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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-05-2010, 04:38 PM Thread Starter
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Shield clouding

I have a 2004 Midnight Silverado with the standard windshield. I keep the bike in a garage and when I pulled it out last week to ride, I noticed that around the edge of the shield, the plastic was turning smokie. This is a strip about 3 inches wide. I washed it and used a plastic polish on it, but still smokie.
Anyone have an idea what has caused it and/or what can be done about it?

Thanks for your help.
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Never seen this. Maybe you could give some hints. Like what do you clean the windshield with? Do you use any treatments for fogging or rain like RainX? Any polish on the windshield? Can you think of any fumes that might be in your garage? Is it a stock windshield?

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Never seen this. Maybe you could give some hints. Like what do you clean the windshield with? Do you use any treatments for fogging or rain like RainX? Any polish on the windshield? Can you think of any fumes that might be in your garage? Is it a stock windshield?

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Shield is cleaned with windex. After the fogging was the first time I used the polish. Don't use any treatments on it. Only fumes are just closed garage smells. Yes it is stock.
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Windex

Bob,

I have read not to clean plastic windshields with Windex since it contains ammonia, or ammonia, they are suposed to cloud the windshield with time and repeated use. I understand windex now has a cleaner for plastic. I have heard Rain-X will do the same. Although I never had this problem with rain-X.

I see some only clean the windsield with water and a micro cloth. I have used Lemon Pledge with good success. Lately I use Yamaha's spray cleaner polish & detailer. The small amount of wax prevents scratching and beads water. You can carry a can of cleaner in your bags and clean bugs off, on the road with no problem.

Scratching or discoloring are the problems.

Key to not scratching are don't rub the dust around and don't use a cloth that is tougher than the windshield. Like Polyester or Nylon. 100% cotton or the micro cloth. Used cotton a long time before the micro cloth came around. Rube lightly and only after the dust is off.

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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-07-2010, 08:40 PM
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Clean windsheild

Sugar Bear does agree with Dave, your cleaner you use and rags you use plus get the dust and dirt off first will keep you clear, not scratched and foggy.

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Shield Cleaning Technique

Also, only use a vertical (up and down) motion to clean the shield. The reason is that if any scratches occur from a piece of dirt or debris, the light will refract to the left and right. In a horizontal scratch, the light will refract up and down and can get in your eyes and interfere with your vision.
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I use Novus cleaner and polisher. The #1 is for cleaning and gentle polishing. Numbers 2 & 3 are for more severe scratch removal. This stuff works good. I use the #1 every day before I ride.

Here's the OEM website: http://www.novuspolish.com/

Here's a URL to buy it (there are many places): http://www.delviesplastics.com/waxes_cleaners_novus.htm
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