Care of the Galaxy Windows

Submitted: Saturday, Mar 22, 2003 at 21:53
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The windows in our BT's are made of acrylic plastic and are fairly vunerable to scratching and because scratching is hard to repair (not impossible) it's best not to scratch them in the first place. Most damage is caused by poor washing technique over time leading to fine swirl scratches. It becomes most apparent when in sunlight.
The windows probably havent been in the field long enough yet to be severely marked but some might be well on their way.

A few hints for their care...

The worst thing to do is wipe them with a damp chamois ..... driving down a dirt road the windows get covered in grit and wiping them over with a chamois catches this grit between surface and chamois. Because the chamois has a smooth surface the grit has no where to go and is moved across the surface scratching the surface.

Any sort of "dry" wiping will eventually mark the surface. Leave it until you have access to water or best ... a hose.

To clean the windows with no or least amount of marking a lubricant needs to be used to release and remove grit. That lubricant can be water/detergent mix, a good glass cleaner (need too much), plain water is better than nothing.
I always leave the windows on a trip and wash them on return for this reason. This might not be practical for most because of the extended trips BTs' seem to do.

If you have access to hose you can remove 90% of grit with a good blast preferably from above window in a downward direction therefore removing most of the grit even before you rub it. The whole van will benefit removing as much grit as possible before rubbing any painted surface when washing.

To wash them on a trip I'd use a bucket and nappy (because of the loop pile it doesnt trap the grit at suface so rubs less grit across surface as you wipe. Use a good quality neutral Ph carwash liquid in the water. Dont apply to much pressure when wiping just enough to remove grit and clean surface. Rinse off well if possible.

Now that window is free of grit you can wipe over to remove water marks and minerals from water on surface.
I use a clean dry nappy and a product called Meguiars No Smear Glass Cleaner. It has no ammonia in it, does not leave streaks and is tint safe. I use it on the car windows ... works very well. Even though the cleaner is tint safe be very careful of the material used to wipe a window with tinting.

If after time your windows look quite marked they can be fixed by buffing with specialist products Meguiars carry. It is used on Aircraft windows which are "Plastic" (Lexan). Dont attempt to do this without contacting Meguiars for specialist advice about removing scratches from plastic. It's best left to someone experienced with plastic buffing.

Anthony


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Reply By: Turist - Saturday, Mar 22, 2003 at 21:55

Saturday, Mar 22, 2003 at 21:55
We did a lot of "Bushtracking" on the last big trip, lots of narrow tracks with intruding tree branches etc.
Consequently a lot of scratches on the windows.
Managed to remove most by a gentle application of Brasso on the deep ones and finishing off with Maguires Clear Plastic Polish. Lots of work but windows looked OK again.
A thought for the next trip through this type of country, cover the plexiglass with clingwrap.
I havn't tried it yet but I think that it should work.
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Reply By: Bushtracker Buck & Babe - Saturday, Mar 22, 2003 at 21:56

Saturday, Mar 22, 2003 at 21:56
Okay, so this might seem like a silly question, but why dont they provide the covers for all the windows like they do the one at the front over the wheels? Angie
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Reply By: Turist - Saturday, Mar 22, 2003 at 21:57

Saturday, Mar 22, 2003 at 21:57
The one at the front is a stone guard Angie.
I suppose you could have them all around, they would fit but it sure would look strange.
If you are going down narrow bushy tracks just walk in front with the secateurs.
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Reply By: Noosa Fox - Saturday, Mar 22, 2003 at 21:58

Saturday, Mar 22, 2003 at 21:58
While washing the windows with the hose, make sure to give the track at the top the the window hinges in a good clean out to prevent the dust build up from damaging the hinge area. That is if you haven't already used Turists tape to cover the gap up.
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Reply By: Deleted User - Saturday, Mar 22, 2003 at 21:59

Saturday, Mar 22, 2003 at 21:59
Before I had a proper mask I used gladwrap on my glasses when spray painting just peel off and no overspray. Plastic lenses didnt like thinners. Bit of a fiddle to put in on though. There must be a cheap industrial type clear film you could use on the windows for narrow tracks etc. Something like the peel off plastic on the bonnet of new cars when they ship them.
The glad wrap might work if you wet the area first like putting on window tinting. The edges might not lift if put on with water and let dry. Get some funny looks in van parks .... I knew those BT owners were a bit strange ..... " George there's a fella wrapping his Bushtracker in glad wrap ..... fair dinkum George !!!!
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Reply By: Bushtracker Buck & Babe - Saturday, Mar 22, 2003 at 22:00

Saturday, Mar 22, 2003 at 22:00
Thought you might be interested in this posting from the Jayco site in response to care of windows: Q: have a 12ft Freedom with the tinted bubble windows which have some scratches from the cover I put over it during storage. Does anyone know the effect of using polish on these type of perspex windows to polish them out. The manual sugests that only warm soapy water should be used to clean same. A: Phil, as an aircraft mechanic we use what's called a 'Micro Mesh Kit' for polishing out scratches (some, very deep) of perspex windows/canopies. Basically what they are is a whole heap of different grades of wet and dry. Starting at about 400 grade and finishing up to about 4000 grade. You may be able to purchase something like this from a fibreglass/perspex industrial company or you can try polishing it with Brasso. This will fairly max out your perspex and I would only recommend if you have some gouges from trees etc. If you have real minor scratches, try a very fine cutting polish, followed by a normal polish, finishing with a perspex polish (boat shops will have this). Good luck and hope you get those scratches out. Of course, they might be talking about different windows, but the response was interesting. Angie
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Reply By: Deleted User - Saturday, Mar 22, 2003 at 22:02

Saturday, Mar 22, 2003 at 22:02
Is the self sudsing washing brush at a CarLovers car washing outlet (or any of these type of car washing outlets) good enough for these windows? They also have a high pressure hose and this might be useful for removing grit from windows???
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Reply By: Bushtracker Buck & Babe - Saturday, Mar 22, 2003 at 22:03

Saturday, Mar 22, 2003 at 22:03
Has anyone looked at this stuff to see if it would prevent our windows from getting damaged? http://www.obiesoutback.com.au/obie1.htm Angie
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Reply By: Deleted User - Saturday, Mar 22, 2003 at 22:05

Saturday, Mar 22, 2003 at 22:05
I suspect that the canvas cover moving against the perspex would worsen rather than solve the problem, especially if grit/dust was present.
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Reply By: Deleted User - Saturday, Mar 22, 2003 at 22:06

Saturday, Mar 22, 2003 at 22:06
Prevention is better than cure, get out and cut the branches!! A good tool is a brush hook. Sort of a long handled machette. Hard to find though, If you know a surveyor, he may be able to tell you where you can get a good one. Otherwise a good hardware store may be able to order one in. Keep it sharp!! For cleaning I use a commercial truck wash called Teepol (Shell product) for the whole van, including windows and solar panels. Wet surface first (hose down), mix concentrate as directed in warm water and apply with a very soft broom or brush brush. Get it all sudsed up. Then hose off. On a vehicle, the rain beads as if you've polished it. Good stuff mate!!
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