Stupid Faceshield Cleaning Question (bug guts)

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

  1. Dream Rider

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    I carry two microfiber cloths and a small can of Plexius or Lemon Pledge. I clean the bike windshield in the morning and coat with either product. Microfiber cloth wet in ziplock bag. If I have time to stop I will pull into somewhere with a restroom and soak the wet microfiber with hot water and lay over the windshield. About 5 minutes and all the bug stuff has softened. I wipe off with a wet cloth, dry with a dry cloth and then recoat. Keeping the windshield clean and coated is the trick. Once you scratch the shield with bug shells or paper towels you become an unhappy person. Real important to keep clean if you ride at night.
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  2. Dream Rider

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    Thanks for serving.
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  3. Riteris

    Riteris Dessert Runner

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    I use a wee willy (http://www.weewilly.com/) with water and a couple of drops of dish detergent. I have a short elastic cord attached to this and tied to the tank bag. This way, I can clean up on the move without fear of losing the thing if I need to brake suddenly. (Don't do this in traffic, please.)

    I also carry an microfiber cloth for even better cleaning while stopped.
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  4. JackpotDuc

    JackpotDuc Been here awhile

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    On my mom's advice (mom's know best), I use a moist dryer sheet.
    Works good at cleaning bug guts off the windshield and I assume the faceshield as well...
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  5. invicta1

    invicta1 Been here awhile

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    Hmm, I must be an anomalie. I throw in some (quality/soft) paper towels, and a small spray bottle of windex. Where I ride I must clean frequently (every ride, multiple times a day on longer rides)
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  6. KingRat

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    refillable with very dilute car windscreen washer fluid

    works very quickly on all insect entrails and other unpleasantness

    quick wipe over with a microfibre cloth afterwards and you're good to go

    no need to remove helmet.
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  7. MsSuzieQ

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    I used to use the Plexus and I loved it.. then I bought a National Cycle windshield and I was given some National Cycle windshield cleaner... Out in Montana on a long ride, my can of plexus died and I had run headlong into the swarm of evening bugs that we all love... In a pinch, I used the windshield cleaner... I have NEVER had anything remove bug guts that quickly.. the Plexus even had to sit for a minute to remove all of it but this stuff doesn't.. spray it on, wipe it off... they are GONE... You get a glass refill bottle (not recommended to carry) and a small spray bottle with a microfiber cloth in the package... perfect for luggage...

    http://shop.nationalcycle.com/perl/cycle/N1401?mv_session_id=swfAmhrf&search_model=all-002
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  8. WoodButcher

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  9. PineyMountainRacing

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    I've always gone lateral, or side to side. It just seems more efficient than up and down, I.e., fewer strokes. But up and down would work if you always go that way. I do aircraft windshields up and down because I can't reach all the way across to the other side. Start out lightly with plenty of juice and always be using a clean section of the cloth. You wanna make sure you're not rubbing dirt or other abrasives into the plastic.
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  10. frontiercat

    frontiercat on the wheel

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  11. kumori

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    I keep an old "holey" sock in the tankbag. That and some water from my water bottle seem to work just fine.
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  12. MEROST

    MEROST Southwest

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    Hydrogen Peroxide works AWESOME on bugs. Buy a small spray bottle at Walmart (less than $1) and a bottle of hydrogen peroxide (super cheap). I carry that and a small microfiber cloth. When you stop, spray it on the faceshield and watch the foaming action of the HP breaking down the proteins in the bugs. Works better than anything else I have ever tried, it's easy to get, and super cheap. I've been using it for years.
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  13. rdtrvlr

    rdtrvlr Been here awhile

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    a couple years ago I bought some oil for my bike. My buddy that sells amsoil threw me a can of "miracle wash" and asked to let him know how it worked. spray it on, let it bubble a bit and wipe it off w/ a microfiber. great stuff. use on the bike, helmet, cars. A can goes a long way. Leaves a rainx effect when done with zero glare. wife liked it on her van so much she uses it on the house windows. she says they stay cleaner longer(????????) what ever. $8/can I buy 1 can per year
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  14. Racer111v

    Racer111v Been here awhile

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    I keep some Plexus in the tank bag. Other than that, I just use spit and a paper towel stuffed in my jacket pocket between stops.
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  15. El_Duderino

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    That's the combination I use, and it works perfectly! I also find that it the Plexus improves visibility in the rain, as the water glides off the visor instantly, and there's no light-flares at night. :D
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  16. spoon

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    I use a spray called Spray-Away. Kind of hard to find, but about $4.00 a can. Foams and will loosen the bugs. Clean off with a microfiber cloth.Oh, and it dosen't hurt to wash the microfiber cloth every couple of years (or more often).
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  17. R-A-M-O-N

    R-A-M-O-N Been here awhile

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    Or if you are riding at night without anything at hand and cant see a damn thing you can always spit on it and use your shirt as a cleaning agent :wink: I even used water from a not so nice roadside small water pool once. As long as you get it really wet anything works.

    Of course only to be used on those unexpected night adventures :1drink
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  18. RJK

    RJK Been here awhile

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    +1 and it also doesn't hurt paint, plastics or anything else.
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  19. Mat

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    I wouldn't be so sure. It is an oxidizer and relatively aggressive. Of course the concentration you get in the store is not so high, but I would keep it away from anything but the face shield (which people seem to have tested for long-term usage).

    It is very efficient in bleaching pretty much anything, including skin, in higher concentrations. With low concentrations it just takes longer.
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  20. Truckin_Thumper

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    my visor has seen 60K + miles of bugs, bugs from Montana to Florida, NC to Yuma.......only scratches are from a drop on the ground.


    I even used those brown winsheild towels by the squeegee.

    Hell, I have even used the squeegee itself on the visor.


    Scorpion, Shoei both.

    :D

    I always keep a few paper towels that I get from gas stations, bathrooms, food joints, or ones from home and a bottle of water for screens and drinkin'.
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