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post #1 of 21 Old 05-17-2017, 09:37 PM Thread Starter
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Wind screen cleaning word to the wise

So, I got a brand new wee and after almost a week of ownership I decided to give her a bath. I went to clean the wind screen with a soft nylon brush cause it had a bunch of bug juice dried up on it and the brush left a crap ton of micro swirls and scratches. I tried applying some automotive rubbing compound and polishing it in, good news it didn't make the problem worse but made no noticeable difference. Oh well, I guess you live and learn. Eventually I will be putting an aftermarket wind screen on but that is kind of down the farkle list.

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post #2 of 21 Old 05-17-2017, 09:45 PM
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After the first scratch, the 2nd and 3rd won't hurt as much!

The windshield is not meant to be scratch resistant, but it is fairly impact resistant.

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Some people swear by a microfiber cloth and lemon Pledge for regular cleaning. Personally, I still use Plexus. If it's good enough for an F16 canopy, it's good enough for my bike!

Novus is also very good, but somewhat expensive. They make a fine scratch remover which may help with your windshield.
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Novus1 for regular cleaning and Novus 2 for scratch removal
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Thanks for the info, that is a very informative article. I too have work experience on the ole fighting falcon

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Just ordered the novus 1/2/3, 2oz kit from amazon

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Microfibre is your friend. I've never got a screen really clear with Novus tho it helps...maybe not enough elbow grease.

You could try the RainEx for plastic as it might smooth out the scratches and works the charm in the rain. Make sure it's the "for plastic" version. Makes bugs come off right quick.

Now you've made me feel guilty since the Wee is a bit grubby ( yearly bath is overdue )

The pretty CBF gets more cleaning attention.....Honda sure does red

OP - high on your farkle list should be a Madstad bracket...if it's available for your model year you will NOT regret it.
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Microfiber comes in different levels of quality, and care perfects performance. I have a lot of them because I use no rinse type car/mc stuff almost weekly even in winter. I have a few of one color that I just use for cleaning stuff like face shields and mc windscreen. I take particular care of them and never use them for anything else. I have found Plexus to be pretty good, easy to find and not to pricey. Technique is most important. Plenty of good info out there. Even so, the swirls/micro scratches still happen but not so often and not in an overwhelming way. One thing on using MF I find important is to always visually inspect before use for anything stuck on/in it and by quartering it you get to use a new surface of the towel easily to avoid marring with stuff removed with first wipe. Sorry if you already know all this.

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That'll teach you for trying to keep it clean.

After a trip and the bugs are caked and wind/sun baked on the windscreen I wet a couple paper towels and lay them on the windscreen for a few minutes to re-hydrate the bugs. After that spray with the garden hose and 99% of the bugs wash right off. If there are a few stubborn ones left soapy water and a soft clean cloth make short of what's left.
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Factory screens are Polycarbonate on these bikes. But it does not have the hard coating that polycarbonate needs to keep it from scratching so easily. It is very soft without its coating. It can be polished, but takes very fine compounds. With the coating, do NOT polish them often or with course compounds. Once you break through that coating it only gets worse.

Most aftermarket windshields are made of Acrylic. That is naturally more scratch resistant and much easier to polish out swirls and such.

Wetting a windshield and laying damp rags on it really works to soften bugs.
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I spray Meguiars Quik Wax on my windscreen, then buff out with a microfiber cloth.

https://www.amazon.com/Meguiars-G175...uiars+quik+wax

It keeps the windscreen crystal clear and also makes it easy to clean off bugs after a ride. I also apply it to the headlight plastic and all the painted trimwork on the VStrom. If you accidentally spray it on black plastic, it won't leave a white residue.

It works just as well on automobile windshields, too.
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