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Great windshield tip courtosy of Jeff (oldwrench1960)
Written by ohpossum on 6/29/2012 at 03:17 pm

I have done similar to this for some time, though using a microfiber towel,
which doesn't cover as much as the t-shirt.

I start out using the clean towels on the windshield, then eventually
recommission them as wash rags, and finally grease rags, so that as they begin
to trap abrasives, they are no longer used on the shield.

Also, good point about the wiping direction. I typically wipe horizontally, but
vertical, might be better, especially if your windshield is tall enough to have
to look through. The key thing is to only wipe in one direction, either always
vertical, or always horizontal, so that you don't get a cross hatch, which
definitely causes issues.

I seldom use any type of cleaner, but have used Pledge or equivalent, and Plexus
after cleaning. When I was still working on copiers, we used a product called
Brillianize (http://www.brillianize.com/Pages/LandingPages/acrylic.html ) for a
good, clean, anti-static treatment of glass and plastic, which was similar to
Rain-X in its ability to repel water. As stated beware of products with ammonia,
alcohol or petroleum base, as they may soften the surface of your windshield and
make it more susceptible to pitting and scratching.

Another economical source for cleaning/polishing cloth is the remnant section at
your local hobby/sewing outlet (WalMart for me). The remnants are much cheaper
for much larger pieces of material than what you will find in the automotive
department most of the time. I realize Paisley Polishing cloths may not look
that professional, but you're probably getting a stare or two from the PC
cynical, anyway :)

Ride Safe, Ride!

Ron

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wbpc800
6/28/2012, 06:20 pm
Great windshield tip courtosy of Jeff (oldwrench1960)
The 100 mile evening ride home through the woods with my new Rifle left the usual assortment of bug splatter. Jeff gave me this tip that is so brilliant it may be standard practice here but I didn't know it. Take a clean 100% cotton T shi

    mac.hancock57
    6/28/2012, 06:40 pm
    Great windshield tip courtosy of Jeff (oldwrench1960)
    Does Rifle state that it is okay to use "original formula Rain X" on their windshields??? Rain X will cause plastics to yellow,? should not be used on most motorcycle windshields, face shields, etc.? I have found that Pledge does a

      wbpc800
      6/28/2012, 06:58 pm
      Great windshield tip courtosy of Jeff (oldwrench1960)
      Some googleing discovered a reply to a users question from Rifle saying that their screens are acrylic and that Rain X is fine. Also several users saying they have used it for years. Wade --- In

    skyeenter
    6/28/2012, 07:12 pm
    Great windshield tip courtosy of Jeff (oldwrench1960)
    Another windshield tip: Always clean with a vertical stroke. The human eye has a tendency to forgive vertical lines but becomes distracted by horizontal. The billboard people understand this with their 3 wide to 1 high lines. And Wade, an

    tacletter
    6/28/2012, 11:29 pm
    Great windshield tip courtosy of Jeff (oldwrench1960)
    It's amazing how well a little water and time will clean the bugs off. I used to get odd looks any time I rode my bike the 120 miles to the dealer I bought it from. After parking the bike I would go in the bathroom and come out with a wad of

      gibinmich
      6/28/2012, 11:52 pm
      Great windshield tip courtosy of Jeff (oldwrench1960)
      I can't stand bugs and such on my windshields. I always clean my Clearview during long trips or a ride around town. I use ammonia free Windex and lightly rub it in and then use my Hondaline cleaner to shin it up. After six years it still look

    ohpossum
    6/29/2012, 03:17 pm
    Great windshield tip courtosy of Jeff (oldwrench1960)
    I have done similar to this for some time, though using a microfiber towel, which doesn't cover as much as the t-shirt. I start out using the clean towels on the windshield, then eventually recommission them as wash rags, and finally grea

    dan.weitzel
    6/29/2012, 04:45 pm
    Great windshield tip courtosy of Jeff (oldwrench1960)
    I also use the wet towel method, but after drying I polish it with pledge & a mirco-fiber cloth. Houston Dan --- In

    boysrus_racing
    7/3/2012, 03:45 am
    Great windshield tip courtosy of Jeff (oldwrench1960)
    Great idea. I have always used Plexus (sp?). A friend with an airplane that has THOUSANDS of dollars of acrylic windows taught me much of what's been said here including "wipe one direction, preferably vertically". Plexus seems like a