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Old 04-24-2020, 12:42 PM   #1
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Cleaning plastic widows

I have a 69 Boler which has large plastic windows front and rear. They have the worn look of time well spent and I would like to clean them. Has anyone tried the compound sold by most car parts places that is used to clean old headlight lenses? I am wondering if it will restore my Boler windows in the same way.

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Old 04-24-2020, 12:52 PM   #2
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Hi Ray! I used the Novus 3 step plastic polish on my 73 boler front and rear windows and it did a great job. Didn't get the few really deep scratches out but then I wasn't expecting it to. Got it from amazon. Takes a bit of elbow grease and time but worked well.
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Old 04-24-2020, 01:19 PM   #3
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Was the 2 oz version enough or did you need the 8 oz.
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Old 04-24-2020, 02:06 PM   #4
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I probably would have been fine with the 2 oz but got the 8oz and use it for touching up as needed.
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Old 04-24-2020, 02:41 PM   #5
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Headlight covers are made of Lexan plastic, which is harder than plexiglass, which is why the instructions usually suggest using a buffer pad. If you do, take it easy on the pressure and keep moving to avoid a swirl pattern.
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Old 04-24-2020, 03:31 PM   #6
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Not sure what a "plastic widow" is.
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Not sure what a "plastic widow" is.
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Old 04-25-2020, 10:08 AM   #9
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I have a 69 Boler which has large plastic windows front and rear. They have the worn look of time well spent and I would like to clean them. Has anyone tried the compound sold by most car parts places that is used to clean old headlight lenses? I am wondering if it will restore my Boler windows in the same way.
I don't have the name of the polish kit I used, but plastic polish does work well. However, be aware that it will not eliminate the yellowing of the plastic caused by years of UV exposure.

A buffer does make the job much easier. But the key is slow, easy and with a light touch and like the comment by "tractors", keep the buffer moving over the entire area.

I am very new to RVing and I definitely know nothing about Bolers. But it would seem to me if you wanted to make the investment, it would be possible to purchase new "plastic" or Lexan (Home Depot and Lowes and maybe Ace Hardware or other such supplier). Use the old plastic as templates to cut the new plastic and have nice new windows. Obviously more work and more expensive. The approach all depends on your final goal and budget.
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Mike,

Thanks for that. Now it's much more "clear".
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These folks in Vancouver, Washington can replace your plexiglass if it's yellowed out. Reasonable prices:



https://www.motionwindows.com/
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+1 on the 3 step Novus process.

Once they are cleaned and polished, Plexus does a great job of keeping the surface clean and slick. Used extensively on aircraft and motorcycle plastic windshields. Fairly expensive though.

https://www.skygeek.com/20207.html?u...kaAtcYEALw_wcB

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I have a 69 Boler which has large plastic windows front and rear. They have the worn look of time well spent and I would like to clean them. Has anyone tried the compound sold by most car parts places that is used to clean old headlight lenses? I am wondering if it will restore my Boler windows in the same way.

Any other suggestions would be welcome

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A can of Pledge spray can furniture wax does a nice job of keeping windows "clearer." We used it on float plane windshields in Alaska every day. I had a Boler once and used Pledge on its windows, too. It worked as well on them as on float plane windshields.
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A can of Pledge spray can furniture wax does a nice job of keeping windows "clearer." We used it on float plane windshields in Alaska every day. I had a Boler once and used Pledge on its windows, too. It worked as well on them as on float plane windshields.
Wow! Here's a post describing crop dusters using Pledge to remove bugs from windshields and also the leading edges of wings.

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I was introduced to Pledge’s aviation applications by a cropdusting service in the Mississippi Delta whose airplanes spent their entire working lives in the bug zone. A few hours of summer flying would have windshields nearly opaque from collisions with a bewildering variety of winged insects.

Every ag pilot carried a can of Pledge in the airplane. On fuel and/or chemical stops, the pilot would spray the windshield with a generous coating of furniture wax, service the airplane, and then wipe the windshield with a terry-cloth rag (definitely not paper towels, which can scratch Plexiglas). At the end of each flying day, the leading edges of the wings and tail would get washed with soapy water and a scrub brush, and then rinsed with pressurized water from a spray nozzle. Before the first flight the next morning, the aircraft leading edges would get another quick coating of Pledge to keep the first barrage of bug bodies from sticking.
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A can of Pledge spray can furniture wax does a nice job of keeping windows "clearer." We used it on float plane windshields in Alaska every day. I had a Boler once and used Pledge on its windows, too. It worked as well on them as on float plane windshields.

Would the same principle work on fiberglass? I don't have a forward facing window on my trailer, but I do have a big F/G bug catcher. I am assuming the Pledge gives the surface an oily finish that prevents the bugs from sticking.


If I put Pledge on the F/G, will that remove/destroy the wax coating underneath? Pros/cons to using the Pledge on F/G?
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I have a 69 Boler which has large plastic windows front and rear. They have the worn look of time well spent and I would like to clean them. Has anyone tried the compound sold by most car parts places that is used to clean old headlight lenses? I am wondering if it will restore my Boler windows in the same way.

Any other suggestions would be welcome

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Hi: ccuwan... I used Brasso. Apply like car polish, wait till it hazes and buff off. Watch out for static. It makes the hairs on your arm stand out!!! It removed a lot of the minor scratches so good the windows seemed to dissapear.
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Would the same principle work on fiberglass? I don't have a forward facing window on my trailer, but I do have a big F/G bug catcher. I am assuming the Pledge gives the surface an oily finish that prevents the bugs from sticking.


If I put Pledge on the F/G, will that remove/destroy the wax coating underneath? Pros/cons to using the Pledge on F/G?

The Pledge can info label says it is "safe for all finished, sealed surfaces". To test, I sprayed it on several places on my trailer to compare and observed no negative effects. On the positive side, it looked as if a bit of normal, minor FG oxidation came off onto my polishing cloth and a improved, reasonable shininess was left in its wake after minimal hand buffing. Not sure if I would use it as a general substitute for a bona-fide vehicle wax designed for weather durability. As mentioned earlier, daily use on plexiglass aircraft windshields worked well for that purpose.
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Wow! Here's a post describing crop dusters using Pledge to remove bugs from windshields and also the leading edges of wings.



https://www.aopa.org/news-and-media/...pilot/p_frugal

Hmm, "Pledging" the leading edge of float plane wings everyday would have been tough while docked on a fairly swift river. Only part of one wing would have been accessible while standing on the floating, wooden dock.
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