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posted 05-18-2002 07:18 PM ET (US)
I stored my Izenglass windshield (the clear, soft plastic used for boat canvas tops) rolled up in a bowrider compartment up at the bow of my 210 Ventura, and unfortunately some of the glass was sitting in a puddle of cloudy water in the storage bin. The part of the glass that was in the water is now "stained" and cloudy, with a little bit of yellowing at the edges. I cannot really see thru these blurred edges (of course it happens to be right in my line of sight when I put the windshield up). I tried cleaning it with Meguiar's Plastic Cleaner #17, but I had no luck. Is this a permanent stain? !! Please let me know if anyone has a great cleaing suggestion. Thanks.
posted 05-19-2002 07:48 AM ET (US)
Did you try the Meguiar's plastic POLISH as well as the cleaner? If that doesn't work, try rubbing WD-40 into the cloudy areas, then using the Mequiar's plastic cleaner and polish.
posted 05-19-2002 08:43 AM ET (US)
I haven't tried the POLISH yet, just the cleaner....WD-40 sounds kinda scary but I think I may try a tiny test spot to see if it helps. I'll let you know!
posted 05-20-2002 12:41 AM ET (US)
It's not isenglas (sp?), which is mica, and used
to be used in stove windows.
posted 05-20-2002 09:46 AM ET (US)
Yes Chuck, Eisenglas is technically Mica, but the name is also used for other transparent window openings.
Try to use the Meguiars and also check with someone in your area that does restorations on classic cars, I had a product that Mercedes recommende for the vinyl windows, can't remember the name.
posted 05-20-2002 10:33 AM ET (US)
Hey all, good suggestions, keep 'em coming.
Actually, some of the "cloudiness" is disappearing a little on its own. Could this be some trapped condensation within the window film? I will wait and see. The discolored yellowing is not improving however. I will check with some convertible car window detailers in the area as they have similar products.
posted 05-20-2002 11:16 AM ET (US)
blavid- Clean it with soap and water. Lay it out in the sun so the air can travel easily all around it. The clear will return shortly. Yellow on canvas edges- a little bleach. David
posted 05-20-2002 05:51 PM ET (US)
I've read that a product called Plexus works well.
posted 05-20-2002 09:39 PM ET (US)
blavid- As you note the cloudiness is going away somewhat on its own. Will continue, just let air and light at it. I did the same thing with a clear surround for my t top- left it in front fish storage locker and some water got at it. Cleaned it up and hung it over a rope at my dock. You've got new stuff, it all clears up. The guy on the other site that responded to you couldn't find his you know what if he used both hands. Good luck.. David
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