$1 Solution for cleaning face shield/windscreen

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  1. cognosticator

    cognosticator Long timer

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    We use this at work to clean safety glasses. I buy it by the gallon jug, I put some in a small spray bottle and it works great on my faceshield.. It claims to be fog proof, but it isn't. It is made for glass and plastic lens. Cheap enough for me :evil I have a pinlock and know better than to use it on the pinlock.
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  2. Speedo66

    Speedo66 Transient

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    What is it about pinlocks that make them unsafe to use some products on?
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  3. KingOfFleece

    KingOfFleece SplitWeight(tm) waterproof seat covers

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    It's a hydrophilic plastic which is "different" that regular plastic. It absorbs water/water vapor.
    Do not introduce ant additional chemical to that plastic.
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  4. Plaka

    Plaka Brevis illi vita est

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    Most plastics will absorb something. HDPE ,UHMW and PET are the most resistant. Also a lot of plastics bond proteins, which is why the bugs stick so well. (and why you can dye them) You can pretreat a shield in milk (dry milk works fine, soak overnight) and this can help. Test a corner first. The milk proteins fill the bonding sites on the plastic. Has to be clean plastic. Anti-scratch/fog coating will hinder it. Also good for preventing staining in plastic food jugs.

    On a positive note, you can get diaper flannel by the yard at most fabric stores. Cheap and makes a good non-scratching washable wipe.
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  5. frogy

    frogy Been here awhile

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    Small damp micro fiber towel in ziplock bag.
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  6. BigEasy

    BigEasy Fish Eyed Heathen

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    And you don't want to use it on Suomy face shields either. They have some kind of membrane coating on the inside that Plexus will turn to mush (at least it did on one of mine).

    I now use this snake oil sold at motorcycle shows http://www.blazeantifog.com/about-us I'm not so sure "how" anti fog it is, seems to help some. But, it really cleans well, I use it on my Arai and Shoei lids. I still just clean my Suomy shield with soap and water though.
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  7. BigChris99

    BigChris99 Been here awhile

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    A small clean, as in brand new kitchen sponge and a piece of old T-shirt or an old baby diaper. Both live in their own zip locks. Water only, warm if I can get it. Works well. Cheap too. :lol3
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  8. pres589

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    Two parts tap water, one part rubbing alcohol (the 90% or higher stuff if I have it) in a small spray bottle that originally had some anti-fog solution in it (that didn't work at all well). I keep that in an old sweat sock that I've retired for one reason or another, turned inside out, so the softer nap of the sock faces out. Throw the sock in my tank bag, clean the shield every gas stop while on the road.

    At the end of a decent trip, throw the sock away.
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  9. dimon

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    Baby Wipes work like a magic.
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  10. bomber60015

    bomber60015 tikkun olam

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    Damn near anything other than water will FUBAR pinlocks . . . . . I have performed extensive (unintentional) testing . . . . .
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  11. El Gato

    El Gato Been here awhile

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    Good to know. My replacement Pinlock is in the mail. I'd hate to screw up another one.
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  12. bomber60015

    bomber60015 tikkun olam

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    I have had good luck with . . . . . .water.

    I ain't fond of ther senstitivity, but, man, they do what they say so very well, it's worth it . . . . . .

    I wind up taking mine off and wiping it down (both sides) weekly, but I'm pretty anal about my shields . . . a little dust and a *slightly* loose pinlock, and many scratches/
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  13. Jamie Z

    Jamie Z Long timer

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    :nah

    I've pretty much only ever used whatever random paper towels I find at the gas station to clean my shield. A few drops of water from my hydration pack, and it's all clean again.

    I've never noticed any scratches which might have come from this method.

    And it doesn't even cost $1. It's free, and I don't have to carry anything extra.

    Jamie
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  14. doorman

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    I've always just used the fluid at the gas pump for washing car windshields. It's free, and does a good job of cleaning my face shield and windscreen. I tend not to argue with free.
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  15. welder

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    And doubles as tp in a jam, and your ass will has never been that clean!
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  16. seniorasi

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    You've done much better than me! I'm on my second Scorpion 1100 visor due to multiple scratches in an incredibly soft lens material. I always flood the visor with Wal-Mart lens cleaner for glasses, the use a terry cloth towel. I won't be buying another Scorpion...
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  17. JHG57

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    Orange pledge works very well and the bugs come right off with the next spray. They barely stick at all. Florida love bugs don't stand a chance.

    Sent from my DROID RAZR using Tapatalk 2
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  18. Nitro1970

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    Who was it that liked the free protein? I have some more for ya!!:D
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  19. markk53

    markk53 jack of all trades...

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    I just use whatever dish soap we have.

    I've also done regular hand soap lathering it up on my hands and spreading it on the shield.

    I've only replaced one street shield over the past maybe 15 years.

    I use tear offs on my googles. Saves those costly lenses.
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  20. Bad Dad

    Bad Dad Been here awhile

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    V2 Sponge......that is all.
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