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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 10-26-2012, 10:37 AM Thread Starter
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Has anyone ever tried polishing out scratches in a windshield? The wife dropped her bike last night and scratched the bottom of her new windshield.
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 10-26-2012, 10:40 AM
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Has anyone ever tried polishing out scratches in a windshield? The wife dropped her bike last night and scratched the bottom of her new windshield.
I've tried wet sanding, buffing with different compounds, and I can get the scratches off but the windshield gets dull "milky" and I cant get it to clear up. I've got 2 for the trash!
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You can get polishing kits specifically for plastics like Lexan etc. but the problem with H-D windshields is the anti-scratch coating. It's incredibly tough to get off and once you start you have to do the whole thing or it looks almost as bad as with the scratch!
If your shield is not OEM then might be OK - I'm sure the search function will produce a list of suitable polishes.
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Ditto on the "milky" comment.

Used Novus polish, then #2scratch remover. Then followed up with wet sanding starting at 1200 grit and working down to 4000 grit. Another round of polish, and voila, a scratch free (but hazy) windshield.

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Ditto on the "milky" comment.

Used Novus polish, then #2scratch remover. Then followed up with wet sanding starting at 1200 grit and working down to 4000 grit. Another round of polish, and voila, a scratch free (but hazy) windshield.

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Hazy is not good.
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I had to use Plasti-X and a power buffer to get a scratched helmet shield crystal clear. Was worth it though.
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Hazy is not good.
Didn't say good, just scratch free...

Then I did what I should have in the first place and bought a new one...

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I guess i'll just leave it alone. It's not that bad.
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I consider windshields to be expendable.

A new one from LongRide is about $100.

Every couple years I just replace them.
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post #10 of 14 (permalink) Old 10-28-2012, 07:40 AM
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There was a thread on here a while back where someone used a headlight restore kit (maybe Meguiar's or Mother's) with the buffing ball from the kit, said they had excellent results...

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