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PostSubject: cleaning givi   Mon Aug 06, 2012 4:21 pm

just wonderin what is the best way to clean a givi windshield. i've been using windex and a new microfibre cloth but it seems to me im gettin some scratches when i look at it in at a certain angle. what do you recommend?? i've read to just use water but its not so good at removing bugs!!
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PostSubject: Re: cleaning givi   Mon Aug 06, 2012 4:56 pm

Folks will give you all kinds of different cleaning agents to use; from water to hydrogen peroxide. Personally, when I first got on this site some three or more years ago, Plexus plastic cleaner/polish was the "big" item (and I bought some at Honda). It cost a little more but was more trusted by a lot of riders. Then Pledge in the spray can was suggested and I tried that for quite some time. Worked very well as far as I could tell. Here lately I've been using the cheapo knockoff stuff and it does well too... on all the plastic.

Some folks say that if you use straight Windex, that it will harm the shield but I've used it sometimes to get the heavy bug stuff off and then follow it up with some Pledge type item. Anyway, this one of those areas where you get to "choose your own poison" so to speak. Good Luck!
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PostSubject: Re: cleaning givi   Mon Aug 06, 2012 5:23 pm

I use Meguiars PlastRX - after I've de-bugged the screen with warm soapy water. With a little bit more effort, the PlastRX will also take out any fine scratches and swirl marks on the screen.
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PostSubject: Re: cleaning givi   Tue Aug 07, 2012 6:49 am

Full of bugs......wet towel left to soak the bugs/dirt for 30 mins.

After Pledge or cheaper from WalMart-----but bike used/ridden a lot, I clean often. I see no need for more expensive stuff and I, of course, look over shield.
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PostSubject: Re: cleaning givi   Tue Aug 07, 2012 8:04 am

I read on one of the m/c forums that a guy had switched from using Pledge to Behold - apparently is cheaper and is more similiar to what Pledge was before it was reformulated.
Still have a new can of Pledge - will try the Behold when need to buy a replacement.
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PostSubject: Re: cleaning givi   Tue Aug 07, 2012 10:02 am

Tip for both screens and visors. Kitchen towels soaked in warm water laid on the item for about 30 mins (as previous poster stated). Flies and bugs come off with a gentle wipe.
If you want to get rid of scratches try Novus.

Where can I get some 'Behold'? Never heard of it.

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PostSubject: Re: cleaning givi   Tue Aug 07, 2012 4:37 pm

I have wondered about the product used to clean aircraft windshields. Anyone tried that?
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PostSubject: Re: cleaning givi   Tue Aug 07, 2012 4:53 pm

Guy wrote:
I have wondered about the product used to clean aircraft windshields. Anyone tried that?

If, your talking the white thick liquid, it was what the RN used on it's plexi glass windshields in days gone by, then;

1. it's mega expensive.

2. not available anymore!!!

Or!!!!!!

As I did! (and it's not recommended) I used hydraulic fluid! or OM15 to give it its Brit designation. Absolutely great to clean anything off a plastic windshield.

Downside. If used often enough it would 'craze' the plexi glass. By 'craze' - induce small micro cracks in the various layers of the screen. Resulting in reduced visibility! And a costly change of screen.!! (I was lucky enough not to be caught)

Would I use it on my bike screen! Most definitely not.
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PostSubject: Re: cleaning givi   Tue Aug 07, 2012 8:04 pm

Wet towel for about 30 minutes. Wipe down carefully. Plexus.
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PostSubject: Re: cleaning givi   Tue Aug 07, 2012 8:30 pm

tarmacburner2 wrote:
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Where can I get some 'Behold'? Never heard of it.

Cheers,

Don't know if it's available on your side of the pond or not. Here we'd buy it in the grocery store or chain store like Walmart where the furniture polish is available.
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PostSubject: Re: cleaning givi   Wed Aug 08, 2012 3:32 pm

Adding---while traveling in addition to wet towel at end of day. ...Protect All....works on plastic/glass/face shields,glasses, etc.

Means carry only one pressure can for everything. Cheaper at RV Dealers.
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PostSubject: Re: cleaning givi   Wed Aug 08, 2012 7:44 pm

I would like trying a tear-off material if I can find something. I use tear-offs on my helmet visor for racing.
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PostSubject: Re: cleaning givi   Thu Aug 09, 2012 1:08 am

SCTLVR wrote:
I would like trying a tear-off material if I can find something. I use tear-offs on my helmet visor for racing.
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PostSubject: Re: cleaning givi   Thu Aug 09, 2012 8:16 am

Isn't this topic essentially the same as: http://www.silverwing600.com/t4826-cleaning-windscreen

They could be merged and the suggestions in each would create an even wider pool of "wisdom" in one spot.
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PostSubject: Re: cleaning givi   Thu Aug 09, 2012 11:23 am

A tear-off is a thin, removable, transparentpiece of plastic sheet that covers a windshield or helmet visor that is removable when it gets dirty. Open cockpit automobile and motorcycle racers us visor tear-offs and closed wheel sports racers and GT racers use full windshield tear-offs. The windshield itself lives a very long time while the tear-off is sacrificial.
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PostSubject: Re: cleaning givi   Thu Aug 09, 2012 9:49 pm

i knew what a tearoff was but didnt realize it was avail for full windshields.who would have thunk it!!
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PostSubject: Re: cleaning givi   Fri Aug 10, 2012 5:12 am

I don't think there is; SCTLVR hinted he might look for something that would do the trick. Wink
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