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Old 09-21-2016, 06:22 PM   #1
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Products to restore vinyl windows?

None have any suggestions for a product to restore vinyl windows. There are several out their but they are expensive. Some claim to rove scratches. Are they worth it or a waste of money?


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Old 09-21-2016, 06:37 PM   #2
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Collinite Insulator Wax seems to be the preferred product by the local boat detailers
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I have used 210 spray wax. It also helps shed rain water. It is available on Amazon.
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Old 09-21-2016, 09:17 PM   #4
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I tried IMAR Strataglass Polish, but did not see any improvement in the condition of mine.

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As I said above, 210 worked very well on our older and hazy eisenglass. It improved the visibility a lot. I was very surprised how much better it was. We had tried Flitz polish and buff, no noticible improvement. I was turned on to the 210 by a canvas guy in Cape May. It is very easy to use. I did both the inside and outside of the flybridge enclosure in 45 minutes.
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Old 09-22-2016, 12:34 AM   #6
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A long time ago, when sports cars had plastic windows sewed into vinyl roof covers (sounds much like boat covers of today), toothpaste was the recommended cleaner and scratch remover. Worth a try? Readily available.
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Old 09-22-2016, 08:03 AM   #7
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I don't know about "restoring" but Lemon Pledge will do a good job of shining them up.Try on a small corner first to be sure it is compatible with yours. I just spray on and buff with a soft cloth old tee shirt. I use it on the vinyl roll up windows not the EZTOCY stiff ones.
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Old 09-22-2016, 08:20 AM   #8
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Star brite plastic restore, two step.


I do not know whether it is the best, I've gotten some good results.
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Old 09-22-2016, 09:24 AM   #9
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Novus is a well known product for plastic repair and polish. I've had good success with it, even on the plastic viewscreen of my blast cabinet which gets pretty hazed..

https://www.amazon.com/NOVUS-7100-Pl.../dp/B002UCYRZU
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Old 09-22-2016, 09:30 AM   #10
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Change to polycarbonate ( Lexan type) at first opportunity. You will never look back.
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Old 09-22-2016, 10:47 AM   #11
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There is a difference from scratches and that of sun damage, if you scratched it up say by a seat rubbing or strap its much like taking a scratch out of a nice car, light abrasive/polishing in steps. If its sun damage, which is all plastic after 5 years will have some, then there really isn't a lot you are going to do, get to 7 years and replace it.
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A long time ago, when sports cars had plastic windows sewed into vinyl roof covers (sounds much like boat covers of today), toothpaste was the recommended cleaner and scratch remover. Worth a try? Readily available.
I have used ceramic stove top cleaner to smooth and polish by hand acrylic plastic back to clear.
On some huge plastic window, that will take some work. Maybe use a powered buffing pad.
This works by actually polishing away the degraded outer plastic to expose a clean smooth new surface.

Put that Aerospace 303 protectant on top to keep it clean and UV protected. Vinyl and Eisenglass is in their list safe to use on.
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Old 09-22-2016, 03:12 PM   #13
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I have seen ads on TV using Flitz on plastic windows. It's an ad so of course they say it works. I've never tried it.
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I have tried various buffing compounds using my polishing buffer on vinyl windows. ZILTCH!

My only solution was to sew in a new piece.
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Strataglass warns consumers not to use anything but Imar products. I use Imar but it doesn't seem to do much. I've been afraid to use anything else. Am I being overly cautious? The detailers in FL that I've spoken to use 210.
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Give 210 a try, you might be surprised. i was, it worked womders on my old canvas for visibility.
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