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Skeldog
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I rode my 98 all afternoon saturday and enjoyed it till the last 45 mile leg going west into the sun -I had not noticed the windshield being so poor till the sun was low and then it was pretty difficult to see through and with the sun right in front and no sunglasses or visor on my helmet,so it was either ride with one hand on the bars and the other shading my eyes or be almost blinded. I have no idea if this is the original or not-but the previous owner trimmed some off the top and in the process I think scuffed the surface some. is there a product which is really worth spending the time to try to polish the surface or is it better to bite the bullet and order a new one?


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Re: windshield

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I have used Novus with good results on my Tulsa Tall windshield.


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MikeB wrote: Tue Nov 02, 2021 3:45 pm I have used Novus with good results on my Tulsa Tall windshield.
How often do you need to use the polish and how do you like a Tulsa?
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Happytrails wrote: Tue Nov 02, 2021 9:28 pm
MikeB wrote: Tue Nov 02, 2021 3:45 pm I have used Novus with good results on my Tulsa Tall windshield.
How often do you need to use the polish and how do you like a Tulsa?
I only had to use the polish once after 12 years and 153,000 miles of use. There was a build up of polish and some micro scratches that I needed to take care of.

How do I like the Tulsa? It is my preferred shield. I don't like any other windshields. Been using Tulsa since 2000.
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Thanks- I ordered a lit of the Novus product today.
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I have a new windshield on my bike, it's only been on 3 months and I'm really careful when I clean it. It has micro scratches on it too. Difficult to see through it in direct sunlight. I find it bad when someone has their brights on when coming at me. Now I don't know if it comes like that from the factory or not. I think it's just the nature of the plastic.
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Gordcode4 wrote: Fri Nov 05, 2021 7:37 am I have a new windshield on my bike, it's only been on 3 months and I'm really careful when I clean it. It has micro scratches on it too. Difficult to see through it in direct sunlight. I find it bad when someone has their brights on when coming at me. Now I don't know if it comes like that from the factory or not. I think it's just the nature of the plastic.
That does sound annoying. Have an F4 customs windshield and have never noticed this and it about 7 yrs old. Optically its always impressed and I thought that eventually it would get scratched up and need replacing but that hasn't happened. Makes me feel better about how much money they cost. My Ural has a Cee Baileys thats not very old but its gotten some scratches in it and if I clean the heck out of it sometimes its not bad. Funny thing is I spent extra for the Cee Baileys and would have been better off sticking with the stock windshield so not money well spent I dont think.
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Cleaning acrylic is a challenge for sure.
It is relatively soft for the work we expect from it.
Getting all the bugs and grime off from a days ride without scratching the shield in the process is the challenge.
I like to pressure wash it first then with a CLEAN soft terry or microfiber cloth Ive used pledge, mothers vinyl and leather cleaner and novus all with good results, but novus is probably the best.
But dont just "dust" it when dry, it needs to be lifted in a liquid medium,,, IMO.
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Micro scratches happen and there really is nothing you can do to avoid it. When you clean your windshield, do not use a circular motion. An up and down stroke will minimize the effect of how the light refracts off of the scratches and be less noticeable.

To help loosen bugs and such from your windshield, use a hot wet towel and place it over the windshield for several minutes.
Another way to remove bugs is to use Hydrogen Peroxide. Spray it on and watch the protein bubble up then wipe it off.

Using a good plastic cleaner and polish is very helpful too. Try Sumner Laboratories 210 Plastic Cleaner/Polish. Its sells for about $15 for a 14 ounce can.
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Same here try to use least abrasive way of cleaning. I usually have optimum no rinse in a spray bottlle and a soft microfiber. Squirt the bugs, let it sit and do it again. Finish up with pledge. Doing it regularly the bugs dont stick so much so easier cleanups. Notice bee's like the smell of pledge :shock:
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Toothpaste is a really good Plexiglas polisher.

ALWAYS clean, polish, rub, etc in an up-and-down motion. This reduces glare when the sun hits it, because the tiny scratches don't prism the light as much as when they are horizontal.
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Which brand of tooth paste?
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"Which brand of tooth paste?"

A: The kind recommended by 9 out of 10 motorcyclists.

After carefully cleaning and drying my Vetter windscreen with a soft cloth, I apply ArmorAll. It seems to reduce the scratches and makes it easier to clean off future bug splats.
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Another product that works good for acrylic is Polywatch. Watchmakers use it to polish acrylic crystals to remove scratches.


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