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post #1 of 21 Old October 18th, 2011, 07:13 PM Thread Starter
 
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cleaning up Lexan windshields

I've got a Lexan windshield that I try to take care of by NOT dry wiping dirt/dust off of it, instead using a wet terrycloth bath towel to lightly wipe with.

STILL get vey small "swirly" scratches on it - not too bad to look thru unless driving into the sun. Then it like clouds over from all the tiny scratches.

What will fix this problem??
Some say Pledge will clean it up, anybody know?
I've also seen headlight cover cleaner that supposedly gets yellowing out and polishes the plastic, anybody tried this?

Any suggestions welcome!

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Re: cleaning up Lexan windshields

Is your windshield not MR-10? My widshield does not scratch dry wipe or not

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Re: cleaning up Lexan windshields

yea MR10 is the only way to go. I clean my with a regulat towel.
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Re: cleaning up Lexan windshields

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yea MR10 is the only way to go. I clean my with a regulat towel.
I have the EMP Lexan Windshield. It too, is scratching. I didn't think Lexan would do that. Disappointed. There's no way to not scratch these things, if they are that soft.
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Re: cleaning up Lexan windshields

You have a few options:

1. Novus Plastic Polish NOVUS Plastic Polish

2. Regular car wax if the scratches are minor

3. Special sandpaper that steps up to 12000 grit. They are used for aircraft glass/canopies. MICRO-SURFACE FINISHING PRODUCTS, INC

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Re: cleaning up Lexan windshields

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....Some say Pledge will clean it up, anybody know?....
Pledge?, baloney. you need a buffer. You would be hand rubbing for a month!


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....What will fix this problem??......
Sir we "buff out" poly faces regularly. generally old polycarbonate sign faces that must be re-used and have old psa (pressure sensitive adhesive) that someone scraped off and scratched the heck out of. (see photo from last week) We use an electric buffer and various automotive buffing compounds including a final plastic polish. You can get out deep scratches from poly. The pan faces in the photo are about $400 apiece wholesale so yes we re-use often. That customer had (2) to re-finish. It is 12' in the air so Finesse-it was good enough and quite professional.

In a nutshell your clear windshield can be buffed out by someone who is pretty good at it but you need the pads, polishes, and buffer, and time.

But the old rule holds. You never clean your eyeglasses with a paper towel you use a cotton cloth. Paper is wood. It scratches.


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I've also seen headlight cover cleaner that supposedly gets yellowing out and polishes the plastic, anybody tried this?
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Most headlamps are still a GE polycarbonate derivative and most likely that product is a plastic polish. Either use a buffer lightly or one heck of a lot of elbow grease. The stuff probably works.
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Re: cleaning up Lexan windshields

The wax in Pledge will fill in fine swirls and improve clarity a lot--but not entirely. The fine scratches will still refract the sun and makes the whole windshield glow--hard to see through that when the sun is at the right angle. The wax also offers some protection against more scratches.

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Re: cleaning up Lexan windshields

Try warming the lexan with a heat gun, most of the time this will completely clean up the surfaces and takes minutes to do. Just be very careful not to melt it, but pretty hot all the same.
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Re: cleaning up Lexan windshields

Here is a site with polish kits-

Auto Glass Repair - Car Windshield Crack, Scratch Repair - Plastic Repair, Polishing Kits

I've read where folks are shining up their head light covers with colgate tooth paste, don't know if that would work on your W/S but you could test it on a small area.

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Re: cleaning up Lexan windshields

what is the polaris 1/2 windscreen made of? and will these above mentioned polish and buffing work on it
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Re: cleaning up Lexan windshields

Plastic is plastic.....the hardness level/coating will determine how much elbow grease goes into polishing.

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Re: cleaning up Lexan windshields

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The wax in Pledge will fill in fine swirls and improve clarity a lot--but not entirely. The fine scratches will still refract the sun and makes the whole windshield glow--hard to see through that when the sun is at the right angle. The wax also offers some protection against more scratches.
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Try warming the lexan with a heat gun, most of the time this will completely clean up the surfaces and takes minutes to do. Just be very careful not to melt it, but pretty hot all the same.
Both good tips.
keep in mind when we buff out we are also removing the "ghost" image burned in by the sun. To some extent our polishes and buffer do an OK job of that. Most go well, and some don't. The plastics vary greatly.
if you are good at buffing a car finish you will probably do well at trying the windshield. Automotive paint and clearcoat is in effect plastic that in theory never fully dries.

I will try the heat gun tip next time. Some of our signs at eye level. The plastic substrates are not always back-lit. Some times its flat against the wall with routed letters. They need to be darn good.
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Re: cleaning up Lexan windshields

Great thread, I have a EMP lexon windshield that is scratched bad.
Been thinking about the heat gun trick. It works pretty good on scratches on the red body panel, but you do have to be very careful and go slow.
I think I will invest in a buffer, any recommendations?

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Re: cleaning up Lexan windshields

Ok, I know i will get alot of " are you nuts???" but here is something to try. I use black magic tire shine in a pump bottle, and it is amazing what it does for a milky windshield with light scratches. The difference is night and day, and will make it almost glass clear and when you wipe it off, it is squeaky, not greasy at all. I am actually using it on my entire rzr now, but I used to use it in my race shield back in the go kart days. Don't knock it till you try it LOL, and I assure you it does not effect the lexan' at all.
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Re: cleaning up Lexan windshields

Any good plastic polish will work. Available at better motorcycle shops. Or what I used on my motorcycle helmet face shields, Turtle Wax. The old green liquid stuff. Just enough abrasive to take out the scratches.

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