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Was in a hurry after a concert and very humid and I could not see what I was doing very well (no lighting). I had very heavy dew on the outside and inside of my bike windshield so I grabbed a t-shirt and just started wiping. Not sure what was on the shirt but now I have very fine scratches on my windshield. How do I remove them and what do I use? Stupid mistake!!! I have been so careful up till now on what I use but the damage is done now !!

Also what do I use in the future to clean it to keep the scratches down to a minimum??
 

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It would seem like superficial scratches should polish out. I use Meguiars plastic windshield polish and love it but Mothers appears to be a good brand and I've even heard of people using unscented Pledge.

As an added note, I keep a cotton towel in my tool kit for just such a needed cleaning.
 

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I used Kit brand "scratch out" with an orbital buffer, then (here we go) put some lemon pledge on it, it isn't like new, but it was what I feel to be as clear as It could possibly get, made a big mistake by using a gas station squeejee prior to that.
 

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Your going to get so many answers on this topic, you will be right where you left off, trying to figure out what to use. It largely depends on what type of windshield you have. There should be a mark at the bottom that would tell you. I have a Polyshield - I use Novus #3 for heavy scratches #2 for polishing and #1 for just cleaning. Now if you have a hardshell on the surface, get your wallet out if it's deep, if not polish it. Not to say Knute is wrong, but you should never use an orbital buffer on a windshield. All it takes is a micron orthreeof dirt on the polisher and you will have scratches in circles. You should always use vertical strokes or horizontal strokes while cleaning. These are less detactable to the eye while driving in sun or oncoming headlights. If you use a cleaner containing alcohol or ammonia (including Windex or Pledge) you start softening the hard coating (if one is applied), exposing the windshield to greater tendency to scratches. Never use Rain-X on any coated windshield of any type (motorcycle windshields anyway). Alcohol or high-petroleum-content cleaners are even more destructive to aftermarket windshields made of Lexan. I guess I'm saying read the contents of what you use and determine what you want. As I said earlier I use Novus, but there are others as well that are formulated for what your windshield is made of. Some windshields are made of a Plexi base with a hard shell added, some are Luxan, some are (what Luxan is made of) Polycarbonate, with different types of coatings on them as well.
 

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Know thy enemy, and know him well.

I have found that knowing what the material is composed of,knowing its process of manufacture,and using the manuacturers (not the distributor or resellers) recommendations as a base-only guidelend evidence to MY approach to materials maintenance. There are many types and gradesof Plastics and PolyCarbonates, each with their own proportional mixes of Plasticizers, Elastomers, Hardeners, Poly-this and Poly-that,etc.. Then add in all of micron thin surface coatings.

Great-Day Man... add-in to the mix my ADD, and it's months before I'll even touch it.

Usually though, it's the simplest answer that works, and works best.

Plastic Polish... without abrasves.
 

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i have only used pledge on my wings scince 94 . very happy with the results! :)
 

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Lemon pledge works wonders. Don't take my word for it, just take the plunge and you'll be a convert. Get the softest cloth you can find (no paper towels) and spray away. It is pure magic, and a whole lot cheaper than anything else. I have even started using it on my cars headlights to protect the coating on them and remove the bugs. Carnuba is good.
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First & foremost, I agree with most everything Spiderbob wrote.

However, I had pretty much the same problem with the original windshield on my bike from the PO. I installed a new shield and was about to throw the old original shield away when I thought, "What the heck...I can't hurt it anymore than it is." So, I purchased some NEW pads for my orbital buffer and some MEGUIAR'S Motorcycle Plastic Cleaner & Polish.....and went to work !

I put on & removed two applications of the MEGUIAR'S and was so pleased with the results that I did a third application. My old scratched hazed shield looks practically like new. I'm going to put it back on for cooler weather riding.

Now if anyone tries what I did, REMOVE YOUR WINDSHIELD, place it on a soft, managible surface (I used an oldthick beach towel)and DO NOT press hard on the buffer...let it do the work for you....make certain that you are using NEW, CLEAN Applicator pads & polishing pads....also try it first on an area of your windshield that is not as noticable.....I can't gaurantee the results on all windshields, but mine was outstanding !!!!

Oh, and I too have been using lemon pledge on my bike windshields for 20 + years with great results...the "key" is to use a CLEAN, SOFT cloth on every ride.

Happy Riding !!! :action:
 

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3M actually makes a Kit for polishing plastic headlamps...now of course, I have been polishing headlamps for years before they even came out with the kit. Spider-Bob is correct, though, I have used orbital buffers on my windshield for years. Buffing with different compounds and different pads. If the scratches are deep, you can sand it with 1500 grit, then switch to 3000 grit prior to buffing.

I know that I have this stuff around the shop and it is crazy expensive to buy it, so take this post with a grain of salt....or talk to somebody in the collision repair industry....

PS.....I've been using lemon pledge on my street rod for years!!!
 

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So far I haven't seen anyone say not to use Pledge. Does it help to hide/eliminate scratches or just to protect against new ones? Thanks in advance...
 

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tbonehunter wrote:
So far I haven't seen anyone say not to use Pledge. Does it help to hide/eliminate scratches or just to protect against new ones? Thanks in advance...
I say use pledge, there have been some nay-sayers as to what it could possibly do in a bad way, but, I have never seen or heard where pledge wrecked thier windshield, I use it, many here use it(for a long time), it's wax for crying out loud, how the heck could that wreck your windshield?!?!? (OOPS, I'm trying to be a little more sensitive these days!):D
 

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Oh....forgot to mention in the earlier post...I also use pledge on our helmets & the face shields....cleans the helmets so good, and leaves the finish with a glossy deep color to it...as if you're looking down "IN TO" the finish rather than just the surface.

Also 'knute' is right...it is a wax...and it aids in protecting the finish against bug guts, bird poop and other 'natural substances' that we encounter while riding along. :cool: :waving: :action:
 

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i have the circular scratches also and will try your fixes,but my big problem is how do you keep the windshield from fogging up when i'm riding.it can be so bad i have to stop.
 

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BlueWinger wrote:
Oh....forgot to mention in the earlier post...I also use pledge on our helmets & the face shields....cleans the helmets so good, and leaves the finish with a glossy deep color to it...as if you're looking down "IN TO" the finish rather than just the surface.
I forgot about that Bluewinger, I used pledge on my wifes helmet and faceshield, it did make it much clearer on the shield, and the hemet had a "luster" like I've never seen, until I see any detriment from using it, I'll keep using it.
 

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OK, so I have a windshield I took off that the mounts broke out of it during my accident. It's a good test piece. I started using pledge on it. So far nothing wrong with it at all. I have done about 20 polishes with pledge so far. I might even add it's looking pretty darn good. I'm going to keep it up for a month or two and just see what comes up if anything.

I will say that I also use pledge on our helmets and visors for many years with no bad results. I'm just not convinced yet to do it on my new windshield. Time will tell.
 

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I put pledge on my bike and helmet also and the results are WOW!!!!!!!!
 

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OK, so I have a windshield I took off that the mounts broke out of it during my accident. It's a good test piece. I started using pledge on it. So far nothing wrong with it at all. I have done about 20 polishes with pledge so far. I might even add it's looking pretty darn good. I'm going to keep it up for a month or two and just see what comes up if anything.

I will say that I also use pledge on our helmets and visors for many years with no bad results. I'm just not convinced yet to do it on my new windshield. Time will tell.
SpiderBob, I like your technique......I love a good 'market test ' :cooler:

My experience with the pledge is that you do have to keep changing your rag to a clean one (not every time you use it, but often) Remember that pledge does pick up substances, dust, & dirt and causesthem to stick to the cloth (rag)....and after the pledge dries away, thebuild up on the cloth becomes 'hardened' (so to speak)....THIS will cause streaks & scratches & in some instances possibly a 'spider-webbing' haze to form....but then most any type of cleaner for the winshield will do the same thing, ifusing a dirty cloth. :cool:

That's why I keep clean, soft rags in my shop and changethem about every2nd ride. When I get a load of rags, I chunk them into the washing machine and run them through a cycle using a mild detergent. ;)

Keep us informed as to how your test & research turns out.....and most importantly, if you don't trust a product "DON'T USE IT !!!"

Happy & Safe Riding ! :waving: :action:
 

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I had something happen that is new to me... I have used pledge with 100% results on everything.

BUT... the california scientific ws that came on the wee seems to be turning a milky color. No scratches at all, but when the light hits it, it is clearly not clear...lol, that looks funny.

anyhoo, I wonder if it has a different kind of plastic.
 
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