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Old 03-20-2005, 07:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Windsheild polishing

Hi, all! Great forum! Was wondering if anyone had had to polish their windsheild back to clear... Mine bike didn't have the luxury of an enclosed out of the weather storage with the previous owner for the first two years of its life (92 Fat Boy). As long as I have owned it I have had a constant battle of keeping it from going opaque... I think I have finally lost the battle, but not the war. I have tried my Novus polish and it doesn't even touch it. If you look at the surface closely both side look like there is a "glaze", kinda reminds me of donut glaze on a Krispy Kreme with the crackling in it. (LOL! Mmmm Krispy Kreme.... I think I can see the glow of the "Hot Now" lights from Pittsburgh...)
I think it's the "anti scratch" coating taking a dump... I did a little experiment with some Never Dull this afternoon. With some elbow grease it seems to polish the "glaze" off. I was thinking about trying the compounds and buffing wheels I have for polishing my wheels once get the polisher... Any thoughts?

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Old 03-20-2005, 09:08 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Which Novus are you using? There are three different levels of Novus with level 3 being the most aggressive. Level 2 will clean real well along with removing minor scratches. Level 1 (or just plain Novus) is really just a polish. I wouldn't expect too much out of it other than just polishing an unscratched, unstained piece of lexan.

You're supposed to use only the level you need (don't just jump to number 3) and to progressively work your way down in the numbers (i.e. If you use level 3 then use level 2 and then level 1). That way you will gradually remove finer and finer scratches.

Worked for me anyway. Good luck.

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Old 03-20-2005, 11:19 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I only have #2. Used it for quite awhile. Used it on my 92 mustang headlites, too. I was thinking about trying #3, just dunno if its gonna cut the funk on it... It's too funky to have it on to ride... I would rather spend the coin on tires than a replacement windshield... ($145) I tried to post a pic of the bike, however I guess since its in another thread I can't. Dunno how to cut/paste it here... Its in "New here" in the introduce yourself section. You can kinda see how milky its gotten. That pic was taken last summer after its first real bath in 2 years of sittting in the garage...

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Old 03-21-2005, 12:32 AM   #4 (permalink)
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i screwed up my FIRST windshield,when i used windex on it. it just melted the anti scratch coating and wiped right off wherever there were heavy scratches. the lexan underneath still looked clear but you could easily see the splotches where the coating was missing. so i don't get it as far as buffing out scratches with whatever. you're just buffing out the hard coat and would buff right thru on a deeper scratch. i wouldn't want to experiment,but windex DOES take the coating off.
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Old 03-21-2005, 07:20 AM   #5 (permalink)
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A good polish works good. I've recently switched over to Zaino polish and tried it on the windshield. Looked like a new windshield. The S-100 wax that I used to use wasn't a polish, but it did help during rain.
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Old 03-21-2005, 09:31 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Its not scratches I'm trying to buff out, its what I beleive to be the anti-scratch coating that took a dump. When I tried the Never dull it did take the clouded coating off, but man was it a job to do just that little spot. Its so bad its milky and you can't see throught it. I don't recall ever using Windex on it, but thats what it looks like. Its got a cracked look to it.

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Old 03-21-2005, 10:50 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Dri-Wash and Guard has a product called OXYGONE that will take that haze off and put your windshield back to new. Contact me if you want more info. I used it and it really works.
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As a side note, to keep it clean and like new, if it starts out new. I take a COTTON towel and soak it in hot water. Then while it is dripping wet, I lay it over the whole windshield and leave it there for an hour or 2, although I have left it on overnight for the hard to remove bugs. Then remove the towel and wash with a warm soapy water and hose off. NEVER WIPE IT or use a gas station cleaner !!

It works great for me. And my windshield stays looking like new.


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Old 03-22-2005, 11:42 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Thats how I have cleaned it as far as I can remember, I knew not to use Windex. Worked pretty good! Dunno what this clouding is all about....

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Old 03-23-2005, 06:05 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Rain-x, dishwashing soap, and lots of other stuff can destroy the coating on the windshields too. Make sure you use cleaner and rain repellant that says it can be used on lexan for them. #3 followed by #2 would probably make it a lot better if you used a power buffer, but for how long that would take, I would fork over the $ for a new windshield. Might try checking out the local auto glass places; most of the harley windshields are from one major company who does honda, yamaha, and others. They had a replacement for my frame in stock for less than $50, even stuck the new one on while I waited.
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Old 03-23-2005, 06:30 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I can't help you with your situation but when you get your shield all straightened out try Pledge and a soft rag. It works great and leaves a wax behind that will help keep the bugs from sticking next time. It also fills in any small scratches and keeps the shield looking like new.Pledge is all I have ever used on my shields to clean and protect.
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Old 03-23-2005, 09:43 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Might try checking out the local auto glass places; most of the harley windshields are from one major company who does honda, yamaha, and others. They had a replacement for my frame in stock for less than $50, even stuck the new one on while I waited.
No SH&T! Was it a "chain" (like Safelite or such) you went to? Hell, for that matter I imagine the shipping from there to here would prolly still be cheaper - got their #?

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Old 03-24-2005, 09:28 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Not all windscreens are made a like. "Remember, You get what you pay for it." Material wise, make sure your compare apples to apples.

In order of decreasing material cost and strength, Lexan, High impact acrylic and acrylic. Lexan being the most costly.

National Cycle makes alot of windscreens and has made them for HD in the past (I don't know if they still do). If cost is your concern, then get acrylic.

Lexan just requires special attention during cleaning. But Lexam scratches too.
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Old 03-24-2005, 06:05 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Thats how I have cleaned it as far as I can remember, I knew not to use Windex. Worked pretty good! Dunno what this clouding is all about....

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Oh uh...I've used windex a couple of times without any apparent damage...has the damage yet to come?
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Old 03-24-2005, 09:35 PM   #15 (permalink)
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One thing that works for my windshield is to put it in the shower and leave it under the hot water for about 5 minutes on each side. Take a soft, wet towell and rub away any remaining bugs and tar. Water is the very best and safest way to keep the windshield clear and free from swirls. I learned this lesson the hard way using chemicals.
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