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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 09-26-2011, 05:34 PM Thread Starter
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So I have one of those tombstone windshields and it has been foggy or etched or gray or some other descriptor that means I can't see through it. Not a problem for the most part since I see over it. After a long highway ride where I was sitting a bit far back for comfort purposes, I started getting annoyed by this. I tried using soap/water, olive oil, even a fine metal-polishing paste to see if anything would take it off.

I gave up and stuck a note on the windshield telling the parking police where my parking permit is (they love writing tickets in DC even if you have one). Next day I come out and pull it off. The tape took the coating right off! I grabbed the rest of the roll and applied it on the outside and inside of the shield and it became perfectly transparent! I added some pictures to show the difference.

The specific brand is Bandit clear packaging tape, but any clear packaging tape should work. 1 note though- if you have the Vulcan tombstone windshield like me, you may want to be careful around the logo (that V with wings) the tape will take off those weird lines inside the decal. Doesn't bother me though. I can see!
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 09-26-2011, 05:57 PM
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Wow, how cool is that. Wonder if it would work on my Hellcat. How long do you leave the tape on for tho ? Overnight or less.

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Hmm....she was on the back when we left.... ??
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It was real easy. I just put it on, pressed it flush, and peeled it off.
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That's great. I love surprise fixes. Gonna try it on mine. It isn't bad but yours came out awesome afterward so I gotta see what happens to mine lol.

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Home made under-tank single filter
Converted ACCT's to manual (thanks wib714)
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LED tail/plate lights
Relocated helmet lock to license plate

Added stuff:
Customized hard bags w/ lights
Chrome levers
Hellcat windscreen
LED running lights
Home made 'Vita-Volt' meter
Foot rests on engine guard
Tunes

Hmm....she was on the back when we left.... ??
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post #5 of 14 (permalink) Old 09-26-2011, 06:44 PM
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What, a clear shield without elbow grease... Sounds as good as the Mequiars Plasti X I've been usin on my face shield, and without the elbow grease...
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I was just given a screan that has that issue. I think I may try this before pulling out the polish.
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So I have one of those tombstone windshields and it has been foggy or etched or gray or some other descriptor that means I can't see through it. Not a problem for the most part since I see over it. After a long highway ride where I was sitting a bit far back for comfort purposes, I started getting annoyed by this. I tried using soap/water, olive oil, even a fine metal-polishing paste to see if anything would take it off.

I gave up and stuck a note on the windshield telling the parking police where my parking permit is (they love writing tickets in DC even if you have one). Next day I come out and pull it off. The tape took the coating right off! I grabbed the rest of the roll and applied it on the outside and inside of the shield and it became perfectly transparent! I added some pictures to show the difference.

The specific brand is Bandit clear packaging tape, but any clear packaging tape should work. 1 note though- if you have the Vulcan tombstone windshield like me, you may want to be careful around the logo (that V with wings) the tape will take off those weird lines inside the decal. Doesn't bother me though. I can see!
Awesome fix, thanks a ton for sharing it.
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Jeez, how old was that windscreen? How did it get to look so bad? Was it supposed to be tinted?

My instincts here tell me that you may have removed the "anti scratch" coating off the shield, which means it will now in theory scratch easier....

I know they put coatings on lexan screens to keep them from getting scratched, looks like yours discolored for some reason. Was it clear at o e time while you owned it? What did you use to clean it or do you live near some source of pollution ?

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I know I am the 3rd owner, but there may have been more. I get the feeling it is as old as the bike (a 94). I very well could have taken the anti scratch coating off, but since I couldn't see through it anyhow- no love lost there. Guy before me was in Maryland not too far away. No toxic plants there that I know of...

Side note- upon closer look it didn't take off the artistic lines inside the vn logo.
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