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How to clean plastic?

Just a quick inquiry. What is the current best way to clean the windscreens and face shields? What works and does not harm the plastics?
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Just a quick inquiry. What is the current best way to clean the windscreens and face shields? What works and does not harm the plastics?
Greetings Herald! Welcome to THE asylum. I use FW-1, which is an all around polish good for metal, plastic and glass. Any good quality polish acceptable for use on plastic should be fine. WD-40 works well to remove any heavy road grime, BTW.

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best way to clean the windscreens and face shields?
Mild soap and water using your hands or a microfiber cloth. Don't use paper towels. Then, you can use something like Plexus to fill the scratches and treat the surface. I've used it on windshields, faceshields and canopies with good results.

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I use CeeBailey plastic cleaner mostly
In the garage I also keep Novus #1,2, & 3 for "heavy cleaning."

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deep clean/polish with Novus... finalize with Brillianize.

Ya wanna get dem ded bug carcasses off first.

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When on a recent lengthy tour where I needed to clean the windscreen and visor every evening, I used vodka to dissolve the bug guts, then sprayed a mixture of water and baby shampoo rubbed down gently with a microfiber cloth followed by Plexus. The baby shampoo beats most soaps since it leaves no residue.
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how dare you waste vodka!


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YES !!! You must have microfiber rags on hand

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Plexus used to be my favorite, then Honda Spray Cleaner was recommended. It proved to be better. Then, Honda discontinued it, and went back to the 'old' formula...The Original Bike Spirits Spray Cleaner & Polish.

This stuff is great. Bugs melt off the CB screen, and helmet visors don't get scratched. I always use microfiber rags also.

Good stuff! Available at every Honda dealership.

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I swear by this stuff: PLEXUS I keep it with a micro-fibre cleaning cloth in the side case... part of my Post Flight/Daily Inspection. Good for windscreen and tupperware... and chrome... and... and... and....

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First, soak with water. Then soak some more.

While wet, use hands to gently wipe the part. No fingernails to scratch those little bits off, however tempting it may be. If needed, soak some more and come back. Dry with microfiber rags. When wiping the windscreen or your helmet visor, use up and down movements only. No circles. No side-to-side.

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I started with Novus 1, but I have since switched to Plexus. Either is good, but I prefer the Plexus. Use microfiber rags. Remember, up and down on those windscreens and visors.

In addition to filling in those minor scratches, I think that the Plexus helps keep the bugs from sticking as much.

Interesting note: The BMW dealer actually sent me to the Harley dealer for the best advice about caring for the finish. No kidding. Makes me appreciate the BMW dealer all the more.
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how dare you waste vodka!
He did not say what kind of vodka it is. He could be using wrought-gut.

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He did not say what kind of vodka it is. He could be using wrought-gut.
Favorite vodka for drinking is by far Reyka. Cool website to! www.reyka.com

Favorite vodka for cleaning a windscreen--anything I would not want to drink on the rocks or make a martini with.
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He did not say what kind of vodka it is. He could be using wrought-gut.
true....but it could still be mixed w/OJ and it wouldnt matter.

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Re: How to clean plastic?

Plexus is really good.
But for the whole bike kinda spensive, I save it for the windscreen and face shields.
At home, warm soapy water is cheaper.
On the road when Plexus isn't at hand, Pledge furniture polish works to clean the bike without water.

What am I talking about?.... you don't need to clean the bike. Bugs and road grime are good.
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true....but it could still be mixed w/OJ and it wouldnt matter.

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Kind of like mixing Tomato with your Guinness?

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Ask Ken Meese!!!
He told me to spit on it!

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He told me to spit on it!
O'h, you said spit.

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Plexus is really good.
But for the whole bike kinda spensive, I save it for the windscreen and face shields.
At home, warm soapy water is cheaper.
On the road when Plexus isn't at hand, Pledge furniture polish works to clean the bike without water.

What am I talking about?.... you don't need to clean the bike. Bugs and road grime are good.
You're right. I wasn't "detailed" enough. I use Plexus (or Novus 1) on the windscreen and helmet faceshield only.

I wash the bike with S-100. I have used S-100 for many years. After rinsing, I dry the bike with microfiber cloths.

About once or twice a year, I put 100% Carnauba wax on the faring and the other plastic and painted metal parts. The brand I use is Mother's. It is a hard paste in a flat can. As far as I know Carnauba wax is the same, whatever brand you use.

If I am in a hurry, I use ProtectAll for a quick no-wash cleanup and polish. I don't use it on the windscreen or faceshield. Important: make sure your bike is cool and reasonably clean when you put it on. The local dealer uses it to "freshen up" bikes that are brought in for service.

I don't use ProtectAll very often, because I don't understand how it can remove the dust and grime without scratching the plastic parts. I also wonder whether some of the dust and grime gets "sealed" in with the wax that it applies.

I have some other bottles of stuff around. Most of them I won in a drawing or got free by redeeming a coupon. I don't use them often, mostly 'cause they don't seem any better than what I normally use.

BMW Insect Remover.
I don't know what solvents are in it, but I can smell them. I've tried it on the windscreen and the faring. It does the job, but then so does a good soaking with water. Maybe we don't have as many sticky insects here as they do in other parts of the country.

BMW Motorcycle Detailer.
Similar to ProtectAll, but in a trigger spray bottle instead of a pressurized can. I think I like the ProtectAll better, but only by a little bit. One of these days I'll try a left-side right-side comparison and let you know.

S-100 Wheel Cleaner.
I think it is the same stuff as S-100, but in a "gel" form so it sticks to your wheels. Whatever they claim, I promise you that it will leave brake dust behind after you rinse it off. A good rag and a little work is the only way I know to get wheels clean and the brake dust off.

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I use Cee Bailey cleaner, and it does a good job. Understand you can't use it on the polycarb windshields though.
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