Faceshield cleaning

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  1. gmk999

    gmk999 ____ as a Rotax

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    How do you get the grunge off your Faceshield?
    Not so much day to day but more to restore it. I have found the dishwasher is fantastic(remove it from helmet first) and can bring back ones that seem to otherwise be toast. But lately I have no dishwasher and mine are getting a bit dingey.. Any tips???
    Thanks IA
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  2. SloMo228

    SloMo228 World Class Cheapass

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    Soak a wash cloth with hot water, then lay it over the shield for a few minute to soften up the bugs and road grime a bit. Then I use some mild dish soap and a soft cloth to wash it clean.

    You can also use some chemical solvents, but there's always the off chance that they'll react with the plastic of the face shield. I've had no issues using regular Windex to clean face shields, though, and it works pretty well too.
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  4. KZJohn

    KZJohn Been here awhile

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    When I get a new visor the first thing I do before putting it on the helmet is treat it with Rain-X. Even if it wont be seeing rain. It makes clean up much easyer as bugs and such wont stick to it. I put Rain-X on my off road face shields too as it makes the dust wipe off easy with less chance of scratching it. After a long race or ride I take the shield off and gently wash it in hot soapy water then re-aply the Rain-X. DON'T put that stuff on the inside! If the lens fogs up it wont evaporate or roll off.
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  5. Yossarian™

    Yossarian™ Deputy Cultural Attaché

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    You might want to change your habits.

    From http://www.rainx.com/tips-information/faqs/

    "Is Rain‑X® Original Glass Treatment safe to use on plastics, motorcycle windshields, and ATVs?

    No. This product is intended for automotive glass applications."
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  6. aldend123

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    I used to have a bottle of RainX wiper fluid (claims to contain bug remover) in a spray bottle and would spray-n-wipe. I was aware of the claims that it might yellow the shield, but I never saw any evidence after using it for a few years. But then I bought a bottle of Motul Insect Remover and wish I had done so a long time ago.

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    Clings pretty good, instead of sliding down the shield. No residue. Removes most bugs with little effort. The really dried on stuff might require a little soak-time. I use a papertowl to scrub at insects, then flip it over to wipe clean.
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  7. lmychajluk

    lmychajluk Long timer

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    Plexus and a microfiber cloth. Don't get Plexus on a Pinlock insert, though... it will permanently smear / fog it.
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  8. froger

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    Plexaglass polish will take smaller stuff out. Number one is liquid, and number two is more of a paste. Tropical fish store's stock it, if your bike source's don't.
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  9. DSM8

    DSM8 Where fun goes to die....

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    Also simple 90% isopropal alcohol and water works very well.
    In all cases spray it on and let is soak for a bit to soften stuff up, than wipe it off. Alcohol is a great solvent for organic matter so cleans the bugs up real quick.
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  10. kerhonky

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    Spit and a handkerchief.
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  11. catweasel67

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    Apply wet bog roll, leave for a few minutes, remove.

    Done.
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  12. eatpasta

    eatpasta Lawnmower Target

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    my wife leaves her cucumber/melon soap next to the sink in the kitchen. When I clean my shield and go ride it's like Im at the spa, in leathers

    :rayof
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  13. Bill Harris

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    +1 on this. Soften the bugguts first. Plexus , Lemon Pledge and Rain-X help by forming a protective coating, much like car wax.

    I've heard for years that the ammonia in Windex is harmful, but I've never had a problem.


    And the following comments are good, too. For the most part.

    --Bill
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  14. Auto-X Fil

    Auto-X Fil Been here awhile

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    I use Rain-X cleaner-and-treatment in one. I often put my helmet on in the morning, realize it's grimy, and just pick up the bottle and blast the visor while it's on my head. I have rags right there with my riding gear, so I can scrub it down while looking through it. This has turned out to be great, since I can see every little spot very easily with the helmet on

    http://www.rainx.com/product/glass-and-cleaners/rainx-2in1-glass-cleaner-rain-repellent/
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  15. aldend123

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    Little spray bottles like this one can be found in dollar stores or the travel supplies section in Target/Walmart (usually by the shampoo). Fill with your favorite cleaner to keep a portable amount on your bike at all times.
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  16. Devo 1

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    This is the best stuff I've ever come across. Sprays on as a foam, let it sit for a few seconds and the bugs just wipe off, no scrubbing. It's cheap too.:freaky
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  17. H96669

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    Don't tell my employer but last time I got home I found some 3M 504/07065 Respirator/faceshields/safety glasses cleaning wipes in the old leather jacket.

    Just the right size to clean my glasses then cover my faceshield and a quick wipe. Bye bye bugs....!

    I wonder how much is a box of 100? I guess I'll find out when I buy one.:1drink
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  18. daavit

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    Reading comprehension on this site sucks lol.

    The dw trick sounds interesting I'll have to try it sometime.

    I use PlastX on my 27 year old windshield.

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  19. Reduxalicious

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    Windex works just fine for my Mirror'd and Clear face shields.

    Now if there was something to take the Dings out of my Shields from little rocks hitting me at 75+ MPH, that would be appreciated.
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