How to Remove Scratches from Motorcycle Windshields

by William Jackson

Perhaps the greatest thrill to a motorcycle ride is taking in the panoramic view as you cruise along. But if you don't take proper care of your windshield, that view may soon become hazy or cloudy due to small scratches. These are especially noticeable when riding into the sun or another vehicle's headlights. Since motorcycle windshields are generally made of plastic instead of the mostly scratch-resistant glass found on a car's windshield, special care must be taken both to prevent and remove scratches.

Soak a soft clean towel in warm water mixed with a mild dishwashing soap and gently lay it across your windshield until the entire surface has been covered. Allow it to soak for a minute or two before removing it.

Wipe and rinse off accumulated grime with a clean soft washcloth. Then dry your shield with another. Lengthen or repeat this step until your windshield is completely clean, no matter how scratched.

Hand buff your shield with a fine-grade buffing compound, applying with yet another soft dry washcloth. Consult the manufacturer's directions for more specific directions.

Using another clean soft washcloth, apply your polish. Pledge is a cheap choice that also works well in filling scratches and removing any remaining insect entrails.

Allow your shield to dry and then place a windshield cover or simply a clean cotton t-shirt over the shield to keep it clean until the next time you use it.

Warning

  • close Do not use paper towels to wipe your windshield as this may cause small scratches. In choosing your mild dish-washing soap, avoid glass cleaning and petroleum-based products such as Windex or Armor All as these may damage your windshield.

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About the Author

William Jackson has written, reported and edited professionally for more than 10 years. His work has been published in newspapers, magazines, scholarly journals, high-level government reports, books and online. He holds a master's degree in humanities from Pennsylvania State University.