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Capt. Tom D.
04-16-2011, 05:12 PM
I just had a enclosure put on my boat and wonder what all you guys use to clean and dry the plastic glass ?
The lady that installed it told me use WD 40 !!?? ;? Thanks:thumbsup:


RightRigger
04-16-2011, 05:29 PM
IMAR cleaner 301 and then polish 302

http://www.imarsales.com/pdf/IMAR%20product%20information%20chart%20with%20weig ht.doc

racedad70
04-16-2011, 05:47 PM
IMAR cleaner 301 and then polish 302

http://www.imarsales.com/pdf/IMAR%20product%20information%20chart%20with%20weig ht.doc

+1 what Rigger said. WD-40 WILL turn your glass yellow. I use the cleaner and polish above as well and though my curtains are only a year old, they still look like the day they where installed.


Capt. Tom D.
04-16-2011, 05:52 PM
thanks guys. Do you use soft cotton to dry?

ZIGZAG
04-16-2011, 05:55 PM
I've asked a few people recently and 210 plastic cleaner keeps coming up, I'm set to order some.

racedad70
04-16-2011, 05:59 PM
thanks guys. Do you use soft cotton to dry?

I use a 100% micro fiber towel to clean and polish. Will not leave any lent or scratches behind.

You can get them in bulk at Sams club. I think there are 25 for 17 bucks.:thumbsup:

jbg108
04-16-2011, 06:15 PM
I spray and shammy every time and only ever soap the edges and zippers. Strataglass makes a great cleaner that I use on other plastics as well.

Clear Solution
04-16-2011, 06:23 PM
Pledge.

Capt. Lyndon
04-16-2011, 06:36 PM
I've asked a few people recently and 210 plastic cleaner keeps coming up, I'm set to order some.
The 210 is great. I use it all the time. We usually keep some in stock, so come by and pick some up. They also make a compound for curtains if you get any fine scratches on them.

ClassicGuy
04-16-2011, 10:56 PM
I just had a enclosure put on my boat and wonder what all you guys use to clean and dry the plastic glass ?
The lady that installed it told me use WD 40 !!?? ;? Thanks:thumbsup:

To some extent it depends upon the type of plastic that was used. The last thing I would put on it is WD-40, a very odd recommendation from the installer. With a new enclosure, the best thing you can do is make sure it is kept clean by washing after every trip with just plain mild soap and water (no harsh detergents). The IMAR products for Strataglass work very well. There is a "cleaner" for regular application after you wash and dry with soap and water and a "polish" which is used a couple of times per year. Another good product is Plexus spray. Use a completely clean non-scratching soft cotton cloth or microfibre towel. Remember that the surface is pretty soft and after a couple of years, the tiny scratches will start to add up and dull the surface. I treat mine this way and after three years, they are still so clear that they almost disappear when clean.

Don't use anything not specifically designed for the vinyl because there can be solvents that will harm the plasticizers that make it flexible and can eventually turn the clear plastic cloudy or yellow.

Ethan
04-17-2011, 04:11 AM
Pledge.

X2

auguste
04-17-2011, 04:55 AM
I just had a enclosure put on my boat and wonder what all you guys use to clean and dry the plastic glass ?
The lady that installed it told me use WD 40 !!?? ;? Thanks:thumbsup:

My instincts tell me that WD 40 which disolves petrolium based products would negatively affect the quality and transparency of plastic products

Capt. Tom D.
04-17-2011, 07:14 AM
Thanks for all the great advise guys :thumbsup::grin: Sounds like I need to go shopping.

Stonewall
04-17-2011, 07:16 AM
Go to Lowes and get a product called "Gel Gloss". It's in a pink and white can and is less than $7.00. I have used it for years on the recommendation of a pro. It looks, smells and works just like Plexus. The only difference is Plexus is $25-$27 per can. My plastic always looks new!!! Just use lots of fresh water and a soft cloth to get all the salt and dirt off, dry the windows and follow up with Gel Gloss. Real easy.

Beefer
04-17-2011, 07:17 AM
Pledge.

x3, but make sure it's non-lemon

Goin' Deep
04-17-2011, 09:01 AM
210 is the best stuff out there IMHO. Use old (but clean) white cotton T-shirts and flip to a "clean/dry" side often. There's no point in swirling the dirt around on your enclosure. BTW, my Strataglass enclosure is going on to it's 6th season (in the slip from mid April-mid Nov.) and my enclosure looks brand new.
Also, a weekly application of the stuff keeps bird poop, pollen, car/plane grime, etc. from "grabbing" on to your enclosure. -GD

___________________
2005 Albemarle 248XF

http://www.albemarleboatowners.com/BoatGalleries/KeepinItRealGallery.html

auguste
04-17-2011, 12:46 PM
x3, but make sure it's non-lemon

Why the non-lemon version?

Thanks

jrc336
04-17-2011, 12:50 PM
Original pledge in aerosol can. I kind of like the lemon smell but not sure if it will do damage, but that's all Ive found. My vinyl guy swears by it sprayed and wiped off with a cotton cloth

ClassicGuy
04-17-2011, 02:04 PM
Lots of people seem really big on Pledge for clear vinyl which presumably comes from having good experience with it. It comes up over and over again. I was curious so I looked up the Federal "material data sheet" for Pledge and the Imar products. Pledge has all sorts of hydrocarbon solvents and propellants in it and silicone waxes. The Imar Strataglass cleaner does not seem to have any solvents and is in a pump spray bottle so no propellants.

On the other hand, if people having been using Pledge for years with no clouding or yellowing, maybe it doesn't matter. It is certainly a lot cheaper though it is the old problem of why take a chance to save $5/year on a plastic cleaner when it might mess up your $3,000 enclosure.

Libra
04-17-2011, 02:23 PM
Plexus X2.... I have used Pledge (non lemon) and it worked ok but was a lil difficult to get it all off clearly. My understanding was that it would help put the waxes back into the clear curtain..?? Mine are 6 years old and are as clear as they were 6 years ago.

Ethan
04-17-2011, 02:59 PM
I've used Lemon Pledge for years with no problems. I use Cloth Baby Diapers, one for application and one for removal and buffing. Wicked easy and smells good! Takes me ten minutes to do my entire surround, inside and out.

Capt. Tom D.
04-17-2011, 03:07 PM
THANKS ALL :thumbsup::tht_rulez:

Mist-Rest
04-17-2011, 03:08 PM
I'm using Fliz and a ball right now.

OMG!!! Yellow and sticky to clear and smooth with zero effort. As close to brand new as any normal person could expect.

Ethan
04-17-2011, 04:12 PM
I'm using Fliz and a ball right now.

OMG!!! Yellow and sticky to clear and smooth with zero effort. As close to brand new as any normal person could expect.
Cool!

Miss Trial
04-17-2011, 06:42 PM
Plexus.

fishing eagle
04-17-2011, 09:22 PM
I have used pledge in past years as well as Plexus. Now I use and prefer 303 Protectant and I use it on my plastic windows, vinyl and most of my boat including the fiberglass. 303 also makes other products for sunbrella and other materials.

breadandbobbers
04-18-2011, 09:01 AM
I've been using Plexus and like it--but the 303 Protectant has my interest. I'll have to give it a try.

Venture34
04-18-2011, 04:31 PM
i have had good success with meguirs clear vinyl polish....and a microfiber cloth... no cotton

dahlbebop
04-18-2011, 04:41 PM
Pledge:thumbsup:Have used it on my boat and my jeeps vinyl for years.

Beefer
04-18-2011, 05:59 PM
Why the non-lemon version?

Thanks

;? dunno honestly. That's what I was told to use years ago, so I did, and have been very happy with the results. I just assumed (ass|u|med) that there was something that wasn't good for the vinyl in the lemon scented, but sounds like that may be a myth.

My current boat (27yrs old now) had yellowed, nasty, filthy eigenglass (sp?), and with the Pledge, it cleaned up and still looks great. I can actually see through them! Did that about 8 months ago, and still looks good.

bigtuna
04-18-2011, 07:57 PM
I use a product called clear- to- sea. It works awesome. You can find it at most west marines.

Also, only use micorfiber on your curtains...terry cloth will scratch em!

jigger
04-19-2011, 02:01 AM
Not a boat enclosure. But the windshield on my motorcycle. I took my bike in to have some work done on it. When I went to pick it up he told me that he clean my bike up with Windex. Well during the day you could not see the damage done. But at night when cars were coming at me. The windshield was white with millions of circular scratches which turned into rainbows in the light. I tried a product called Novus. It is a 3 step process. But it took all the scratches and the white out of the windshield. It is just as clear as the day it was made. This stuff is specifically made to clean plastics and Lexan. The number 1 step is what you would ned to clean your enclosure. It's a cleaner and polish.

C Skip R
04-19-2011, 05:21 AM
Depending on what type of material you have this cleaner/polish is superb.

http://www.ez2cy.com/cleaner_description.html

Goingdeep13
04-19-2011, 06:59 AM
First and foremost when salt spray gets on the enclosure is to THOROUGHLY
RINSE the glass first. I use a separate wash mitt to soap them up and then rinse. I use a chamois to dry, not a water blade to get the water off. The washing and chamois part is what will keep it from scratching up. If you are not careful about this step you will get scratches. All it will take is one time to scratch it up. So be meticulous about this. I use the Imar products. They work great. They also have a very nice coconut smell to them. Water will bead up and fall off the enclosure if maintain correctly.
The times you will most appreciate your work is at night. The lights will really show up the little scratches at night and make it harder to navigate.
Good luck

Bryan

Capt. Tom D.
04-19-2011, 10:59 AM
You all have been very helpful THANKS :thumbsup::thumbsup::tht_rulez::tht_rulez::grin::r ofl:

offshore3144
04-19-2011, 11:29 AM
We just rinse with fresh water to get all the salt off shammy if you have one and the plexus.



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