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Does anyone know of a good product to remove hazing/filming on glass and plexiglass? The cabin windows in my Helms have a crackled film on them and I can't seem to find a product that will remove it. I believe the windows are plexiglass.
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toothpaste is pretty good polish for plastics in general. I've used it to remove fine scratches from motorcycle helmet visors, ski googles, watch crystals, etc.
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I'Ve used These Meguiar's products on motorcycle windscreens and airplane canopies with great success.
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I actually just used a product called Prism, that I purchased in Annapolis a couple of years ago. I used it on my 6 hazed ports. Worked so well, I am now looking for curtains. I just rubbed it on with a soft paper towel and rubbed until it did not appear to have polish on it. (like waxing) I repeated until there wasn't any grey or black color on the paper towel. Just shining lexan or plexi-glass. Actually I am not sure which, but I think Lexan. Someone at my marina used Menguires on theirs and that also worked pretty well. I think if I had used a polisher/buffer it probably would have also removed the small imperfections. I will probably try that this weekend.
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I saw a car restoration show that was using wet emery paper to make a Plexiglas rear window look like new. They started with 800 grit and went through 4 stages till they got to 1500 grit.
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Use the Prism Polish. Works great on Lexan and reviving gelcoat colors as well. I have been using it for about 5 years, and it is amazing what it does to revive color. Unfortunantly, I have never seen it at retail. I always get it at Strictly Sail or online at MP Pros: Metal polish and finish restorer

It also does a great job on metals as well.
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Flitz did the job for me.

I used a product called Flitz that I saw at the Annapolis show. I was skeptical, the demo's were being done on a thin piece of plastic. So the demo guy gave me a pass to come back another day and bring one of 6 large portlights from my 28 yr old boat. The half inch plastic ports completely yellowed and scuffed to being opaque. He used the Flitz with a polishing ball on a drill. It did a great job! Much better than I had been achieving using products from auto parts stores and elbow grease. I bought the Flitz and have been using it to clean all the ports. Now, some thick ports will have hairline, almost dust strand like scratches deep inside and no product will get those out. But for taking the surface down to a nice, smooth finish the Flitz did the job for me.
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