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Windshield cleaning

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Would like to post a little tip on windshield and for those who ride without one a face shield cleaning tip.
I bought some lint rollers in a four pack at Costco some time ago which means I'll have them for a while. While cleaning off the windshield one day remembered that one of the big problems is rubbing grit and insect parts into the shield. Usually spray some soap on it and flush with water and lightly rub it off with a soft cloth.
Thought about it a bit and grabbed one of the lint rollers and rolled it back and forth in multiple directions over the windshield and then cleaned it off. The roller lifted the dusty grit off pretty well and you can peel the sheets back as needed. It eliminated the nasty dust that scratches things up if you're not careful.
Have a full face Arai, of course with the face shield. It does a good job on the shield and allows a good gentle washing in the sink with dishsoap and a cloth extending the life of those expensive things. Lift the grit off and things last longer.
These things also work well as an inexpensive tack rag when refinishing or repainting things where applicable
If someone has posted something about this before, apologies, I didn't see it.



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t2oldbikes wrote:
Tue Aug 08, 2017 12:56 pm
Would like to post a little tip on windshield and for those who ride without one a face shield cleaning tip.
I bought some lint rollers in a four pack at Costco some time ago which means I'll have them for a while. While cleaning off the windshield one day remembered that one of the big problems is rubbing grit and insect parts into the shield. Usually spray some soap on it and flush with water and lightly rub it off with a soft cloth.
Thought about it a bit and grabbed one of the lint rollers and rolled it back and forth in multiple directions over the windshield and then cleaned it off. The roller lifted the dusty grit off pretty well and you can peel the sheets back as needed. It eliminated the nasty dust that scratches things up if you're not careful.
Have a full face Arai, of course with the face shield. It does a good job on the shield and allows a good gentle washing in the sink with dishsoap and a cloth extending the life of those expensive things. Lift the grit off and things last longer.
These things also work well as an inexpensive tack rag when refinishing or repainting things where applicable
If someone has posted something about this before, apologies, I didn't see it.
Interesting. When my father started his tool and die shop, building a machine to make lint rollers was one of his first projects. There were hundreds of them laying around as the machine was being tested. Had I known your little trick I could have used them on my first Honda.
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best thing ive ever used for my helmet visor and windscreen is pledge furinuture spray . have used pledge scince 94 when i bought my first wing :-)

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best thing ive ever used for my helmet visor and windscreen is pledge furinuture spray
The manufacturers of polycarbonate say you shouldn't use products containing petroleum distillates. And Pledge has lots of them.

I use Autoglym Fast Glass, which is designed for polycarbonate as well as glass. It is pricey but you only need a little. Then I use Rain-x for plastic, to help the rain bead off.
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Gotta admit, I use Pledge on my windshield also, works great......

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I am not suggesting the Pledge isn't effective. It is just that it contains petroleum distillates, and these compounds, according to the manufacturers of polycarbonate, should not be used.
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I use Aerospace 303 protectant.

I learned from flying to always wipe in the vertical. Any scratching that may occur will less pronounced.

Also just started using someone else's tip about using hydrogen peroxide to dissolve the bugs. AMAZING!

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Re: Windshield cleaning

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Well, I'm relieved to know that my practice of smearing honey on my windscreen to lick while I'm on my long rides has no deleterious effects on it! :D

In all seriousness, though, that is a cool list! Thanks for posting. It looks safe from coolant and relatively safe from fuel. Can't figure out if it safe from the other fluids on the bike, as I don't know what their ingredients are. Same goes with a lot of the cleaners - I have no idea what's in them.

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I am surprised to see that ammonia is no good at all for lexan.
That means we should NEVER use Windex on our windshields.

And I'm even more surprised to see that gasoline is listed as
'excellent' on the chart. Weird.
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I have no idea what's in them.
Most companies will provide an ingredients list made available on line.

eg http://www.whatsinsidescjohnson.com/us/ ... emon-clean
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I just use a damp microfiber towel followed by a dry one. Just water that's all. Works fine with no chemicals.

Every now n then I use some Honda spray wax on it, it beads water like crazy n seals bugs out so they don't stick. Also makes riding in the rain easier as water rolls right off.

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Every now n then I use some Honda spray wax on it, it beads water like crazy n seals bugs out so they don't stick. Also makes riding in the rain easier as water rolls right off.
And according to Honda it is safe for use on clear plastics. Lots of people give this product rave reviews.
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I have been using "Meguiar's Quick Detailer" for years on my first Wing, a 1983 1100, and later on my 2008 1800 since new between washings and waxings, including my windshield. I use it when I am traveling to clean bugs and dirt off of the windshield and take the dust off of the paint, but I use a micro-fiber cloth and keep it clean. I carry 2 micro fiber cloths in a plastic baggy in my travel trunk along with a small spray bottle of the Quick Detailer. When a deep cleaning is required, I use "Meguiar's Plastic Polish" which is formulated for plastic windshields and again with a micro fiber cloth. Of course if the windshield gets extremely dirty, I wash it with mild soapy water first to get off any heavy grit before finish cleaning.

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To get the windshield sun haze that builds up over time , I use Meguair's Plastx weekly. Daily bugs I just spray windshield washer fluid. I find letting the bugs soak before wiping them off makes it easier on the windshield. ---Plastx---http://www.ebay.ca/itm/like/25310351404 ... dispItem=1

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When I take day trips, I come home and clean my shield with Novus Plastic Clean&Shine #1 which works great. When I go on trips with the wife for 2-4 weeks, space is at a premium since I don't attach a trailer. Last year we traveled 24 of the lower 48 states over a month. This was in June and the bugs were out in force each and every day. As I said no room for niceties like polish and cleaners. At each gas stop I took the stations squeegee and a bunch of paper towels made damp with same fluid in stations squeegee bucket to clean off entire front end of bike. Took about 5 minutes once I developed a system. Didn't scrub like I was washing a pot and was light on the paper towels as well. Always filled up and cleaned again at last stop of day. When I came home polished shield with Meguiar's and don't see any damage to shield. Don't understand the comment in another post that said manufacturer does not recommend any cleaners with petroleum distillates but a couple people said they have used pledge and it works great. I remember the government, scientists and doctors telling me not to eat too many eggs, pork or saturated fat back in the 80's also. Ever go into a diner and see pictures of people at a parade etc. from the old days. Most people were of normal weight regardless of age. Look around today and clearly something went wrong in the American diet. Just saying experience counts and not all things coming out of a think tank is always correct. Lastly, the oil is changed because of the heavy use it gets in the machine. Your windshield gets heavy use as well so eventually it can be replaced.

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Lomcevak wrote:
Sat Aug 12, 2017 9:05 pm
I use Aerospace 303 protectant.

I learned from flying to always wipe in the vertical. Any scratching that may occur will less pronounced.

Also just started using someone else's tip about using hydrogen peroxide to dissolve the bugs. AMAZING!
I too started using hydrogen peroxide to dissolve bugs based on others recommendations, and I agree it works GREAT! Plus it's inexpensive. :D
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I use Plexus. It works great. I'll usually cleaning whenever I fuel up. It takes about 5 minutes to do the following.
1) Before I start fueling, I spray the inner and outer surface of the screen to let the bugs and debris loosen up.
2) After fueling, everything is now soft and ready to be easily cleaned.
3) Using one of about 4 microfiber cloths I carry, I wipe the inner surface first, using very little pressure, horizontally. I always wipe in the same direction, and gently. This prevent circular swirls and scratches.
4) I then repeat the same process on the outer surface, doing it last since it is dirtiest. After several cleanings, it's time to shift to a clean towel.

That's it. The screen stays scratch-free for years. I like the idea of using Honda spray wax on there. I will try that to see if it does even better.

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I have been using Sprayway Glass Cleaner on my windshields (all 3) for some time now and have been very happy with it. It is ammonia free and available at Costco for about $8 for 4 cans. I even use it on my face shield with no problems. Spray it on, going a little heavy on the bug spatters, let it sit for a minute, then wipe it off with a microfiber cloth.
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I have a windshield on my 85 that has had nothing other than Plexus used on it. The windshield is 25 years old and still looks like new. My 92 had a yellowing OEM shield on it and with regular Plexus cleaning, it also looks good again.

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My previous 'wing was a 1999 GL1500SE, and I used Maguire's aircraft windshield polish on it for 5 years. It ended up looking like my skin does after a bad sunburn: peeling flecks of dead something. Therefore, I am really scared to use any product on my new bike.

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Don't worry, use Plexus and wipe gently in one direction only with microfiber towels or the synthetic drying clothes you can buy at Walmart.

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I just stumbled onto micro fiber cloths about a month ago when I was struggling to clean large house windows without getting streaks all over the place. I did some research and found some good ones from Amazon. I bought a bunch of them and use them on almost everything (from kitchen sink to applying sealer/stain on new windows).

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009F ... ingdocs-20

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I just use a damp microfiber towel followed by a dry one. I only use water. I have never used a cleaner even on a really dirty windshield. After I've got it clean then I go over with a couple of coats of Honda spray polish. Keeps the rain off and keeps the bugs from sticking so bad. Almost like having wipers.

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Post by mweddy@gmail.com »

Spray glass cleaner from the Dollar Store. (no ammonia).
Then wax it with whatever I have, currently Turtle Wax.



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