Stupid Faceshield Cleaning Question (bug guts)

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by TN3Sport, May 29, 2012.

  1. TN3Sport

    TN3Sport East TN DS Rider

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    How do you clean your faceshield, on your helmet, while out riding?

    I'm not a daily commuter, but instead tend to take 4 to 6 hour excursions on the weekends in the mountains and rural areas. I might go 3 hours before seeing a gas station or restaurant. Often times, I'll have a head on collision with an insect that leaves a yellow gutsy mess smeared all over my helmet windshield. Making it hard to see. In the mountain areas there are lots of bugs. So, I typically want to keep the faceshield down. But, its hard to see through bug guts.

    Is there a simple method to stop and clean this mess off? Do I need to stock up on those little KFC handwipe packets? Or do you just deal with it until you reach the next town, restaurant, gas station, etc?
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  2. Wuwei

    Wuwei Long timer

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    I keep a damp microfiber washcloth folded up in one of the pockets of my tank bag. I can wipe the shield off when riding, but I prefer to stop. It stays wet all day, but I can rewet it in some roadside lake or stream.
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  3. bomber60015

    bomber60015 Anatomically Correct

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    ^That --

    I have no idea what is in those KFC (or other chains) handi-wipes, but, given the price of shields, I'm not sure I'd take a chance.


    Lastly, I've been carrying one of these for a long far . . . .

    http://www.weewilly.com/

    works great!
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  4. DCrider

    DCrider Live from THE Hill

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    micro fiber towel and this, small spray bottle last me many rides

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  6. JDMitchell

    JDMitchell Adventurer

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    Orange Pledge and a micro fiber cloth has worked well for my shields over the last three years. I used Plexus that a buddy had and it worked just as well but is about five times the price of Pledge.
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  7. Offcamber

    Offcamber Long timer

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    Paper towel and a bottle of water has worked for me....:dunno
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  8. Xeraux

    Xeraux Archvillain

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    Yep.
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  9. GH41

    GH41 Been here awhile

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    Be aware that some crushed bug bodies can be as abrasive as crushed glass! Try to let whatever you use soak as long as possible and wipe as little as possible. Fold a microfiber cloth in half twice for 8 clean segments and throw it away when it becomes dirty. Don't take my advice if scratched plastic doesn't bother you. GH
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  10. rbrsddn

    rbrsddn 3banger

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    I'll stop somewhere, and get a glass of water while I'm eating, and drape soaked napkins on the shield to loosen the bugs up, then rinse it off. Not perfect, but better than bug blockage.
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  11. TorontoBrit

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    As weird as it seems, unscented baby wipes work really well. They also come in a few in a re-sealable pack you can keep in your tank bag. Then dry off with a clean cloth.
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  12. Yankee Dog

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    +1
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  13. DCrider

    DCrider Live from THE Hill

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    I've done this too, grab the 0.99 cent travel size wipe pack from CVS
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  14. mentalfloss

    mentalfloss Been here awhile

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    +1 on Clear shot. It comes in a handy dandy double tube. Very handy. I put bug gut remover windshield washer fluid when the clear shot fluid runs out. The clear shot fluid is better , just not handy to buy. Charlie King the guy who ownes clear shot is a GS rider and a great guy~!
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  15. smr238

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    put a damp rag or colth in a zip lock bag it will stay wet all day use as needed
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  16. TN3Sport

    TN3Sport East TN DS Rider

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    All excellent recommendations. Thanks.
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  17. DaveStockwell

    DaveStockwell Rock Fodder

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    Harley Davidson sells a bug remover that works fantastically at softening and removing bug guts. You may still need a small amount of cleaner to get your face shield perfectly clean but it will remove even the most baked on bug. Been using it for years. I transfer it to a mall one ounce spray bottle.
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  18. Wuwei

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    Hey, that's a great addition to my wet microfiber wash cloth idea. I find that if I regularly clean my shield when at home with plastic cleaner the bugs come off pretty easily with just a damp cloth when on the road.
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  19. ride2little

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    Long story, but a buddy of mine bought a couple of ShamWow's when they were more advertised. (Basically very thick/soft felt.) He gave me one.
    And for the last 12 years I have been using Lemon-Pledge on face shields as well as windscreens. Not ever a scratch on anything I have used it on.
    I spray it on, rub it in a little with my finger, let soak for a few seconds (maybe 30 or longer if I need to kill time). wipe, rub and polish it out. Serves as a cleaner and a wax, so-to-speak. Keeps the bugs easier to clean the next time and helps the water run-off pretty well.
    No ShamWow? Any good non-scratch rag'll do. Microfiber or the like. But now I have a few ShamWow's laying around. Never leave home without one. A couple of weeks ago a local Walgreen's was clearing them out of the "As Seen on TV" section. Got the last one (comes in sets of two.)
    As luxurious as the ShamWow's are, the secret is in the Pledge... (Did i read that there's an orange Pledge? Yum! :1drink)

    Oh and on-the road, I have do carry a small can of pledge (and of course, the 'wow).
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  20. jnor

    jnor Been here awhile

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    +1 For Plexus....
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