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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old Jun 11th, 2006, 6:43 pm Thread Starter
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Cleaning the Windshield

What do most of you use to clean your windshields? Especially to get the bugs off. The windshield on the new GT looks like it could scratch and turn yellow very easy. I'm sure using windex is the worse possible thing to do!!

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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old Jun 11th, 2006, 8:43 pm
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Plexus

You're right that Windex is absolutely the wrong thing to use. Apparently, the stuff in most window cleaners attacks the plexiglass and makes it less clear. And there's no fix.

Also, don't use paper towels. I've also been told to never use any kind of cloth except miracle fiber wash cloths. I didn't use to believe that, and in the past I've used old T-shirts, terry cloth towels, and anything else I found as long as it was clean. After totally screwing up more windshields than I can remember, I guess I'm a believer. CLEAN miracle fiber cloth is the hot set up, in my view.

I use Plexus for the windscreen and for my helmet visor. For bugs, I spray it on thick and let it sit a minute or two to soften them up, then work on them gently.

I've also been told to wipe vertically only, so that the scratches you will inevitably cause, will blend in with the normal curve of the windshield.

No doubt there will be some real experts out there who will chime in with four or five step processes...
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I am no Real expert or even and expert.

When washing the bike I use a towel as big as the windshield and soak it with washing soap and just let it lay on the shield while I am washing the bike.
That softens up the little gritters and they wash off.

When the shield gets scratches I use a pollishing buffer with 3M glazing compound. Then I wax it.

That works for me.
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post #4 of 14 (permalink) Old Jun 12th, 2006, 6:44 am Thread Starter
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Thanks guys,

I'll see if I can dig up some micro fiber cloths.

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Lots of water and soap.

When I'm washing the bike, I spray the shield with lots of water and let it soak. I then will use a soft mitt with lots of soap and scrub gently. As far as cleaning the shield only in between bike washings, a wet towel and sponge with soap works well. I also use Novus brand plastic polish to get rid of any small scratches that occur. There are two different bottles I use and I can't remember the names but the labels are blue and red respectively. When I bought my bike a couple of months ago the shield was in less than stellar shape and this stuff made it look new.


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post #6 of 14 (permalink) Old Jun 12th, 2006, 11:34 am
 
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I use either plexus or honda spray cleaner.

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post #7 of 14 (permalink) Old Jun 12th, 2006, 4:48 pm
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Put some Hydrogen Peroxide in a spray bottle...soak bugs and then wash with soap and water. Bugs are protein, which Hydrogen Peroxide does not like...
No problems with shield or paint...but I don't let it set for too long.

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I've used this process on military aircraft. my own aircraft (1947 Stinson), and my 03 GT. The plexiglass windscreens stay looking like new. Wet down the screen with water to remove dirt particles and Big bugs Then use the palm of your hand to remove the bugs. Don't rub hard as you'll scratch the surface. A continuos stream of water from a wet rag helps remove the bug guts and then followed by a good flush. I then let it air dry. Next the magic formula, Pledge furniture polish in spray can. I shoot the windscreen and then use a soft cloth in a vertical stroke to polish windscreen. The windscreen comes out shining, the bugs don't stick as easy, and you'll love the lemon or orange smell. I also use this on my helmet visor.
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a320drvr:
You actually want to fly in a plane that is as old as I am?

Your NUTS!
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Get microfiber towels from Lee Parks Design .com.
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