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Isenglass

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Isenglass

Postby USAFRet » July 2nd, 2013, 4:01 pm

So....the plastic windows are not discolored but are covered with scratches. I'm going to see what the marina store has to refurbish the surface tomorrow. I hope I can polish them out. If not, it may be time to call the canvas guy to perform the modifications we've been talking about over the last two weeks. Do you guys have a reliable way to do this?

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Re: Isenglass

Postby Seif911 » July 2nd, 2013, 4:43 pm

Hello,
I just had my entire camper top restitched and a few windows replaced. The windows the upholstry guy did not replace, he told me to use a 3M reconditioning product. I'd love to tell you what it is but honestly have not looked for it yet. Good luck and I'll be watching the thread to see if you find it :-D
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Re: Isenglass

Postby DanM » July 2nd, 2013, 4:49 pm

I have used Meguiars Plastx Polish and for more aggressive marks, Yacht Brite Pro Polish. I used a buffing machine as recommended by a boat detailer always moving to prevent swirls and heat. Each piece was laid out on a table with towels underneath, painters tape covering the canvas edges, and clamps to hold it in place. It was very successful until the age deteriorated the stitching to the point that I just had all the canvas and glass replaced last week. It was not in the budget but you have to protect the investment.

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Re: Isenglass

Postby waybomb » July 2nd, 2013, 5:09 pm

Plexus. Motorcycle guys use it on their visors, Pilots use it on their canopies. Eyeglass wearers use it on their plastic lenses.
Clean the vinyl with water and a very soft towel. Dry it with another soft towel. Spray the Plexus on, and just keep wiping with another very soft towel until it's all shiny and clear. Works wonders.
No need to work hard - work smart!
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Re: Isenglass

Postby USAFRet » July 2nd, 2013, 7:54 pm

OK...thanks for your inputs! Other than cruising around, my long weekend will consist of a: Dodging rain storms b: Waterproofing my canvas top c: Isinglass d: Replacing my windshield wiper blades. The rain may prevent me from b and c, but a and d are mandatory. My blades are weather rotted so I hope I can find replacements locally. Thanks again for your advice all.
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Re: Isenglass

Postby MissWhit's » July 3rd, 2013, 6:40 pm

I use PLEXIGLASS as it does remove mild scratches or I should say fills them in. It is a NASA product that was used on airplane canopies. A lot of information is out there on the internet about PLEXIGLASS and what I like about it the most is it can restore faded areas. I preserves your glass from UV damage and keeps the Isenglass soft and plyable. I have never used a scratch remover like Meguiar's Wax & Polish offer and I have read in some forums not to use this kind of stuff as it removes protective film that may be in your Isenglas. Isenglass has different levels of quality and some have this built in UV filter layer so be careful. When I used the PLEXIGLASS the first time on my Carver I WAS able to work out some scuffing by rubbing harder and faster over the area of need. I use it like windex for keeping my glass clean. I hope this helps. Regards, Johnny
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Re: Isenglass

Postby aviator » August 25th, 2013, 10:45 pm

I was going to suggest Plexus. I've used it on my cockpit windscreens a few times with good results. Another product is Prist [the arcrylic cleaner not the Jet fuel anti-ice additive by the same name lol] excellent basic cleaner... for yellowing and scratches you might try one of those headlight restorer systems but I have no idea how they would work on soft vinyl. You might try looking in one of the mazda miata forums IK there are several threads in them on vinyl window care/restoration for the soft tops.

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