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Old 07-04-2018, 07:35 AM
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Pledge (personally prefer lemon scent)
Interestingly enough, in Section 5, Van's specifically says NOT to use things like Pledge...
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Old 07-04-2018, 10:39 AM
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Default Plexiglass cleaner caution

Don,

I have been having very good results just cleaning the canopy with a mixture of Dawn dish washing detergent and water. I use two microfiber cloths one soaked with a Dawn + distilled water solution and another to dry off the canopy. I also would suggest wiping in one direction only (with air flow) to avoid any swirls in the plexiglass.

That said, if you feel you must use a plexiglass cleaner please take heed ... not all of the plexiglass cleaners are compatible with the acrylic rear window installed on the older RV-12's so you must read the label VERY closely. Of course, if you have the new plexiglass rear window installed in place of the acrylic window, then disregard this paragraph.

Correction: As Joe so eloquently pointed out in post #14 I've reversed the names of the materials used on the front and rear windows on the older RV-12's. However, the point I was making still rings true ... some of the Plexiglass cleaners are NOT compatible with both polycarbonate and Acrylic materials so read the labels very carefully..

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Old 07-04-2018, 11:01 AM
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Every airshow I go to I ask the windshield and canopy manufacturers what to use, hoping for some kind of a new miracle product, but they always say the same thing "water!".

Lots of water using your hand (obviously with no jewelry), and a microfiber cloth.
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Old 07-04-2018, 11:26 AM
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The original rear window was made of polycarbonate. Acrylic and Plexiglas are the same thing. Plexiglas is a brand name. I believe that the canopy and rear window are now both acrylic.
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Old 07-04-2018, 11:26 AM
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Default Hijacked Thread - back on topic

So, you windshield cleaners realize you completely hijacked this thread from post #6 on.

Anyone else have information about the OP question on encountering problems with getting the plastic canopy film off over time?
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Old 07-04-2018, 11:44 AM
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So, you windshield cleaners realize you completely hijacked this thread from post #6 on.

Anyone else have information about the OP question on encountering problems with getting the plastic canopy film off over time?
Yes, back on subject...

I had 20 year old clear plastic on my canopy. It had gone brittle and stuck over most of it's area.

I used isopropyl alcohol soaking and very gentle fingernail action to remove it a small bit at a time. Took a while but it all came off with no damage.
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