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post #1 of 43 Old Oct 18th, 2007, 8:25 pm Thread Starter
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Cleaning Stock Windshield

I have the BMW stock windshield. I use Plexus to clean it, but it fogs up just about every time I take it out. And, it shows fingerprints and smudges badly. What should I use to clean the windshield?

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Good results with Plexo

A pilot friend gave me a can of PLEXO, made by Castle. The can advertises "anit-static/anti-fogging". Fogging is still a mild problem but not as much as previous products I've tried.
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The best thing for the stock windshield is just a wet towel to soften the dirt then dry it. Use denatured alcohol to remove the Plexus and the fogging should stop. You can get denatured alcohol at any paint store or Home Depot. It's happened to all of us.

My son gets Technician's Choice window cleaner from his job and it does great job with no fogging or damage to the windshield. I believe it's only available to the trade though. Good luck.

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+1 on the Dnatured alcohol. Keep the Plexus away... even the mist. When using Dnatured... make sure the cloth is absolutly clean. any dirt/grease clings to the shield like skeeters to the prom queen.
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I just use a HOT wet rag, it loosens bugs and other stuff in a heartbeat.

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I have use dish soap for years for the whole bike. Never had any problem. I wash the windshield first, lights and then mirrors. Then finish with the bike. Not the best, I know, but it is quick, easy, and fast.

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I use a hot rag to loosen and clean the bugs then Honda spray cleaner and polish. It works great on the entire bike and never fogs the windshield. It is the most used tool I carry.
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cleaning windshield

I also use a plastic cleaner for airplanes. You can usually pick it up at a small airport, light aircraft use plastic windshields, this stuff works great.
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Stock Windshield Cleaner

To all you guys who pitched in with advice for me: Thanks, from the heart of my bottom. I'll give one/all a try. Anything will be better than what I live with now.

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I've tried the hot towels--never seems to get the bugs off.

One time I had the shield off while working on my LT. It was time to stop, take a shower and do other things.

So. I figured maybe a nice hot steamy shower might loosen up some of the bugs. It was strange taking a shower with my windshield. But, it worked getting rid of more of the bugs.

I dried it off, placed it in my hallway leading to the garage and promptly forgot about it. Late that nite, I went down the hallway to the laundry room, and tripped over it. Guess I got it to clean to see in the semi dark end of the hallway?

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Re: Cleaning Stock Windshield

At the end of the day or a ride, I lay an old sheet that has been cut to fit, with the contour cup at the top, on the windshield and wet it down. After about 10 minutes I wipe it down with a microfiber towel. That is all..... It has fogged a little some mornings when the humidity is just right, but it happens so rarely that it is not a problem.

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I've tried the hot towels--never seems to get the bugs off.

One time I had the shield off while working on my LT. It was time to stop, take a shower and do other things.

So. I figured maybe a nice hot steamy shower might loosen up some of the bugs. It was strange taking a shower with my windshield. But, it worked getting rid of more of the bugs.

I dried it off, placed it in my hallway leading to the garage and promptly forgot about it. Late that nite, I went down the hallway to the laundry room, and tripped over it. Guess I got it to clean to see in the semi dark end of the hallway?

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+1 on the warm water and towel. Once in a while i use a product sold by CeeBailey.

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Re: Cleaning Stock Windshield

I carry a spray bottle with just plain ol' water in it. At the end of the riding day, I spray the windshield down, let it set a couple minutes, then wipe the mess off with a soft towel. Has worked great for years. I've also used the Honda cleaner, which works great.

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Sounds like you are usin a wheat diaper Dano?

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Honda Spray Cleaner and Polish. It will clean off all the bugs and the windshield will be sparkling clean. It will also clean and polish the bike. Best thing Honda came up with.

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Honda Spray Cleaner and Polish. It will clean off all the bugs and the windshield will be sparkling clean. It will also clean and polish the bike. Best thing Honda came up with.
I went over to Grapevine Honda to buy some of the Honda Spray Cleaner and Polish. Asked the parts guy (Trey) if it was ok for windshields, and he said "It used to be". According to him (and he has been there for a while), Honda decided to stop making the stuff a couple years ago. They sold the formula to Amrep, who sell it as Original Bike Spirits Spray Cleaner and Polish.

Here's where it gets interesting. Honda then decided to get back into the cleaners business, but they had sold their formula. The stuff you buy now has more wax in it, hence the complaints from some of you about hazing. I wonder if all the folks who have had bad results bought it recently. I now have a can of the Original Bike Spirits Spray Cleaner and Polish, and am going to give it a try.
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+1 on the Honda Cleaner........that is great stuff. I also use Sprayway glass cleaner because it contains no ammonia. I use it on my computers, too. Most of the time I just use warm water and the little white towels I get at the Dollar Store. They're handy and they come in a 12 pack..............

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I have the BMW stock windshield. I use Plexus to clean it, but it fogs up just about every time I take it out. And, it shows fingerprints and smudges badly. What should I use to clean the windshield?
I use ammonia free window cleaner followed by a nice coat of wax on the windscreen, front and back.
On the road cleaning is done with Meguiars Detail Mist, use on the entire bike!

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http://www.roadcarvin.com/gifts/pro-...cleaner-polish
http://www.originalbikespirits.com/
http://www.originalbikespirits.com/dealerlocator.aspx
http://www.google.com/products?q=ori...+oz&hl=en&aq=f

Also noticed that a local shop sells it for about the same price as the net and the 5oz and 14oz size are about the same price as well....

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BMW says water and a soft cloth...something that does not cost $100. Unbelievable!!!
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Black Lab makes a cleaner that pilots use. I started using it and never looked through anything but a clear windshield. No fogging, ever.

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One thing I haven't heard on here. I have been using Lemon Pledge on my plastic windshields for years. I wash the bike, dry it, and then spray it down with pledge and then wipe with a dry cloth and it shines like new. I keep a can in my bike at all times and it cleans the windshield very well.

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+1 on the pledge, I do use the denatured alcohol to clean the moisture out of the windshield every now and then, and I use a large bottle of glasses cleaner I get at Walmart to clean the windshield and other parts that get bugguts on it, but the pledge is great for general cleaning with a touch of wax....

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I have the BMW stock windshield. I use Plexus to clean it, but it fogs up just about every time I take it out. And, it shows fingerprints and smudges badly. What should I use to clean the windshield?
I just had my windshield (09 LT) replaced under warranty due to delaminating of the thin film that covers the windshield. I used CeeBailey plexiglas polish and other polishes, and found out that the best way to clean it is with wet towel. I still use Lemon Pledge on the rest of the bike and it works best for protection and fills in the scratches.
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Ditto on the original bike spirits. It loosens bugs easily and is great on the whole bike. I also use Cee Bailey aircraft windshield polish if there are ever any tiny scratches and it does a great job on those.

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I have the BMW stock windshield. I use Plexus to clean it, but it fogs up just about every time I take it out. And, it shows fingerprints and smudges badly. What should I use to clean the windshield?


i also use prexus but with great results and I wont use anything else as ive already tried em all. the issue your having with prexus is it is NOT a single application product. You apply it with a towel (NOT paper towels) let it dry and then you must buff it off or you will get finger prints. It has a cleaner AND wax in it so if you dont buff it it will look terrible and smudge badly. If buffed off it looks great and keeps clean for quite some time (also helps reduce static dust cling).

As to cleaning the bugs off a towel covering the sheild then wet it down and let it sit 10 minutes (in the shade) and the bugs come right off with ease...then treat with prexus, buff and done with a wonderful finish...no fogging or smudges/prints anywhere


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i also use prexus but with great results and I wont use anything else as ive already tried em all. the issue your having with prexus is it is NOT a single application product. You apply it with a towel (NOT paper towels) let it dry and then you must buff it off or you will get finger prints. It has a cleaner AND wax in it so if you dont buff it it will look terrible and smudge badly. If buffed off it looks great and keeps clean for quite some time (also helps reduce static dust cling).

As to cleaning the bugs off a towel covering the sheild then wet it down and let it sit 10 minutes (in the shade) and the bugs come right off with ease...then treat with prexus, buff and done with a wonderful finish...no fogging or smudges/prints anywhere

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One thing I haven't heard on here. I have been using Lemon Pledge on my plastic windshields for years. I wash the bike, dry it, and then spray it down with pledge and then wipe with a dry cloth and it shines like new. I keep a can in my bike at all times and it cleans the windshield very well.
+1 on the Pledge. Been using it for many years.
Easy to take on trips, cleans everything including the windshield, and even smells great in the wind. Cleans the bugs off great with a minimum of effort.
But a glass cleaner works better for the mirrors.
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water and a soft cloth....got bugs use more water...let it soak. I love chemicals and pretty cans of fancy glass cleaning stuff but not on my windshield.
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Tried Plexus myself with the same resulted, tried denatured alcohol as suggested and it made no difference....still fogged up. So since the wife promised to 'surprise' me with a new Cee Bailey windshield after I take her to Disney again next month.....I decided that whatever I did to the old windshield wouldn't matter, so I would just experiment some more.
So I did the 'Big No No'........I cleaned the windshield with hot water and dried it really good and left it set for a while.........and then I covered it with Rain-X.....on both sides. On my first ride after doing that on a super muggy (90% humidity) morning, I still got some fog.......so I did it again....only this time as I rubbed it in, I used a hair dryer on low about 18 inches away. Then I rubbed it with clear clean water....again with a little use from the hair dryer......and for the past couple days in really high humidity, I've got the fogging reduced about 85-90%....a HUGE improvement over what it was.
I KNOW all this was the exact WRONG thing to do....and I wouldn't recommend it as a cure-all for anybody else......but it DID work well enough for me to be happy until I get a new windshield.
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water and a soft cloth....got bugs use more water...let it soak. I love chemicals and pretty cans of fancy glass cleaning stuff but not on my windshield.
My stock windshield has 45,000 + miles and is about 6-7 years old and all that I use is water. Even in the Florida heat and humidity, it does not fog up. Never touch it with anything but water.

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My Stock BMW windshield on my R1100RT-P (Ex-CHiPs bike) with 50,000+ miles looked like it needed to be replaced. The fogging after cleaning with soap and water looked like it was inside the shield, but when examined I found it could be felt with the fingertips.

I figured I had nothing to lose, so I stopped at an AutoZone and asked them if they had any polish for plastic windshields like motorcycles and aircraft. The guy walked me down the cleaner aisle and handed me a bottle of PlastX.

When I got home, I took the windshield off and followed the directions. It took a lot of elbow grease, and a few clean soft rags, but when I was done about 1/2 hour later, the windshield looked like new.

For less than $9 I have enough PlastX to get me through the next couple of years without a new windshield. If your windshield is in bad shape, give it a try...

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I still have the original windshield on my '03 LT. I carry a spray bottle full of water with a dozen drops of Shaklee Basic H in it. The Basic H makes water wetter. I use it on the whole bike. Works rather quick if you do it right after a ride. Squit it on and wipe it off with a soft clean cloth.
Although my shield has a ding or two, it doesn't fog up.

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Hi, to all the Guy's with this kind of Problem. Don't laugh about this now.
Use just furniture polish. You should have this in the states Jonsons Dust and Clean. Once a Year and you never have trouble again.
Put it on and polish with a very soft cloth gently without any pressure until all the smoke and the polish is gone.

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+4 on the Pledge. Used it for many yrs. Best used at end of ride for easiest bug removal.
Works great to keep paint work clean as a whistle with minimal effort.

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Re: Cleaning Stock Windshield

I carry McGuires detail spray and a cotton towel on trips. You can do the windshield and entire bike with one product. It seems to work on every type of bug I've tried so far.


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I have my wife clean the windshield, works great
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Re: Cleaning Stock Windshield

Towel
Sink
Hot water
Place towel on windshield for five min
Dry
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Re: Cleaning Stock Windshield

When back from a run I place a chamois which has been soaked in hot water on the screen and leave for a few minutes. A quick wipe and all the sticky flies are gone.
Than a quick polish with Mr Sheen (similar to pledge) and screen is nice and clean.
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I have used Plexus in the blue and white aerosol can a couple times and did get some early morning fogging in the mountains of NC, and TN last year. Since then I have used plain water and keep a shop towel and a microfiber towel in my bike.
Don't leave home without it.


Dick I have only tried those 2 things and it worked for me
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Re: Cleaning Stock Windshield

Mix up some Joy dish soap to clean off the stuff that is causing the hazing.
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