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windshield cleaning stuff

Posted: Wed Jul 10, 2013 3:21 am
by tazin river
Where can I order some good aircraft windshield cleaning spray without paying a forture for shipping alone? Was going to get some 210 spray cans from Aircraft Spruce but the shipping cost is almost 3 times the price of a can?

Cheers - Yellowknife

Re: windshield cleaning stuff

Posted: Wed Jul 10, 2013 5:14 am
by ozone
Pledge or turtle wax work just fine from Walmart or Canadian Tire

Re: windshield cleaning stuff

Posted: Wed Jul 10, 2013 6:02 am
by tazin river
Pledge won't damge the wind shield plexiglass?

Re: windshield cleaning stuff

Posted: Wed Jul 10, 2013 6:12 am
by GUMPS
Lemon pledge goes along way. Keep your windshield clean enough and all you need is a dewy morning and some paper towel

Re: windshield cleaning stuff

Posted: Wed Jul 10, 2013 7:13 am
by jpilot77
I also use pledge when I'm in the field and run out of Prist.

Re: windshield cleaning stuff

Posted: Wed Jul 10, 2013 7:41 am
by Colonel Sanders
Pledge works fine. People have used it for decades. It
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 :roll:

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.

Re: windshield cleaning stuff

Posted: Wed Jul 10, 2013 9:17 am
by iflyforpie
Another vote for Pledge. I was taught to use that from an crusty old helicopter guy, and because of the price of helicopter glass and the necessity of it being spotless they are even more fanatical than fixed wing guys.

For bug removal, running water and a finger nail work best and won't harm the windshield.

Re: windshield cleaning stuff

Posted: Wed Jul 10, 2013 11:00 am
by xsbank
And you can use Pledge on a wet windshield. Lemon Pledge seems to work the best...

Re: windshield cleaning stuff

Posted: Wed Jul 10, 2013 2:01 pm
by round pounder
I think some of us went to the same school, I use lemon pledge, gives me a nice lemon smell until the first tub of fish gets loaded in, and I swap out my window cleaning rag at every hotel, I prefer Nova or Arctic lodge. Been pledging the windows for 16 years nary a scratch and a heck of a lot cheaper than prist. Ever notice how clean the left side is on a Beaver and the right side is always dirty:}

Re: windshield cleaning stuff

Posted: Wed Jul 10, 2013 4:39 pm
by Jonathan Goldsmith
Baby wipes are what you want. They are damp enough to soften dried bugs and if you put the last one used on the dash you have a dry one to dry the windshield with. They don't scratch and clean your hands too. Use them with Pledge.

Re: windshield cleaning stuff

Posted: Wed Jul 10, 2013 4:57 pm
by cgzro
Yup lemmon pledge works beautifully on plexi and also on fabric and metal.
I clean my entire plane with it every week and occasionally mothers wax if its too dirty for the pledge.

Re: windshield cleaning stuff

Posted: Thu Jul 11, 2013 6:36 am
by willow burner
Somebody said fingernails.carefull with that. Its possible to scratch cessna plastic if you have particularly calcium rich nails.

Re: windshield cleaning stuff

Posted: Thu Jul 11, 2013 8:33 am
by DareDevil
a 3M microfiber cloth works the best on the windscreen I find....just a little water / morning dew and it cleans everything up quite nice. Its environmentally friendly and can be used over and over.

Works great on my bike and car as well....

Re: windshield cleaning stuff

Posted: Thu Jul 11, 2013 11:00 pm
by ragbagflyer
Try Plexus. It's very comparable to 210. I get it at one of the motorcycle/ATV dealers in town. I can't stand Pledge. I'm convinced people only use it because they have seen other people using or because they haven't ever used and appreciated an appropriate product. It's greasy and gets smeared and spattered easily, especially by salt water spray; and then it gets used again to smooth out the problem it caused in the first place. It's a vicious circle. I try and throw out any can of it that I find in or around an aircraft and replace it with Plexus. Plexus runs about 15 dollars per can which is reasonable considering it'll last you three times as long as a can of Pledge.

Re: windshield cleaning stuff

Posted: Tue Jul 16, 2013 12:20 pm
by nofate
I use an old motorcycle windshield trick. Soak a towel with water and spread it flat over the windshield for about fifteen minutes. This will soften the bug guts and they will wipe off easy with the towel.

Re: windshield cleaning stuff

Posted: Tue Jul 16, 2013 1:09 pm
by JMACK
Ok guys how about rainX good, bad, real bad what???? The reason I ask is I saw a Boeing pilot(737-300 not in Canada) hanging out the DV window putting it on the jet.

I love the stuff on my car windshield but on airplanes??? Thoughts???

J

Re: windshield cleaning stuff

Posted: Tue Jul 16, 2013 9:11 pm
by Meatservo
I second the colonel's recommendation of just plain ol' water. A sploosh of water from the float pump will soften the bug guts quite a bit, so they come off easier when you use your preferred cleaning method afterwards. I never found prist or any of those other fancy plastic cleaners ever did anything that Pledge wouldn't do.

Re: windshield cleaning stuff

Posted: Tue Jul 16, 2013 9:27 pm
by ahramin
I'm another big fan of water and towel, never used anything else on the King Air regardless of season.

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.

Re: windshield cleaning stuff

Posted: Fri Sep 06, 2013 8:53 am
by beaverbob
Pledge works for a time but is a wax and not a polish. After a few washings the pledge has to be washed off with soap and water.
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.



Bob

Re: windshield cleaning stuff

Posted: Fri Sep 06, 2013 6:11 pm
by The Mole
Lots of water. And a couple drops of dish soap will remove bugs. A California water blade on a clean wet windshield will do wonders for water spots. Use only on a clean windshield or it could scratch. Then 210 or plexis with a cotton cloth. I prefer 210 makes water beads off better.

Re: windshield cleaning stuff

Posted: Sat Sep 07, 2013 8:21 pm
by frozen solid
Soap leaves a sticky film that won't rinse away. But Zest rinses away clean, every time. And, it's 1/4 moisturizing cream. Wait, that's Dove. Don't use that. *burp*

Re: windshield cleaning stuff

Posted: Thu Sep 19, 2013 4:27 pm
by howard40
If the windshield is dirty I use lots of running or poured water and bare hand. never a towel for cleaning!!! paper towels save for the dipstick. Once you have the windshield clean wth running water,(dishsoap if reqd) pledge it while still wet and clean soft terry towel, never paper towel!!... windshield is like new. installed in 1990

Re: windshield cleaning stuff

Posted: Thu Sep 19, 2013 4:49 pm
by Adam Oke
As a spray pilot, I do see a lot of bugs in my day and I wash my windscreen every 20mins or so. I used to use pledge but that does not seem to do the trick nearly as well as this new chemical I started using.

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.

Re: windshield cleaning stuff

Posted: Thu Sep 19, 2013 5:46 pm
by fanspeed
Use some Hydrogen hydroxide and yer bare hand you sallies!

Re: windshield cleaning stuff

Posted: Fri Sep 20, 2013 9:25 am
by iflyforpie
Dihydrogen Monoxide (DHMO)
If swallowed, do not induce vomiting... urinate instead! :lol:

I still wish I had the MSDS we made up for it because of the health and safety nuts at Kelowna Flightcraft.