$1 Solution for cleaning face shield/windscreen

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  1. byron555

    byron555 Lame Duck Adventurer

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    That's right $1...

    It occurred to me a while back that LCD monitor/tv spray solutions should work well for cleaning helmet face shields etc. The spray solution is designed for plastic and does not yellow it. Well it does work, and very well, however the prices for this stuff isn't super cheap.

    Not until I saw some at Dollar Tree. Everything is $1 there, and I noticed that they stocked portable 30mL spray bottles including a micro-fiber cloth. Now here's the kicker... On my TV/monitors, this stuff works far better than the solutions I have purchased from electronic stores. I'm certain it will be the same result for face shields, but since we are in the throws of winter here in Wisconsin, I have not tried it yet.

    Others have probably already posted using LCD monitor spray for cleaning clear plastics, but I have not seen any, so there it is...
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  2. MightyMouse

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    Thanks for that tip about getting this stuff at a dollar store. I didn't think of that. Even at Wal-Mart that LCD cleaning solution is near ten bucks. I've tried making my own from formulas on the Internet, but none of it worked worth a damn. The store-bought stuff does work.
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  3. TorontoBrit

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    It sounds strange, but unscented baby wipes are great. You can get a small pack in a plastic container to keep in your tank bag, works great, and inexpensive!
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  4. MightyMouse

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    Baby wipes may be great for face shields. Thanks for that tip, I'll try them. How do they work on your LCD computer screen?
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  5. Speedo66

    Speedo66 Transient

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    I use the cheapest spray window cleaner, along with an old flannel shirt, to clean my visor after every ride.

    I just retired my 10 year old Arai after a spill, but the visor was clear and unscratched. Even riding at night with headlights coming towards me I couldn't detect any scratches.
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  6. Commuter Boy

    Commuter Boy Long timer

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    Guy I ride with has two ziplock bags. One has a dry facecloth, the other he puts in a mildly soapy, wet facecloth. Swaps them out evey morning. Works brilliantly.

    Take wet cloth out, drape it over sheild while gassing up. When done, gently wipe up now soft bug guts. Wipe dry with other cloth. No scratching, always there when you need it.
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  7. juddspaintballs

    juddspaintballs My name is actually Jed

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    I've been using a can of spray wax for years. Pledge spray polish also works well. Not only does it clean the face shield easily, it puts a coat of protective wax over it that works better than Rain-X at beading the water up and making it slide off. The waxy layer also makes it easier to clean up bugs that get on there after the cleaning.
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  8. wyoly

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    This cleaner is great, works on glass and plastic and cost about 7.50 a can. It is an aviation cleaner and can be found online or at some airport facilities depending on where you live.
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  9. El Gato

    El Gato Been here awhile

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    I've been using Plexus for years on my face shields and it works very well at cleaning the plastic and giving it a non-stick coating that keeps bugs from sticking to the shield. I have a big spray can at home, and the tiny pump can in a pannier.

    However, I recently discovered that Plexus will permanently fog Pinlock visors, so be careful what you put it on. :cry

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  10. fast4d

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    I tried those wet naps for computer monitors they didn't work that well.
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  11. Fred Garvin

    Fred Garvin Been here awhile

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    Read the directions on rain-x. If I recall, it is not to be used on plastic.
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  12. andrewhtf

    andrewhtf Been here awhile

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    I used plain water and a bit of hand soap, if available.
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  13. fifthcircle

    fifthcircle Beer Knurd

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    I just lick my shield clean. Free protein! :huh:lol3

    I like the baby wipe idea, and will try it. I have two little ones, so we have baby wipes EVERYWHERE! :1drink
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  14. jaymboze

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    Good old Mr.Sheen get my tick.
    Silicon based so it leaves a thin film which is great when riding in the rain, and makes it hard for bugs to stick to..!
    I have been using it on my paintwork and windshield and it works a treat, and does not harm the plastics.
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  15. Maoule

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    Make sure to grab the clean one!:0
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  16. El Gato

    El Gato Been here awhile

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    Also don't use the ones that have lotion on them. :rofl
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  17. Cogswell

    Cogswell Spudly Adventurer

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    Just to add, as I'm not sure everyone is aware, do not use paper products on your face shield if you want to keep it scratch free.

    Soft cloth only. :deal


    :freaky


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  18. nuttynu

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    warm water...if that dont work,

    HOT water
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  19. Seve

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    I have found that various optical lens liquid cleaner for glasses, the spray bottle type, and a micro fibre cloth work as well as anything I have ever tried.
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  20. PeterW

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    "Me too"

    And for anti-fog, 3M stainless steel polish is the best I've found. Lasts for weeks.

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