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Old 09-01-2017, 11:27 AM
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Yes I have Googled this but wanted to get some advice from the THT brain trust. I have a Polaris Ranger with a polycarbonate windshield. It's fine until you turn into direct sun and then it's like someone threw a thick spider web on it. You can barely see through it. A new one is $450 so obviously I would like to refurb the one I have. Another option would be to get the local glass shop to cut a piece of poly to put in the frame.

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Buff ball with plastic polish, similar to a headlight restoration kit.
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Originally Posted by ChrisW21 View Post
Buff ball with plastic polish, similar to a headlight restoration kit.
Any suggestion on which polish?
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Meguiar's PlastX is pretty good.
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Will be a pain to polish, but I suppose it's worth a shot. I'd start with 200 grit on an orbital, and work my way up to 5000...


Then when I was disgusted with the time I wasted versus results, probably buy this one.

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Originally Posted by UnclebobJHC View Post
Will be a pain to polish, but I suppose it's worth a shot. I'd start with 200 grit on an orbital, and work my way up to 5000...


Then when I was disgusted with the time I wasted versus results, probably buy this one.

http://a.co/9WqvWx7


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McGuires #17 plastic polish or Novus
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Originally Posted by Snoozin View Post
McGuires #17 plastic polish or Novus
I remember using Novus when I worked the line at the local airport years ago. Would you go with the #2 and then the #1? We just used the #1 kinda like a gas station attendant using the squeegee.
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Originally Posted by Shag View Post
I remember using Novus when I worked the line at the local airport years ago. Would you go with the #2 and then the #1? We just used the #1 kinda like a gas station attendant using the squeegee.
Haven't used it in a few years. I'd check what they're offering these days and use whatever level fits the job your doing.
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Originally Posted by Shag View Post
Any suggestion on which polish?
Been too long since I polished anything plastic, but these guys ^^^^^ are giving good advice. I didn't even consider a fine grit wet sand, but that may be the quickest way to satisfaction.

And you know you'll be doing this again soon, since we all have that *friend* who drives in front and blasts your windshield because it's "funny"........
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waste of time and money, buy a new one
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Originally Posted by dell30rb View Post
waste of time and money, buy a new one
If you make more than $450 / hour, maybe. But it won't take more than an hour to make it crystal clear, and even less if he keep up on it regularly after that.

Don't piss on the man for asking how to fix something. Did someone start drinking early on this fine holiday weekend??
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If you make more than $450 / hour, maybe. But it won't take more than an hour to make it crystal clear, and even less if he keep up on it regularly after that.

Don't piss on the man for asking how to fix something. Did someone start drinking early on this fine holiday weekend??
I actually make $450 per hour which entitles me to tell people like dell30rb to fuk off even with his helpful posts.
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Originally Posted by UnclebobJHC View Post
Will be a pain to polish, but I suppose it's worth a shot. I'd start with 200 grit on an orbital, and work my way up to 5000...
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He must have dropped a digit, and really meant 2000.
Woodcraft has a kit like that - goes up to 10,000.

And you would ruin it really quick with an orbital.
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Shag, polishing a large polycarbonate windshield is going to take many hours and the results are going to be less than satisfactory. (I am in the plastics biz). If you are ever in the greensboro area bring your old windshield and I will make you a new one gratis. I would rather you spend your time making witty posts on THT than polishing that windshield. PM me if you want to discuss further.
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prisim polish has a cream that does it
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I good post, wasting your time get a new one. The sun has ruined it.
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Are you sure that the crazing is just on the surface? My guess is that it runs through the poly, so try a small section to confirm whether anything will be marginally effective. (Also, 200 wet/dry will ruin it, and 2000 will take a looooong time to make any difference.)

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Originally Posted by Carolina Custom View Post
Shag, polishing a large polycarbonate windshield is going to take many hours and the results are going to be less than satisfactory. (I am in the plastics biz). If you are ever in the greensboro area bring your old windshield and I will make you a new one gratis. I would rather you spend your time making witty posts on THT than polishing that windshield. PM me if you want to discuss further.
I need a new motorcycle windshield and in the GSO area. How much would you charge to make one for a non-witty poster?
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