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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 03-25-2014, 05:10 PM Thread Starter
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Windshields and cleaners

Howdy everyone. So I'm starting a bug collection, and before I just dive at my windshield, can anyone recommend products or share best practices in regards to getting a windshield nice and clean and scratch/distortion free? Thanks.

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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 03-25-2014, 05:27 PM
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Bugs are protein based and usually soaking with soapy water breaks them down fairly quick. I usually dont let mine get too bad to begin with but when I wet wash my bike I usually soak the windshield/fairing first and let it sit for a couple minutes re soaking it occasionally. Its usually the last thing I wash off with a wash mitt. I the use a polish called Wizard's Magic Shine. This stuff is awesome! It leaves everything with a swirl free finish, my bike is black and thats the worst color to keep looking good but I use this on the whole bike, chrome and windshield and everything still looks brand new. There's other stuff out there but usually its over priced soapy water with perfume in it to make it smell different. I saw a product called Hog Wash and they show a guy cleaning off his bike in 100F sunny day (in the direct sunlight) and they claim it won't hurt or stain the paint....no thanks.

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Gonna be hard to avoid 100+ days here soon in the desert, but when it gets that hot this guy finds some shade. Although it claims not to ruin paint, not sure I'd bet my paint job on it. I'll look for the wizards stuff. Thanks.

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Do not use windex or any other cleaner made for glass. That will ruin a windshield in a hurry. This is what I've been using for the last couple of years. Seems kinda pricey but that bottle lasts a long time.

http://www.cruisercustomizing.com/sh.../part/NC-N1401

I've used a couple of other cleaners but this has been the best for me so far.

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I use straight "Blue Goop" windshield washer solvent in a spray bottle and have had great luck with it. Seems to dissolve the bugs better than straight water and cleans up without streaking. Definitely can't beat the price.
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I use bug slide on everything. Once its on most stuff will practically wipe off. Its kind waxes the bike when you apply.
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After the the bugs are removed as described above, I use lemon pledge. It keeps the bugs from sticking as bad in the future too. I use it all over the bike and helmet except the seat and tire tread.

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If it is real nasty, I drape an old wet tee shirt or towel on my windshield, let it soak a bit, then wipe it off good. I am a big fan of Lucas Slick Mist, it is a speed wax in a pump spray bottle, has worked great for me. Spray on, wipe off. Does a great job on your whole bike, good shine. Windshield sheads water like a ducks back, makes it very easy to just damp wipe off next time
I have not used what the other folks are saying, I think if it ain't broke, don't fix it. Just my opine, hope this helps some.

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I use bug slide on everything. Once its on most stuff will practically wipe off. Its kind waxes the bike when you apply.
Its all I use for the windshield and the rest of the bike for that matter! Love the stuff
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Hot soapy water.........then Lemon Pledge.
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