Windshield cleaners??

Discussion in 'Maintenance Bay' started by jd21476, Apr 4, 2021.

  1. Einstein376

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    I am fan of Honda Spray Cleaner and Polish. Used this product for years on my motorcycles and planes. Great at removing bugs and keeps the windscreen looking great. I shop around and buy a case of 12 cans and that lasts me for a couple years.

    https://www.motosport.com/pro-honda-spray-cleaner-and-polish
     
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    Just to be clear, I'm not someone who cares, but there are many that are hyper-paranoid about silicone (the polymer) effecting their ability to repaint or do other repairs where the slippery-ness causes things to not stick. I even read a report here on POA of a paint shop that refused to work on siliconed planes (though I suspect they also have no idea how widely used it is in various cleaners/polishes).

    I didn't mean to imply that it would harm any surface. I don't like it on windshields due to leaving a residue though.
     
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    If a painter can not strip an airplane with a little pledge on it..........it is a painter not worthy of his title.
     
  4. LesGawlik

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    I think Orville and Wilbur used Lemon Pledge on their plexiglass goggles. It has been used forever on windshields. I have used it for 20 years.

    I did buy some stuff called RVR for rain rejection. I clean the WS with water and a drop of detergent, dry, use Pledge and finish off with RVR. Works well and rejects the rain well.
     
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    I don't disagree. Just letting people know.
     
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    I have used it and hated it. Left a mess that just seemed to smear around and required to much effort.

    I like spray away in the blue and white cans.
     
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    We use deionized water and some specialized soft cloth at work on canopies. If the DI won't do it, then we move to DI and 50% isopropyly alcohol. Rarely do we ever have to do anything more than that. At something well beyond $50k for the canopy glass, we are quite careful about what even gets near it.
     
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    Shut up meg!
     
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    Obligatory repeat...

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  11. Ed Haywood

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    Auto quik detail spray works well for windshields, prop, and leading edge. I use Meguiars, but any decent brand with a bit of carnauba in it will do.
     
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    +1, I use it too!
    -Dana
     
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    I'm convinced not to use Pledge anymore. From now on I'm using a mist of goat milk blessed by a Hindu monk and dry with a kitten.
     
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    I read in an old manual that you can clean oil off a windshield with stoddard solvent (a type of white mineral spirits). I even had an old IA recommend it.

    I have some stoddard solvent but I’m happy using water with a few drops of dawn dishwater detergent. Has anyone actually used stoddard solvent on plexiglass?

    gary
     
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    I fly fixed wing and helicopters in the Ag industry for multiple operators and the most common I have used is pledge. For one particular operator we were told to use WD-40 on the bubble of Bell 47 helicopters. It worked surprisingly good and was much more effective at cutting through bugs and grime than any other product I have used. A product named "Awesome" from the dollar store is also common for some operators and works fine too. I have personally never seen damage from any of the products we used and that's from cleaning the windshield/windows (glass or plexiglass) 10-20 times a day.