 am

To clean the bugs and dirt off the windshield - lay a terry cloth face cloth that has been soaked in water over your shield for a minute or so to soften up the bugs and gently wipe off, using vertical strokes.

To Polish .... Until recently when I started using Turtle Ice, (less static buildup/dust attraction) I had been using Lemon Pledge since the mid 70's, since Craig Vetter recommended using it to polish his bags/fairings/windshields.
While out on a tour, I stick with the Pledge.
Spay it on and polish it with vertacle strokes only, - no horizontal, or circular wiping

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Re: What to use. . . . ?

Postby harvey01 » Tue Mar 25, 2014 7:42 am

F4 windshields told me to use Windex on their shield. After 4 years it seems to work fine. I do use the warm rag trick on the shield if the bugs and dirt is excessive as this works.

I have used the Honda cleaner, Protect All, Plexus and probably something else in the past but the windex is the easiest to use and with a microfiber rag does a good job on the F4 shield.
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Re: What to use. . . . ?

Postby Big Bob » Tue Mar 25, 2014 9:17 am

http://www.allamericanprod.com/tulsaacc.html

Here is the link to they're website, products are not cheap but work well. I did not know about using the Honda cleaner (not made by Honda anymore) for the windshield. I've always used it as a quick cleaner/wax, and that is the best for that, really cleans up the bike nicely!

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Re: What to use. . . . ?

Postby robb » Tue Mar 25, 2014 1:19 pm

I use carnauba wax, sheds water and bugs wipe away with a tissue. No damage ever.

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Re: What to use. . . . ?

Postby Fatwing Chris » Tue Mar 25, 2014 4:41 pm

Uncle Fester wrote:Pledge ? Really ? Ok, then one more question, will the Pledge wipes work too ?


Yes the wipes will work.I take a couple of packages when we head out for holidays as they take up no room at all.
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Re: What to use. . . . ?

Postby tmilam » Tue Mar 25, 2014 4:47 pm

harvey01 wrote:F4 windshields told me to use Windex on their shield. After 4 years it seems to work fine. I do use the warm rag trick on the shield if the bugs and dirt is excessive as this works.

I have used the Honda cleaner, Protect All, Plexus and probably something else in the past but the windex is the easiest to use and with a microfiber rag does a good job on the F4 shield.



Hate to get off topic, but how do you like the F4? Been looking at one for my 1500.

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Re: What to use. . . . ?

Postby Uncle Fester » Tue Mar 25, 2014 6:50 pm

tmilam wrote:
harvey01 wrote:F4 windshields told me to use Windex on their shield. After 4 years it seems to work fine. I do use the warm rag trick on the shield if the bugs and dirt is excessive as this works.

I have used the Honda cleaner, Protect All, Plexus and probably something else in the past but the windex is the easiest to use and with a microfiber rag does a good job on the F4 shield.



Hate to get off topic, but how do you like the F4? Been looking at one for my 1500.



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Re: What to use. . . . ?

Postby OnPapasWing » Tue Mar 25, 2014 7:38 pm

tmilam wrote:Been using this stuff for years.


+1
I haven't read all the reply's for this post yet, so apologies if this has been mentioned. You can also use a used dryer sheet. You will be surprised how well it removes old dried on bugs.

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Re: What to use. . . . ?

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Mar 25, 2014 9:55 pm

harvey01 wrote:F4 windshields told me to use Windex on their shield. After 4 years it seems to work fine. I do use the warm rag trick on the shield if the bugs and dirt is excessive as this works.

I have used the Honda cleaner, Protect All, Plexus and probably something else in the past but the windex is the easiest to use and with a microfiber rag does a good job on the F4 shield.


F4's are a bit different, they have a coating over the plexiglass to prevent anything from scratching/degrading it.

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Re: What to use. . . . ?

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Mar 25, 2014 9:56 pm

tmilam wrote:Been using this stuff for years.


I use that stuff (Honda spray cleaner) as well - it's fantastic, and works on the entire bike, not just the windshield. Throw a can and a couple small terrycloth towels in a saddlebag, and you can have your bike looking sparkling clean in 10 minutes sitting in a parking lot.

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Re: What to use. . . . ?

Postby Big Bob » Wed Mar 26, 2014 9:14 am

Has anyone used the Honda Cleaner on a Tulsa windshield? Just curious if they like F4 have they're own "special coating" that another spray could damage. Hate to screw up a good windshield because of a cleaner. It would be nice to only carry one type of cleaner on trips, not multiple cans.

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Re: What to use. . . . ?

Postby harvey01 » Wed Mar 26, 2014 11:22 am

Uncle Fester and Tmilam,

I don't want to say too much off the thread topic, but I really like the F4 windshield. Mine has been on since 2009 and is in great condition and I would guess about 40-50,000miles in that time.

If you want a more detailed info, email me at: hwilson723@comcast.net
And ask your questions and I will be glad to answer.

I love the convenience of just carrying a small bottle of windex instead of a can of something else.
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Re: What to use. . . . ?

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Mar 27, 2014 11:38 am

Big Bob wrote:Has anyone used the Honda Cleaner on a Tulsa windshield? Just curious if they like F4 have they're own "special coating" that another spray could damage. Hate to screw up a good windshield because of a cleaner. It would be nice to only carry one type of cleaner on trips, not multiple cans.

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I have a Tulsa windshield and have been using the Honda Cleaner on it for over two years. Works great.

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Re: What to use. . . . ?

Postby TheChief » Fri Mar 28, 2014 9:00 pm

Uncle Fester wrote:Okay folks, what do you use to clean your windscreen ? Is WINDEX safe on them or do I need to look for some __________ ?


In a suitable container combine:

1 quart distilled water
1 quart 91% Isopropyl alcohol
2 to 3 drops of Dawn Dishwashing detergent.

Do not use 70% rubbing alcohol. Part of that missing 30% is lanolin, an oil that will leave streaks and a film.

I use this to clean telescope optics, camera optics, laptop displays, flat panel displays, smart phone displays, tablet displays, reading glasses, magnifying glasses, etc.

You can find spray bottles in Wally World or on Amazon.

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Re: What to use. . . . ?

Postby Big Bob » Sat Mar 29, 2014 9:25 am

I have a Tulsa windshield and have been using the Honda Cleaner on it for over two years. Works great.

Read more: viewtopic.php?f=6&t=21138&sid=1eaa7989738932b40ca63c14e1f02611#ixzz2xMU9Evzp


Good to know!! Thanks WingAdmin!

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Re: What to use. . . . ?

Postby wing in atlanta » Fri Apr 04, 2014 2:17 am

I also use Honda cleaner on a Tulsa tall. No problems for me.

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Re: What to use. . . . ?

Postby Head » Fri Apr 04, 2014 5:18 pm

Hydrogen peroxide in a spitzer bottle, spritz a little on dry ed bugs and let them soak for a minute, it really softens them up and they rinse and wipe right off, and helps guards against small scratches when trying to remove the bugs.
I only use soft cotton for drying and polishing and Rain X treatments, works beautifully especially in the rain, I also do my helmet visor. I, when needed use polishes and buffers to kept the clarity.
Just some of the things that work for me.

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Re: What to use. . . . ?

Postby wing in atlanta » Sat Apr 05, 2014 12:18 am

I only use soft cotton for drying and polishing and Rain X treatments,

Are you using regular Rain-X. I thought that was a NO-NO on plexiglass?




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