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Old 08-28-2007, 08:20 AM   #1
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Cleaning Plexiglass without scratching

I have an 06 SE 19ft Bambi with the big front windows covered by plexiglass shields. Does anyone have suggestions on cleaning these very scratch prone window covers?

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Old 08-28-2007, 08:53 AM   #2
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I have cleaned my panels with a running hose, a bucket with lots of car wash soap and a very soft wash mit which I rinse frequently. I would never use anything like paper towel and glass cleaner given the amount of dirt the windows collect. You would just be smearing the dirt around.
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Old 08-28-2007, 09:41 AM   #3
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Old 08-28-2007, 09:41 AM   #4
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Paper will actually scratch plastic, (as in plexi-glass). Don't use paper towels. Use running water to flood dirt and particles off the surface using your hands to gently loosen grime. Soft cotton rags can be used to polish it clean after all grit is washed off.
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Old 08-28-2007, 01:14 PM   #5
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Cleaning Plexiglas

Thanks for the help.

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Old 08-28-2007, 01:23 PM   #6
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Mirrow glaze and a cotton cloth.
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Old 08-28-2007, 01:30 PM   #7
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Mirror Glaze Cleaner or Polish

Mirror Glaze (now owned by Meguire's...) makes both a plexiglass cleaner and a polish. They're very similar, and have been used on aircraft canopies and windshields for years.. Start with water and gentle liq soap and flush gritty stuff off, and then use Mirror Glaze to finish cleaning... Polish is a little stronger than the cleaner...
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Old 08-28-2007, 01:58 PM   #8
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They sell a kit at the Sears Hardware stores specially design just for this application. Like the other posters said. You have to get all the big grit off first with lots of water to prevent scratching. Then you use the finer and finer polishs in the kit to give a polished surface. When you look thru it after you are finished you usually do see some distortion from the uneven polish you achieve unless you are really careful.
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Avoid Ammonia!

DO NOT use Windex or any other detergent containing Ammonia. Over time, the ammonia will etch the surface of the plexi (or any other plastic). If you ever look at a car that is six or seven years old, you'll probably note that the headlight covers are like frosted glass. That's a combination of road crud, car washes, etc. Definitely worth using a product designed for plexi/plastic.

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I use a product called Plexis on all my M.C. plexiglass and plastic body panels. It is the best I've ever used. It is nonabrasive ansd will clean the oxididation also. Try any M.C. shop. Keep Smilin! LJH
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My motorcyle face-sheild gets a lot of bug splats. When the bug collection gets too intense, I lay a water soaked paper towel on it, and come back in a while, and remove the paper towel. Sometimes I have to repeat. No wiping of any consequence involved. The shield on my 15 year old Arai helmet still looks great.

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Old 08-28-2007, 06:38 PM   #12
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The bad headlight covers you see on 6 to 10 year old cars are made from Polycarbonate plastic not acrylic. The grade they use does degrade with time and become yellow and frosted. There is a product sold in automotive stores to polish away this degraded material. It is not the same product sold for the acylic plastic I mentioned before but it works in a similar fashion. The product for headlights also comes with a coating material you put on the lamps after you have polished out the frosty surface. This coating will protect from UV degradation for a number of years. The polycarbonate kit is more expensive and there will not be enough material in it to treat a whole front window shield.
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