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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Sep 7th, 2010, 2:05 pm Thread Starter
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Petrol marks on screen - how can I remove them ?

On a recent trip around Europe (yes - it was fantastic , 3300 miles in 11 days) I splashed some petrol on my screen. It has left some milky marks - is there a way I can polish them out ? If so, what do I use and how do I do it ?

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old Sep 7th, 2010, 6:59 pm
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Same thing happened to me. The return spring on the pump handle's latch failed or was missing so the pump latched in the open position without me knowing it. When I released the handle, the handle didn't release with me and it kept merrily spewing petrol at full speed all over me, the bike, and everything nearby.

In my case the milky effect seen in the windshield was due to the plastic being damaged by the petrol. It is not a layer that can be washed off. No solution for me other than replacing it.
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old Sep 8th, 2010, 10:48 am
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It can't be removed but there are products that can hide the mark. Unfortunately those products are not available to the general public. If you take your bike to a competant detailer he will be able to hide it temporarily but nothing will remove the mark. The plastic has been altered. It is damaged. I splashed mine as well and after paying $20 about a half dozen times to hide the mark I decided to replace the windscreen.

Always have a piece of paper towel in your other hand before you begin pumping the fuel. You can use it as a splash guards in lots of ways.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old Jan 23rd, 2011, 11:52 pm
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same thing happened to me and my aeroflow windscreen. I bought some Novus scratch remover #2, and put a buffing wheel on my Dremmel tool. you need to be real light with the Dremmel so that you wont carve into the screen, but about 10 minutes later on all that milky etching was completely gone.. If you are gonna trash your windscreen for a new one, try the Dremmel technique, what do you have to lose??
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old Jan 24th, 2011, 5:19 am
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What bike, how old?

If the bike is an older RS, try what others suggested but consider getting a new screen anyway. I bought the 'Comfort' screen for my RS which I think is a GT screen and it just gives a bit more height.

Although I bought mine a few years back before our sales tax went up to 20%, I didn't think the dealer price was too over the top.

If your screen is oldish, putting on a spanking new shiney screen is a simple job and will make your bike look like it's new!

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old Jan 24th, 2011, 11:27 am
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While I have no experience with this exact issue, I have used the following product to remove scratches in plastic with varying degrees of success:

I'm not sure if it will work for your issue but I thought I would offer it up in case you were not familiar with the product.

Best of luck!

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