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Old 05-08-2021, 04:55 AM   #1
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Cleaning Plastic Rockguard Windows

I know the best way to clean these is with good ole soap and water followed by a quick dry to avoid spots. But between trailer washers has anyone just used a window cleaner like Windex or SprayAway with a soft cloth? Never used this stuff on plastic before so just wondering.
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I have only used soap water and a soft cloth. For any swirls or scratches, I used glare polish, took out all scratches. Looks brand new.
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Old 05-08-2021, 09:10 AM   #3
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I am a big fan of Chemical Guys stuff. Been using their helmet cleaner for a few years and just changed to one of the glass cleaners. Both work great on the plexi. Also carry the Speed Wipe for the bugs and other guick detailing of the aluminum. Remember to use a good clean microfiber.

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Old 05-08-2021, 10:47 AM   #4
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Plastic Rock guard clean and polish

Good question and one we addressed with a recommended product.

Did a YouTube before and after with some product recommended for aircraft windshields. (Works great to polish dingy yellowing headlight plastics too!)

https://youtu.be/Lhc_Sjl9zt0
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I second Novus, great stuff!
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Old 05-09-2021, 12:42 PM   #6
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Whatever product you decide to use just make sure it doesn't have ammonia. That will tend to make plastics cloudy. And no paper towels.
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Old 05-10-2021, 02:24 PM   #7
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Between washes I clean mine with plexiglass /
Isinglass cleaner available at most marinas or boating stores.
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Old 05-10-2021, 03:31 PM   #8
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My favorite method is a mixing bowl with warm water with a little Dawn in it. Use a sponge to sponge down the windows; then a soft rag to wipe it dry. Dirt and bugs come off so easily and dries with no streaking. No need for another can of special spray.
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My favorite method is a mixing bowl with warm water with a little Dawn in it. Use a sponge to sponge down the windows; then a soft rag to wipe it dry. Dirt and bugs come off so easily and dries with no streaking. No need for another can of special spray.


Exactly what we do.
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Old 05-10-2021, 05:49 PM   #10
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Rain X

I use a solution of white vinegar and water. Cleans great. Then I use Rain-X For Plastic. Keeps the windows nice and clean. Rain-X for Plastic can be purchased at Amazon. I do the same for the glass windows only I use regular Rain X.

If you want really clean windows, not on plastic windows, get some Glass Clay and Speed Shine from Griots. Great on the TV as well.
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Old 05-10-2021, 06:03 PM   #11
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Windex and paper towels, no scratches on mine!
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If the product has ammonia in it it will craze the surface and ruin the plexiglas. Use only aviation plexiglas approved cleaners and polishes. Mid plain soap and water are OK.
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Whatever one used to wash them in terms of detergents, etc. is fine, this real issue comes in the form proper rinsing and more importantly, the use of drying cloths.

To AVOID SCRATCHES on the plexiglass (and clear-coats as well);

1) Never wipe the solar plexiglass guards off when they are dry (all you'll be doing is moving contaminants around and creating surface scratches). This includes casual wiping away of condensation.

2) If using either cotton towels(good) or microfiber cloths (better), make certain they are edgeless to include pre-cutting the edges off before using as the seams of even the advertised best towels and/or microfiber cloths are sewn closed using nylon thread (i.e. think "fishing line").

3) Any source of Nylon will create surface scratches on plexiglass as well as the "clear coat" on your Airstream (period).

4) Never use brushes (again, usually nylon, movement of contaminants, etc.)

5) If hand washing, use a two (2) bucket system to rinse your wash mitts in between each applied use.

6) Never dry towels or microfibers using "dryer sheets" as the chemicals in them transfer onto the cloth and similarly will cause scratches.

As some have mentioned, there are products available to help remove surface scratches from plexiglass but again, the applicators or cloths use to apply and remove such are the most important.

FWIW, we replaced all our upper and lower segments guards and in doing so, applied clear paint-protection-film (PPF) on all of them. PPF will not scratch and the better qualities, i.e. XPEL are 'self healing".

Been detailing highline autos/boats (including my own and my RVs for decades) and learned from some of the best in the industry including some "old school" methods I still use today such as "cleaning glass" with old newspapers, and using Clorox wipes to clean both real and ultra leather (the wides actually have no chlorine content) but will remove things like "denim" stains without damaging the underlying colored leather or fabrics.
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My favorite method is a mixing bowl with warm water with a little Dawn in it. Use a sponge to sponge down the windows; then a soft rag to wipe it dry. Dirt and bugs come off so easily and dries with no streaking. No need for another can of special spray.
Agree, dishwashing detergents work but they do and will remove any polish or wax in the process. Just something to be noteworthy of. Also can be a PITA in terms of water-spotting if/when allowed to air dry without extensive and complete rinsing.
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I second Novus, great stuff!
Agree, NOVIS is a great product for plastics, i.e. plexiglass - but I again caution that removal and wiping off must be done using only nylon free cloth (per previous thread post above).
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Plexus Plastic Cleaner

I used this fir years. Works great.

Plexus 20214-02 13 oz. Plastic Cleaner and Polish 2-Pack https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08N5MFY4Z/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_01K62DYWE76477RAJXBG?_ encoding=UTF8&psc=1
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I have only used soap water and a soft cloth. For any swirls or scratches, I used glare polish, took out all scratches. Looks brand new.
I have some scratches on the plexiglass window above propane tanks..Which Glare product do you refer to.. they seem to have quite a few...thanks
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I have some scratches on the plexiglass window above propane tanks..Which Glare product do you refer to.. they seem to have quite a few...thanks
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Our camper is new and when we picked it up we didn't notice, but the windows behind the plastic rock guards have like a film on them. It's like they were covered in plastic and it was pulled off leaving the glue that held that film still on the window. I used almost 1/2 can of Invisible glass and 4 microfibers and still have a haze like its from the remnants of the glue. What do ya'll suggest for this.

Also, wow, those rock guards can be a chore to get back on, the fit isn't very good, I have large gaps between them (weather seal) and the camper. And the little screws....jeez. Can that nut part(that the screw goes into) be purchased, I feel I have almost stripped one of those. Not a problem, I'm no whining, just learning my Airstream is all.

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The rock guards are just what the name says "rock guards", and no , they don't fit perfect on any Airstream I have ever seen. The "screw" that holds them in place is a quarter turn fastner. Parts are ordered from your dealer or I use Outofdoors Mart. I always carry a couple of the fastners in my tool box, just in case one gets lost when cleaning.
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