Haze on windshield.


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Haze on windshield.

Postby Davek80514 » Thu May 28, 2015 9:39 pm



How can I clean the haze off the windshield? I've tried cleaning it with the Honda cleaner, but it doesn't seem to last.
Thanks in advance for your thoughts & suggestions.


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Re: Haze on windshield.

Postby bstig60 » Thu May 28, 2015 11:42 pm

I use behold to clean my shield. I tried the honda cleaner and it left a haze on the windshield.
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Re: Haze on windshield.

Postby Davek80514 » Fri May 29, 2015 12:13 am

I'll give behold a try.
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Re: Haze on windshield.

Postby tfdeputydawg » Fri May 29, 2015 12:20 am

It depends on what material your shield is made of? Is it OEM or after market(what brand?) and how old is it?

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Re: Haze on windshield.

Postby bstig60 » Fri May 29, 2015 12:33 am

Beat me to it! That was my next question.... I have an Optic Armor on my bike now, but I used the Behold on my OEM windshield and the Slipstreamer I had on my 88. It works well for me.
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Re: Haze on windshield.

Postby CMReynolds1 » Fri May 29, 2015 9:35 am

Sorry to be so dumb, what is Behold and where do I find it. I have a Slipstreamer and want to try it also.

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Re: Haze on windshield.

Postby bstig60 » Fri May 29, 2015 10:07 am

Behold Furniture Wax can be found in your local grocery store. I use the lemon kind. It is like Pledge, but half the price.
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Re: Haze on windshield.

Postby gordonv » Fri May 29, 2015 8:43 pm

OEM windshield has a plastic film on it, and can not be "cleaned" off.

You need to remove it. There should be lots of how-to from different people and methods. Tape works too. I've had best results with masking tape left on for a while. But it isn't perfect, and I wasn't actually trying to remove it.

Since I didn't like the size of the windshield, I just bought a new one.

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Re: Haze on windshield.

Postby Davek80514 » Fri May 29, 2015 9:10 pm

tfdeputydawg wrote:It depends on what material your shield is made of? Is it OEM or after market(what brand?) and how old is it?

OEM windshield, 1992.
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Re: Haze on windshield.

Postby Happytrails » Sat May 30, 2015 7:40 am

Did OEM windshields have a coating on them? My bike came with a hazed out slipstreamer. I guess I could have used some meguirs x polish on it but I just ended up replacing it with an F4.
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Re: Haze on windshield.

Postby tfdeputydawg » Sat May 30, 2015 8:23 am

Davek80514 wrote:
tfdeputydawg wrote:It depends on what material your shield is made of? Is it OEM or after market(what brand?) and how old is it?

OEM windshield, 1992.

Thank you.
That means it's made of polycarbonate that is hard coated. Unfortunately this material "yellows" over time. For example, look around at some older cars with composite headlamps, especially Chrysler cars.
Due to the age of your bike, I'm afraid you will need a replacement.
However, I would suggest you try one of the headlamp restoration kits first. Worth a try!
The suggestion about removing the coating is not a good idea! The polycarbonate material is a very "soft" material, thus one of the reasons for the hard coat. Without the coating it will scratch very easily!

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Re: Haze on windshield.

Postby Mh434 » Sat May 30, 2015 12:46 pm

I'm with tfdeputydawg on this one. The coating is very, very hard - I tried available polishing kits (supposedly for this specific job) on a helmet screen (same stuff as the OEM windscreen, with the hardened coating) and they did absolutely nothing. I spent a very long time on it with zero effect, even under magnification. As I had nothing to lose, I upped the ante to Autosol metal polish. Nada. Zip. No effect. I finally went to black oxide 400 grit paper, then 600, then 1000 (all wet). I did succeed in removing the coating, but it seemed as though dust falling on the screen was enough to scratch it.

All I've done on my OEM GL1500 screen is to use non-polishing car wax (Mother's, carnauba, in my case) after getting the screen nice & clean. It comes back to crystal clear & scratch-free in appearance. The downside is it only lasts a few weeks, although this usually coincides with the time another good wash is needed, so it hasn't been inconvenient. The good news is that the wax won't harm your windscreen, and that bugs just wipe off without trouble.




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