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windshield cleaning ??
« on: May 30, 2012, 12:26:00 am »
Just wondering what some of you guys are using to wash the windshield while on a trip ??

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Re: windshield cleaning ??
« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2012, 12:33:24 am »
I have always cleaned my FJR and now C14 shield with Mother's Detailer (no soap or water) and then finish with Pledge Furniture polish. I use the same on the helmet shields. If you never tried pledge on your plastic, you will be amazed!!
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Re: windshield cleaning ??
« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2012, 01:38:31 am »
I don't know about on a trip but at home I get a towel soaking wet and wring it out a little and lay it on the windshield and headlights for about 30 min. and the bugs and whatever comes right off even in the cracks.
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Re: windshield cleaning ??
« Reply #3 on: May 30, 2012, 01:52:27 am »
Plexus is my weapon of choice :)
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Re: windshield cleaning ??
« Reply #4 on: May 30, 2012, 02:42:06 am »
Micro-fiber towell wet with just plain ol water...  :)
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Re: windshield cleaning ??
« Reply #5 on: May 30, 2012, 03:00:57 am »
 Plexus and a soft old tshirt in the pannier. Get small can to save space

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Re: windshield cleaning ??
« Reply #6 on: May 30, 2012, 09:21:06 am »
When possible I lay a soft clean, [warm] water soaked cloth over the windscreen to soften bugs and wipe them off. Then I follow up with Plexus. I carry a small can and plexus soaked cloth. If no water available, then just Plexus can suffice in a pinch.
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Re: windshield cleaning ??
« Reply #7 on: May 30, 2012, 09:36:28 am »
Thank you guys ....... this is great info !! I'm gonna have to travel light so these tips will help !!  :)

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Re: windshield cleaning ??
« Reply #8 on: May 30, 2012, 12:19:48 pm »
Just to add to the Pledge comments... Pledge makes pre-moistened wipes in a zip-lock bag that are easy to carry on the road. A quick wipe with these, followed by a micro-fiber cloth is good for touch ups/bugs while traveling.

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Re: windshield cleaning ??
« Reply #9 on: May 30, 2012, 01:20:34 pm »
Baby wipe.  If it is good enough for a baby's butt, it's good enough for my windshield.  You can get them in a pre-packaged resealable small soft pack.  Cheap to boot.

Those Clorox wet wipes are a bit too harsh chemically IMHO.
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Re: windshield cleaning ??
« Reply #10 on: May 30, 2012, 07:09:52 pm »
I cant believe no one here has mentioned Cee Bailey's windshield cleaner!

http://www.ceebaileys.com/cleaner_prods.html

It's all I use and will make your windscreen look like brand new!

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Re: windshield cleaning ??
« Reply #11 on: May 30, 2012, 08:32:38 pm »
I cant believe no one here has mentioned Cee Bailey's windshield cleaner!

http://www.ceebaileys.com/cleaner_prods.html

It's all I use and will make your windscreen look like brand new!



It looks very nice. But if you go on the CalSci website. They give you a formula for their (CalSci) cleaning solution (that works pretty good) for free. So it costs you very little to mix it up yourself.

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Re: windshield cleaning ??
« Reply #12 on: May 30, 2012, 08:54:23 pm »
I always carry this on trips.  Love it.  I buy it by the 12 can case, it's worth it, IMO.

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Re: windshield cleaning ??
« Reply #13 on: May 30, 2012, 09:05:52 pm »
works for me perfect too ... very simple but very easy to have it with you ;-))

Micro-fiber towell wet with just plain ol water...  :)

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Re: windshield cleaning ??
« Reply #14 on: May 30, 2012, 09:08:01 pm »
I always carry this on trips.  Love it.  I buy it by the 12 can case, it's worth it, IMO.

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Wow, not cheap (like Plexus). Is it really worth it? I notice they don't list a travel size can. I take it that you get the big aerosol can or the little spray bottle?

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Re: windshield cleaning ??
« Reply #15 on: May 30, 2012, 09:27:41 pm »
Micro fiber towels and Plexus BUT...  recently I've been using a witches brew of 1oz Dawn, 1 oz liquid Pledge, 14 oz H2&O when I'm at home followed by the Plexus.  The witches brew works faster on bugs than Plexus alone.
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Re: windshield cleaning ??
« Reply #16 on: May 31, 2012, 12:03:35 am »
It looks very nice. But if you go on the CalSci website. They give you a formula for their (CalSci) cleaning solution (that works pretty good) for free. So it costs you very little to mix it up yourself.



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Yup it does :)
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Re: windshield cleaning ??
« Reply #17 on: May 31, 2012, 12:31:13 am »
Appreciate all the help guys ...... Awsome !!
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Re: windshield cleaning ??
« Reply #18 on: May 31, 2012, 12:33:44 am »
A few years back I rode my 09 from the PNwet to Colorado. In Montana I was a bug killin machine. Stopped for the night and saw my windshield and headlights were covered in splatted bugs. I sprayed the plexus on the head lights and cleaned them. My nice used to be clean micro fiber was full of bug junk almost to the point needing to go into a washer. I didn't want to wreck another.

Light bulb came on.......wash the shield in the tub. Some screws later the windshield was in the tub filling full of warm water. After a short soak, the bugs came right off.

I finshed off with with a coat of plexus and pulled the pug. After reinstalling the windshield, I came back to a nasty case of a bugs ring around the tub.  :-\

I spent more time cleaning that mess because I didn't want the cleaning lady coming in the next morning and say What, the blankety blank is that. Won't be doing that in the tub no more. So, soap and water works but don't use the tub.
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Re: windshield cleaning ??
« Reply #19 on: May 31, 2012, 12:54:22 am »
Quote from: TimR link=topic=35121.msg185725#msg185725 date=1338428024

I finshed off with with a coat of plexus and pulled the pug.
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Dude, that sounds like a personal problem   :)) :))

PS, I've pulled the shield on my old C-10 to clean it,  I find a hot steaming shower works great and the running water washes the bugs down the drain easily :)
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Re: windshield cleaning ??
« Reply #20 on: May 31, 2012, 03:03:32 am »
Yeah, yeah, yeah I wasn't thinking like that as this is a family forum.  :P
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Re: windshield cleaning ??
« Reply #21 on: June 01, 2012, 03:20:36 am »
Yes, I believe the stuff I get at lazyhog.com to be worth it.  I've never seen anything clean EVERYTHING the way it does.  Chrome, matte, plastic, glass, mirrors, shields (face and wind)...

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Re: windshield cleaning ??
« Reply #22 on: June 01, 2012, 07:14:43 am »
Yes, I believe the stuff I get at lazyhog.com to be worth it.  I've never seen anything clean EVERYTHING the way it does.  Chrome, matte, plastic, glass, mirrors, shields (face and wind)...


Do you use the aerosol or the spray bottle (or both)? If you say it's that good, I may give it a try.

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Re: windshield cleaning ??
« Reply #23 on: June 01, 2012, 04:38:05 pm »
We have used Honda Spray Cleaner and Polish for many years on all of our bikes, shields and visors with a micro fiber towel. They make a small can, fits in palm of hand for a few dollars. Fits in tank bag etc. real nice.

We clean the whole bike with it. Never use garden hose.