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post #1 of 28 Old 08-28-2011, 06:54 PM Thread Starter
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ruined windshield?

Okay, I'm not proud of it, but I think I have pooched my stock windshield by getting a degreaser containing a solvent on it. The shield now has what looks like milky water marks all over it. Does not wash off, shield feels clean, so I'm assuming some kind of chemical reaction has happened just under the surface.

Any suggestions? Perhaps buffing with a cream of some kind? Thought about painting it black as a last resort but I would have to paint the outside of the screen cause paint on the inside only would likely just highlight the problem.

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3M makes some plastic cleaning/polishing compounds that work well.

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3M makes some plastic cleaning/polishing compounds that work well.
Plus one on that. It might take some elbow grease to get it polished out, depending on if it etched into the surface or not.
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It depends on whether the windscreen is acrylic or polycarbonate. Acrylic can be cleaned and polished with the very mild abrasives formulated for the task. It is easily shattered though and is not normally used for windscreens.

Polycarbonates are much stronger but have to be coated to prevent clouding as a reaction to moisture in the air. If there is damage beneath the coating, it can't be fixed.

This case sounds like the solvent penetrated the bond between the coating and the polycarbonate. That would cause the underlying plastic to cloud up from chemically combining with moisture or from the solvent itself.

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Thanks guys. It's the 2010 OEM shield. On the bottom left it says:
Panlite
DOT-280 M-211B
AS-6&7
Suzuki-27G0
>PC<

I assume the PC stands for polycarbonate. I'll try another polish or two, nothing to lose, but I think GreyWolf's assessment is probably what has happened. The degreaser was the Maxim degreaser aerosol used to clean oiled air filters, chains, etc. Worked great getting the crap off the skid plate and swing arm but then I absent-mindedly used the same sponge on the windshield with soap and water. Guess I'll be watching the Marketplace forum for any spare windshields. :embarassed:

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Yup Panlite PC is polycarbonate (made by Teijin) and as GW says it doesn't buff out.

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And not to nitpick but cars have windshields, bikes have windscreens.

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