Sooper Dooper Moderator
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Anaheim, CA, USA
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...