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post #11 of 24 (permalink) Old 01-11-2017, 05:33 PM
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I have just purchased this product recently and have used it two times so far. I'm fine with the outcome so far. We shall see though! The only problem so far is that I haven't had any rain to run in since I got to Florida in November!


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post #12 of 24 (permalink) Old 01-11-2017, 10:30 PM
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I have a F4 windshield. Rainx does not effect it at all.
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Years ago I used it on a Suzuki Intruder windshield and when I removed the cover after the next winter it was hazed over. So, it took a few months, to answer the OP's question.

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I have a F4 windshield. Rainx does not effect it at all.
Why would you put RainX on a F4? The baked on special coating repels water, nothing else is needed.
For the OP, the damage from using the RainX glass formula on a acrylic windshield will start almost immediately.
The question is, if you're replacing the shield next season, why waste the time and money putting RainX on it now??
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I have a F4 windshield. Rainx does not effect it at all.
Why would you put RainX on a F4? The baked on special coating repels water, nothing else is needed.
For the OP, the damage from using the RainX glass formula on a acrylic windshield will start almost immediately.
Been a while but, saw the damage done to a Gold Wing windshield, which is coated polycarbonate. Was a new bike and the owner was very upset. So the RainX glass formula is a No-No on any form of plastic.
The question is, if you're replacing the shield next season, why waste the time and money putting RainX on it now??
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Water and a microfiber cloth is what I use.
No worries about anything.

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I read on the F4 site (I think) they don't recommend microfiber on their windshields. They said microfiber carried small particles of dirt that could scratch the windshield. A clean paper towel is better.
flat6bagger I'm not posting this for sake of an argument but only to show no matter how careful we think we are somebody will find error.
I came across a can of Plexus an used it on my old 1500 windshield that I liked very well. Don't know that it took the bug guts off any better or easier but after I worked with it getting them off I really liked the slickness and feel it left on the windshield.
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"I read on the F4 site (I think) they don't recommend microfiber on their windshields. They said microfiber carried small particles of dirt that could scratch the windshield. A clean paper towel is better."

I am not answering this in an argumentative way.
This is just my opinion based on my experience.

I hope F4 replies to this.
It makes no sense to me that you should not use a microfiber cloth when they show in their video actually using steel wool.
I do don't believe that a paper towel would be considered a better choice than micro fiber cloth.
I have been doing this on all my windshields for the past 10+ years with no issues.
By the way I use bottled water that I always carry as the water to clean the windshield.
I never use the water at the gas station pumps.
I also use the bottled water to rinse the micro fiber towel and put in a baggie.
When I get a chance I wash it out at a gas station sink with hand soap or at home.


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Let me clarify. I use rainx on my f4 with no negative effects on the shield.

Why do I use it? Rain dissipates much better with it then without it.

Also, I used a towel and water to clean it for about 2 years and 50K miles (with no damage) until I read on this forum from F4 that their cleaner was the best thing to use and rubbing alcohol and paper towels is the second best thing to use. The rubbing alcohol works much better then then water and towel. I recently won three bottles of their cleaner and it works better then rubbing alcohol. (their cleaner has the consistency and smell of a really thin wax with some kind of solvent)
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I have a F 4 screen on my Wing. I fitted it in late in 2011.


Apart of a couple of small gouged up scratched spots from stone strikes its still on the bike and I don't have any plans to replace it anytime soon.
We get quite a bit of rain all year round here in New Zealand, so I end up riding in the rain quite a bit from time to time.


I have cleaned it with the windscreen wash and brush found a petrol stations, Isopropyl Alcohol or rubbing alcohol I think you guys call it. Lemon Pledge and that RainX.
I have found by far the best result is after applying the RainX and I apply the Rain X when I expect some rain on the trip.


I did initially apply it to a small portion and observed no clouding or signs that it was detrimental to the plastics. I also apply it to the visor of my helmet. I do not use the paper towels but opt for a clean microfiber polishing cloth - the same type I use to polish the bike.
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"I read on the F4 site (I think) they don't recommend microfiber on their windshields. They said microfiber carried small particles of dirt that could scratch the windshield. A clean paper towel is better."

I am not answering this in an argumentative way.
This is just my opinion based on my experience.

I hope F4 replies to this.
It makes no sense to me that you should not use a microfiber cloth when they show in their video actually using steel wool.
I do don't believe that a paper towel would be considered a better choice than micro fiber cloth.
I have been doing this on all my windshields for the past 10+ years with no issues.
By the way I use bottled water that I always carry as the water to clean the windshield.
I never use the water at the gas station pumps.
I also use the bottled water to rinse the micro fiber towel and put in a baggie.
When I get a chance I wash it out at a gas station sink with hand soap or at home.


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Doug and fellow site readers, this is Don at F4 Customs.
Doug with the great procedure you outline above for cleaning I am sure you would never have an issue.
We recommend paper towels only because if steel wool won't scratch it paper doesn't have a chance. Secondly paper towels are clean all the time. We have found that folks get so used to not scratching our shield that they pick up a microfiber clean the bike, wheels and all, and then clean the shield. If you pick up some sand (silicon carbide) particles in the rag is could result in a slight mark so why take the chance. For all of you that are meticulous about cleaning and only use the microfiber on the shield, there would be no issue.
Hope this clarifies for all. Ride Safe and thanks for being customers of F4 Customs!
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