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post #1 of 6 Old 09-13-2009, 08:26 PM Thread Starter
 
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Unhappy FYI - Beware of Solvents - Big Oops

So, silly me to think that I could get some sticker adhesive off the back of my stock windshield with some of that Goof Off stuff I've been using around the house. I've used Denatured alcohol before on plastics, but not this stuff. We're talking Xylene and Toluene here, petroleum distillates, and they distillated the heck out of my screen, leaving me with a hard, white, swirly fog where my sticker used to be. Looks like the stuff ate the surface of my screen and then vomited it back out from the rag I was using.

Needless to say, I am an idiot in need of a replacement stock screen (let me know if you can help). So, the lesson here is, don't be me. Stick with window cleaner and alcohol solvents for your windscreen!
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Yep. I had a run in once with acetone and plastic. Bad ending with those two....

Gotta be careful.



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Although not as serious I tried to use model cement on styrofoam when I was a kid. Didn't work out well.

Sorry you had to learn the lesson the hard way. It sucks, but we've all been there! Just remember, it could've been worse!

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Stick with window cleaner and alcohol solvents for your windscreen!
You want to avoid those as well. While alcohol and ammonia may or may not do immediate visible damage, they will accelerate drying out of the plastic and cause it to become brittle and crack prematurely.

Mild soap only -- and I even go easy with dish soap, some of which can be very drying. Warm water with a little soap is all I need for bugs and whatnot.

I would personally avoid sticking anything on the windscreen, but if I did, I'd consider leaving it there rather than try to remove it safely. If I did decide to remove it, I'd use a hair dryer first, and then if necessary, Goo Gone or similar sparingly, but nothing else.

Organic solvents and plastics do not mix. ;-)
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a little heat,

and about the only good use for wd-40
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oops

Ah yes, you might be right about other solvents drying out the plastic. Thanks.
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