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leaves a thin film which helps removes the next layer.
Try really hard not to use paper towels, which are
really 5000 grit sandpaper. I use towels from hotels,
Hampton is my preferred brand.
You don't need any fancy chemicals for plexiglas or
lexan. Everyone will tell you that you need exotic
stuff that can only be ordered from Luxembourg,
which is distilled from the milk from only the rear
teat of a particular herd of goats on the shady side
of exactly one mountain
Car wax products work great on plexiglas. I use
automotive spray/detailer/cheater wax for that.
There are many brands available at Canadian Tire.
If you want to clean plexi a bit more, try cleaner
car wax. Or, pre-wax cleaner. If it's really a mess,
try scratch remover - it's just a fine compound.
Works miracles on plexi.
And please, don't use strong soaps on airplanes.
Everyone wants to use the strongest industrial
soap they can find, which will corrode your aluminum
as if you parked it in the salt water.
Take an old spray bottle of detailer wax, and fill it
with varsol. Use that as a degreaser around and
especially underneath the cowling and belly.
Really, all you need to clean an airplane is spray
wax and varsol (I prefer mineral spirits). Even
better, fill an empty spray wax squirt water bottle
with water, which is the preferred solvent for bugs.
Hard to beat the price for that.
For bug removal, running water and a finger nail work best and won't harm the windshield.
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I clean my entire plane with it every week and occasionally mothers wax if its too dirty for the pledge.
Works great on my bike and car as well....
I love the stuff on my car windshield but on airplanes??? Thoughts???
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Though I did use 210 on the very dirty plexiglass on my plane the other day and have to admit it works very, very well.
A polish leaves no wax build up behind and only creates a shiny polish by converting larger scratches into many smaller scratches that are invisible to the eye, but reflect light as a perfect shine.
210 is a polish, but not as course as Mirror Glaze. Mirror glaze comes in a number of polish "Coarseness" levels in order to restore a badly damaged windscreen into a nicely polished windscreen in stages of coarseness from removing the worst scratches to the finest.
The best way to just clean a windshield is to just wipe off with a soft damp cloth first thing in the morning while the dew still covers the window. Even a garden hose does a descent job of cleaning a window at that early morning hour.
No matter the quality of cloth it will still scratch the window if used dry. Always dampen any cloth or paper towel before it touched the window. If you drop it on the ground, don't use it again, ever.
I hope this gives a few more good ideas, And thanks for posting the common sense rules STL.
I use a colourless and odorless compound called Dihydrogen Monoxide (DHMO). The atomic components of DHMO are found in a number of caustic, explosive and poisonous compounds such as Sulfuric Acid, Nitroglycerine and Ethyl Alcohol. It's potent stuff, but I don't like to mess around wasting time cleaning my windscreen. I simply use paper towel (Bounty), and a significant amount of DHMO (gloves not required). You do have to be careful as DHMO will turn your hand pruney with prolonged exposure. Reportedly, there have been deaths caused by inhalation of Dihydrogen Monoxide. Fear not, this chemical will not damage your windscreen ... but let me tell you, do not get it anywhere near your fuel caps!
You can further read about DHMO here.
If swallowed, do not induce vomiting... urinate instead!Dihydrogen Monoxide (DHMO)
I still wish I had the MSDS we made up for it because of the health and safety nuts at Kelowna Flightcraft.