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Old 11-16-2012, 04:08 PM   #16
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More expensive but I'm going to give 303 Protectant a shot.
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Old 11-16-2012, 04:11 PM   #17
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fwiw i use a liquid pledge or i spray the pledge onto a cloth.I dont spray directly onto visor of helmet
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Old 11-16-2012, 04:13 PM   #18
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Originally Posted by klaviator View Post
I knew someone who always used Pledge to shine his bikes with. It worked great but seemed to attract bees when he was stopped
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Old 11-16-2012, 04:19 PM   #19
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Originally Posted by DC2wheels View Post

Bring on the chemical engineers.
I am a chemical engineer. And I use Pledge. It has molecules too.
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Old 11-16-2012, 07:48 PM   #20
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Been using it for 25 years, cleans bugs off leading edges, great on windshields, visors and helmets, never leave home without it
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Old 11-17-2012, 05:20 AM   #21
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way back in the 70's when I was going for my pilots license, the idea of pledge polish was turned on to me by an oldtimer who owned a couple of the planes. He said not only will it cut the bug goo, but will let the water bead much easier off the canopy. Thats when I started using it on my helmets and shields, and I preach the stuff. You guys buying plexus, you must be rich fuckers!
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Old 11-17-2012, 06:18 AM   #22
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Gee, I learned something here. I use Cee Bailey aircraft plexiglas polish to shine up the surface of my face shields. You guys are suggesting I finish it with Pledge to protect it and bead water better? Brilliant. And you're also saying it works for spooning new tires?! Jeepers, where have I been all these years.

I'll get some today!
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Old 11-17-2012, 09:33 AM   #23
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The cheapest grade of walmart furniture polish works too. If it smells of lemons, the wasps like it, along with all the bug guts sticking to the windward surfaces. Bikes are mobile entomology sampling systems, riding around with their own ecosystems stuck to them.
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Old 11-17-2012, 09:50 AM   #24
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I think I'll have to try this... does it work to reduce fog on the inside of the visor too?
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Old 11-17-2012, 09:55 AM   #25
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Pledge vs Plexus Ingredients

I've been doing some searching for Pledge vs Plexus and "best faceshield cleaner polish" and I'm still wondering if Plexus has any advantage over Pledge. Still looking for information on other cleaner/polishes too.

I did find this contribution by XLonDL650 at the Stromtroopers Forum:

" Plexus vs Lemon Pledge Ingredient Comparison
I recently purchased a new Lexan winshield for my Strom(V-Stream), and noticed a warning label to not use alcohol or ammonia based cleaner on it. I already knew this, but wondered if my old cleaner(Lemon Pledge) would be suitable for Lexan. So, I did some internet research to try to determine the active chemical ingredients in both Plexus and Lemon Pledge for comparison.

Lemon Pledge Ingredients:

Naphtha, petroleum, light alkylate 5%-10%
Polydimethylsiloxanes (Silicon oil) 5%-10%
Water 70%-85%
Butane 1% -5%
Isobutane 1% - 5%
Propane 1% - 5%

Source: Consumer Product Information Database

Silcon based cleaners(silicon oil) are said to be O.K. for Lexan, but not alcohol or ammonia-based cleansers. At this point I was not sure whether any of these ingredients contained alcohol or ammonia, or were safe for Lexan—until I compared them to those chemicals found in Plexus.

Plexus ingredients:
Alipathic petroleum distillates 23%
Isobutane 12%
Propane 3 %

Source: Plexus Plastic Cleaner MSDS Page 1 of 3 Material Safety Data Sheet

I think the rest is water, just like lemon pledge. Another Pledge similarity is listed Under “Appearance and Odor”. It states, “White/Off White creamy emulsion with Lemon Odor in an Aerosol can.”

However, there are those “Alipathic petroleum distillates” listed for Plexus in this MSDS, but I believe I found what those are in another MSDS listing for Plexus :

Solvent Naptha(Petroleum) light Aliphatic, 23 % - also found in Pledge(5%-10% Naptha/Petroleum & 5%-10% Silicon Oil)

In terms of cost, Plexus can go for $16 aerosol can, while Lemon Pledge is about $5 -$7 can.

Now I’m not going to claim that Lemon Pledge and Plexus are exactly the same, but they do look similar enough to me to risk using Lemon Pledge on my new National V-Stream Lexan windscreen.

Anyone else is free to disagree, but I'm beginning to think they are quite similar."
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Old 11-17-2012, 12:26 PM   #26
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I started out using Plexus, then found Pledge worked pretty good for a lot less money, but now I put on an application of car wax every month or so. I've been using turtle wax - it was on sale at the time and the tin is about large enough to last four lifetimes.

Bugs and road grime wipe off after a bit of a soak in hot water, no need for soap or detergents.
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Old 11-17-2012, 12:35 PM   #27
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The cheapest grade of walmart furniture polish works too..
.. And has the added side effect of making you morbidly obese and lowering your I.Q.

Just say "NO" to cheep walmart knock-offs.
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Old 11-18-2012, 03:40 AM   #28
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For the Aussies, Mr Sheen or any "No Name"furniture polish does the trick.
Good for cleaning your bike too.
Mind you,if you ever need any of your bikes panels painted, the painter will curse you.

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Old 11-18-2012, 05:46 AM   #29
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I'm almost to the point of buying it by the case. So far I've used it on: my helmet, windscreen, granite countertops, leather couches, fridge and stove surfaces, my road bike (awesome for this), inside my RV and oh yeah, I actually dust with it too.
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Old 11-18-2012, 07:50 AM   #30
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I use Meguiars or Mothers detail spray on my visors and windshield (as well as the whole bike).
Armour All low sheen type works very well also.
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