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I am wondering what these windscreen protection products are all about. Anyone understand what is actually in the product? Are they worth it? Just wondering if something on the car care shelf I already have will do the job equally well. So far just keeping it clean with Windex and microfiber.

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Brilliance and water... after gentle wash...

NO RAINX... ever.

Novus Plastic stuff pretty useful, too.. but the Brilliance has lasted the best for Central Texas riding.

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Brilliance and water... after gentle wash...

NO RAINX... ever.

Novus Plastic stuff pretty useful, too.. but the Brilliance has lasted the best for Central Texas riding.
Brilliantine, Chan - Brilliantine! And also, I hear lemon Pledge gets high marks for windshield cleaning and maintaining. Definitely works in the casa!!! AMHIK!!!
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Browsing through other threads, I noticed a comment that offered ammonia and vinegar in cleaning products can damage the surface. I guess that rules our the "glass cleaner" family. Be careful. Still need to figure out what is in the products offered specifically for our screens. Any chemical engineers in the forum? If anyone is using one of these products...can you tell us what is in it? Probably 15 components with words that have more than 15 letters each...kinda like what Cool Whip is made of.
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Lemon Pledge...interesting! It is a mineral oil base with a lemon scent.
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Umm ... hot water and a soft cloth.
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Umm ... hot water and a soft cloth.
Joe's right....after you wash the screen then use Cee Baileys cleaner and you will think it is a new screen!

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Lemon Pledge...interesting! It is a mineral oil base with a lemon scent.
Works great & the price is right...

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Umm ... hot water and a soft cloth.

THAT'S IT ! Windshield is around 4-5 years old and still looks new, except for a few bug scratches....... Keep it simple. Nothing else, no polish, nothing.... At the end of a ride I have an old sheet that I soak with water and let it simply soak for about 15 minutes. Then just wipe and finish with a small micro fiber towel.

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Brilliance and water... after gentle wash...

NO RAINX... ever.

Novus Plastic stuff pretty useful, too.. but the Brilliance has lasted the best for Central Texas riding.
Just curious.......why no RainX?

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Sprayway makes a glass cleaner that is ammonia free. I've used it since the early 70's. I use it on my computer screens.........

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Honda cleaner works great.

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Works great & the price is right...
Water with a little car wash solution or dish detergent works great also and has no chance of damaging the plastic. Then follow-up with rubbing alcohol and the shield looks great, is streak-free and doesn't fog up quite so easily.

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I've been using Maguires Quick Detailer spray ever since it hit the market years ago. Works great on painted surfaces as well as on Plexiglas or Lexan. Good at removing bugs and won't harm your windscreen.

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If I understand it correctly, there is in ingredient in Rain-X that attacks the plastic. Some things that you can use on glass aren't the best things to use on plastic.

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Interesting thread.

I'm currently working on a proprietary formula that utilizes several different active enzymes. 100% non-toxic. I've sprayed it all over my V-Stream, paint and chrome without any ill effects.

Simply mist the windshield with it, let it sit for a couple of minutes, then wash the little critters off with a stream of water. The enzymes dissolve their guts. (which primarily consists of protein, fat and starch) You don't need any vigorous rubbing - which eventually causes micro scratches and hazing.

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Brilliantine, Chan - Brilliantine! And also, I hear lemon Pledge gets high marks for windshield cleaning and maintaining. Definitely works in the casa!!! AMHIK!!!
Thanks, Dick.. and sorry about giving bad data.... I'm still hopeful my faulty memory is useful.. hahaha

The bottle says "Brillianize" and it's made by "Kleenmaster"
http://www.brillianize.com/

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Thanks, Dick.. and sorry about giving bad data.... I'm still hopeful my faulty memory is useful.. hahaha

The bottle says "Brillianize" and it's made by "Kleenmaster"
http://www.brillianize.com/
I know, Chan. Just funnin' ya!! BTW - they sell some great towelage items on their webpage. I've had a baggie full of 'em for some time and prolly need to re-order pretty soon. They are of no-scratchee material and do a lot better than other towelage products I have around the casa for cleaning and polishing plastic/glass/fiberglass/painted stuff/chrome/etc., etc.

I've always smiled at that 'warning' about not using Brilliantine on anythang you wanna paint in the future. Stuff must be 120% liquid silicone!!
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Just got back from a 600 mile bug splattering ride and for fun thought I would give the warm water recommendation a try. I wouldn't want to do this on a regular basis but I took the windscreen off the bike. I didn't take long...a couple minutes and soaked it in the bath tub for an hour. All the bugs came off easily with a quick wipe with the microfiber cloth. Dried if off and put it back on the bike.
Results were excellent.
Shame I can't put the whole bike in the tub...maybe I will try it when the SO is out for the day
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Wow.. that's real commitment!

Perhaps this will help..

Soak one of your nice bathroom towels in warm water... wring out the "loose water" and spread over the windscreen (on bike).

Go have a beer.. While gone, grab a "Downy Dryer Fabric softener sheet" and dampen it.

Go to the bike.. peel off the nice, fluffy towel (set it somewhere where it won't pick up dirt) and you'll see the buggutz are somewhat looser. Roll the dryer sheet into a fluffy bundle... now, GENTLY scrub the screen with the dryer sheet. You'll see it looks a lot like soap.

Use the OTHER side of the nice fluffy bath towel to wipe of the windscreen.

BTW.. this works really good on the "love bugs" we have down in Louisiana...

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Wow.. that's real commitment!

Perhaps this will help..

Soak one of your nice bathroom towels in warm water... wring out the "loose water" and spread over the windscreen (on bike).

Go have a beer.. While gone, grab a "Downy Dryer Fabric softener sheet" and dampen it.

Go to the bike.. peel off the nice, fluffy towel (set it somewhere where it won't pick up dirt) and you'll see the buggutz are somewhat looser. Roll the dryer sheet into a fluffy bundle... now, GENTLY scrub the screen with the dryer sheet. You'll see it looks a lot like soap.

Use the OTHER side of the nice fluffy bath towel to wipe of the windscreen.

BTW.. this works really good on the "love bugs" we have down in Louisiana...
Howdy. Uh, huh. I can just imagine Lynn, The Pillion Princess's reaction to finding bug guts and goo on one of her nice towels. Probably find my windshield bug problem permanently fixed although I'd be sitting down funny from then on.

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Howdy. Uh, huh. I can just imagine Lynn, The Pillion Princess's reaction to finding bug guts and goo on one of her nice towels. Probably find my windshield bug problem permanently fixed although I'd be sitting down funny from then on.

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If you have a hotel around get friendly with someone that work there, the hotels periodically replace towels and sheets and many of them are given away.

I have several white towels and sheets that I use for the bike.


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I am wondering what these windscreen protection products are all about. Anyone understand what is actually in the product? Are they worth it? Just wondering if something on the car care shelf I already have will do the job equally well. So far just keeping it clean with Windex and microfiber.

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Brilliance and water... after gentle wash...

NO RAINX... ever.

Novus Plastic stuff pretty useful, too.. but the Brilliance has lasted the best for Central Texas riding.
It's Brillianize, you can get it at Tap Plastic in California. Link I've been using this stuff since 1985, it's a wonderful product.

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Just got back from a 600 mile bug splattering ride and for fun thought I would give the warm water recommendation a try. I wouldn't want to do this on a regular basis but I took the windscreen off the bike. I didn't take long...a couple minutes and soaked it in the bath tub for an hour. All the bugs came off easily with a quick wipe with the microfiber cloth. Dried if off and put it back on the bike.
Results were excellent.
Shame I can't put the whole bike in the tub...maybe I will try it when the SO is out for the day
Not necessary to remove the windshield, just place an old sheet over it, soak it with water for 10-15 minutes, remove, rinse and voila! a clean windshield... keeps it simple.

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I use Plexus. I work in the Aviation industry and that is what they we use on all the jet aircraft windshields which are Lexan. Plexus seems to work very well.

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If I understand it correctly, there is in ingredient in Rain-X that attacks the plastic. Some things that you can use on glass aren't the best things to use on plastic.
Thanks Steve, I didn't realize that.

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If I understand it correctly, there is in ingredient in Rain-X that attacks the plastic. Some things that you can use on glass aren't the best things to use on plastic.
Actually, you're right, Steve - butt more specifically, it's the veneer coating, that is laminated onto the OEM windshield, that is harmed by the Rain-X. And if IRC, even some of the older Windex formulations would also attack that coating.

I've heard there is now a Rain-X product that is plastic-friendly; don't know if it's harmful to glass tho!!!
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I only use plexus or warm soapy water.

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