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What Virago you Own: 1996 Virago Special XV1100SH
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Post by ViragoJoe » Wed Feb 15, 2017 11:28 am

Having a scratch-free motorcycle windshield is not only essential in achieving an optimum motorcycle driving experience. It is also necessary to prevent road accidents, due to poor windshield visibility. Unlike car windshields, a motorcycle windshield is commonly made of plastic, which could easily be scratched and appear hazy. Regular maintenance is needed to make sure that your motorcycle windshield gives you optimum visibility regardless of whether you are driving on a busy freeway or taking a leisure drive on the countryside. 
Below are the materials that you will need along with the instructions on how to remove scratches from a motorcycle windshield.

Step 1- Soaking the Windshield with Mild Dish washing Soap
Prepare a mixture of mild dish washing soap diluted in water. Using a soft towel, gently apply the mixture to the windshield, making sure that the entire surface is covered. Let the soap mixture stand for a few minutes to make sure that it is soaked well in the windshield.

Step 2 - Drying the soaked windshield area
After the windshield has been soaked for a few minutes, wipe and rinse off the accumulated dirt and suds that were created, using a clean soft washcloth. Afterwards, dry off the windshield with another clean soft washcloth. This procedure may be repeated until the windshield is entirely clean even though scratches may still be seen.

Step 3 - Buffing the scratched areas of the windshield
For the scratches left on the windshield, gently hand buff the area using a fine-grade buffing material, such as wool. Once done, wipe off the area also with a soft dry washcloth to clear up the dirt that may come out from the buffing.

Step 4 - Application of a Polishing compound on the Scratched Area
After buffing, use a fresh and soft washcloth to apply the polish. There are various kinds of glass and plastic polish available at your local hardware shop. With the chosen polishing compound, dab the dry soft washcloth into the polish and gently wipe over the windshield. Concentrate on polishing the areas of your motorcycle windshield where scratches are visible. The polishing compound will not only remove the scratches on your windshield but also clears the windshield of whatever insect trails are left on it.

Step 5 - Drying the polished area of the windshield
When application of the polish is done, the windshield should be left to air-dry for at least an hour. Cover the windshield with dry clean cloth or shirt made of cotton to protect it from dirt. Store your motorcycle in a safe area and keep it covered until your next drive.

A good tip that you should take note of is to avoid using paper towels to wipe the windshield of the motorcycle, as this material may cause small scratches on your motorcycle windshield (after all paper towels are made from wood). Using mild dish washing soap for cleaning your motorcycle windshield instead of glass-cleaning and petroleum-based products is the better option since glass-cleaning solutions contain harsh ingredients which may cause further damage on your motorcycle windshield.

Another Tip: It is best to buff your windshield in straight Vertical or Horizontally stokes. Straight lines are easier to see through than swirls. Especially at night with on coming headlights.
1996 XV1100SH Virago Special
"Never ride faster than your Guardian Angel can fly!!"

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