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post #1 of 14 Old 03-26-2008, 12:23 AM Thread Starter
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Windshield Care

Not that I mind, since I've got a Givi screen on order, but I've managed to scratch the stock shield in pretty short order. Had a screen on my previous bike but never had a problem scratching it while cleaning.

I used Plexus plastic cleaner and a microfibre cloth. The cloth looked clean but there's some chance it may have picked up a bit of very fine grit in it. After cleaning, the windshield had a lot of very fine scratches on it. Bad choice of cleaner? or cloth? or blame some grit?

I think my last shield (OEM Honda cruiser product) was a Lexan (polycarbonate) shield; what is the stock Strom shield made from? What is the Givi shield made from?

Stromtroopers with newer Givi shields: what have you found works well to clean your shield and what has led to any problems?

If you know of a previous thread that has answered these questions, I'd be happy to be directed; I searched but couldn't find anything. Is it not possible to search for a combination of words?
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post #2 of 14 Old 03-26-2008, 07:38 AM
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There is something about the stock windshield, but it seems to scratch very easily. I use Pig Snot cleaner with microfiber cloths on my Harley windshield with no problems at all. Used the same stuff on my new Wee and it left some small surface scratching. The Suzuki shield just seems to be soft or something.

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My stock screen scratched easily also. I have the "cleaning plexiglas windshields" sheet that came w/ my cee baileys screen here, and it says to make sure to rinse and use your bare hand to dislodge any caked dirt or matter, and rinse and dry with a clean damp chamois. They also recommend soft flannel as a wiping medium. It states that acetone, benzine, carbon tetrachloride, fire extinguisher fluid, paint stripper or laquer thinner, and especially, window sprays or kitchen scouring compounds will damage the shield. I may have screwed my stock one with the window sprays. I can't imagine anyone using some of that stuff though. Meguiars mirror glaze mgh-17 plastic cleaner or meguiars mirror glaze mgh-10 plastic polish are recommended products for my plexiglas 'baileys.

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For "Normal" cleaning I use Eagle 1 20/20 Glass Cleaner which is alcohol-based as opposed to ammonia-based. Most of the glass tinting films recommend not using ammonia-based cleaners since ammonia is supposedly hard on plastic.

I've also started using Novus plastic polish for the past year or so and love it. About once a month I polish my screens with that and it takes all the small scratches out. Novus and Plexus are two of the brands recommended by Zero Gravity and they do work pretty well.

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post #5 of 14 Old 03-26-2008, 08:22 AM
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Lemon Pledge

I use lemon pledge on my windscreen and visor. Spray on, then using a very soft cloth, or micro fiber, spread it all over the windscreen. Let it set 1-2 min then using a dry/new cloth polish it up. Badly scratched may take 3-4 attempts. I have used this for 15 years. Same visor for 3 years..

Bonuses : The citric acid dissolves bug impacts, water beads and flows off.
it leaves a nice lemony smell

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post #6 of 14 Old 03-26-2008, 10:34 AM
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In the aviation community the windscreens are very critical to safe flight and crazed or scratched windscreens are murder if landing into the sun.

All the research out there and the best alternative always comes back to lots of clean clear water first (maybe using your hand lightly) to eliminate as much of the fine particulates as possible, then follow with cleaner of your choice. There is not much better than Plexus or Honda's polish (out of production) for this purpose. I have had good results with some waxes like pledge, but they do build up over time and I have heard that the petroleum distillates in some of these may make your plastic brittle.

For cleaning plexi or lexan, get the Mequirs (sp) Polish or Cleaner to help eliminate light scratches (read bottle to determine which one for your level of scratching). It will also eliminate wax build up.

Always clean vertically (up and down) never in circles or horizontally (side to side) as these make scratches more evident visually.
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I use LP* record cleaning fluid: 1:10 soluton of denatured alcohol and distilled water in a spray bottle and lots of it. I wipe it down with flannel then apply Rain-X.

I don't do it that often, I think people tend to try to keep their windsheilds too clean which, I believe, is the primary cause of scratching.

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I also use Pledge, works great.

If you want to get the scratches out, I've had tremendous success using Brasso. And if some of the scratches are deep, I'll put a soft cloth rag on my orbital sander and use that to apply the Brasso. Worked on my windshield as well as my faceshield.

Brasso, however, does not leave a nice, lemony scent. Use outside if at all possible.

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There is not much better than Plexus or Honda's polish (out of production) for this purpose.
Actually Honda Polish isn't truly out of production. It's still there, still available, it just doesn't say "Honda" on it any longer. Honda did discontinue it. The company that actually made it for Honda knew a good thing when they saw it so it's still sold under their name. Same can, same colors, just doesn't say Honda on the can.

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I used the cleaner that came with my Cee Baily screen on my stock screen w/microfiber cloth (new out of the bag). The stock screen ended up with tiny scratches, was worse than when I started?
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