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Old 06-15-2010, 07:51 PM   #1
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Polishing Plastic Windows

Hello All,
Has anyone every used regular car wax to clean your plastic windows.

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Old 06-15-2010, 08:00 PM   #2
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I wouldn't do it. The windows would probably get worse. I use a product called Novus plastic polish. It works great but use some masking tape so you don't get polish on the coloured soft top. It takes forever for it to wear of the soft top material.

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Old 06-15-2010, 08:15 PM   #3
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PlastiX works pretty well too, the key is to get them nice and clean first before you start apllying anything. Warm soapy water, wipe left to right, don't do circular motions, don't use paper towels use a lint free towel dedicated just for use on the windows.
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Old 06-15-2010, 08:15 PM   #4
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I've waxed mine. It didn't do a thing.
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Old 06-15-2010, 08:24 PM   #5
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Use only plastic window polishes like Novus, Plexus, or Meguires. Plastic window material (vinyl) is really soft and can be easily scratched so make sure to use only products made to be used on it.

The biggest thing to NEVER use on plastic windows are paper towels which will eventually scratch them so badly that the vinyl will turn opaque and yellow. Use only slightly moistened soft cotton towels, old t-shirts, etc. on them. Even cotton can scratch them if the cotton is bone dry, especially if there is any dirt on the window's surface. It's best to hose the dirt off before wiping on them.
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Old 06-15-2010, 08:38 PM   #6
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I did this the other day and it really cleaned the windows. I was amazed at how much dirt was on the waxing cloth I used. I would think this should help protect them some?
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If your cloth had dirt on it afterwards, the windows weren't clean to begin with which is how they get scratched. Vinyl windows should not be rubbed on when there is any dirt on them, the dirt itself will scratch them. Gently wash them first with water, a little detergent, & gently wiping with a damp cloth until they're clean. Then you can dry them and use a plastic polish on them to get the little fine scratches out. Or do the final polish with Plexus which is an aerosol foam polish that will help with extremely fine but not big scratches.
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Wax will eventually yellow and removing it will damage your windows. For the same price as a good can of wax, you can buy a window cleaner and polish.
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Use stuff made for plastic/vinyl windows, or clean with soft cloth and soapy water.
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I only use Bestop cleaners and polish on my soft top. That way if anything goes wrong I can yell at Geoff

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