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I've used Pledge furniture polish... seems to work fine. When they get scratched... time to replace.
FWIW, Pledge is the one of the few products that Strataglass (premium vinyl maker) specifically forbids under warrentee, because of repeated problems with it creating discoloration after repeated use.

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FWIW, Pledge is the one of the few products that Strataglass (premium vinyl maker) specifically forbids under warrentee, because of repeated problems with it creating discoloration after repeated use.

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Thanks.... I don't contemplate making a warranty claim... My dodger has 2 panels of plastic and the are pretty good... or no worse than the Sunbrella.... I replace the whole thing every 6 or 7 years or so... and the Pledge seems to work fine during this period.

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Re: Removing the haze from Dodger windows

Why not just use the correct polish as the cost is minor in the big picture?

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Re: Removing the haze from Dodger windows

I have had good results with this . It really helps to have a solid backing on the other side and a car buffer helps too .

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Why not just use the correct polish as the cost is minor in the big picture?
My question also....why invent alternatives when the manufacturer gives you a rather cheap solution for protecting it's product


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Re: Removing the haze from Dodger windows

Purchasers of dodgers etc. with windows don't get an mfg maintenance sheet. However the custom canvas shops should have a hand out and if they had any class they would provide on can of the proper window cleaner with the sale.

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I have had good results with this . It really helps to have a solid backing on the other side and a car buffer helps too .

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Meguiar-s...SABEgIca_D_BwE
I've used the same stuff. It worked very well. My windows were hazy and yellow, and I was considering replacing them. Then I found the bottle of Meguiars that they PO had left on the boat, so I tried it. I used a car wax sponge to wipe on and polished both sides by hand - didn't have to be particularly vigorous. The yellow sponge turned a mucky gray color, and the windows turned clear. I got the feeling that most of the discoloration was pollen that had stuck on and decayed to slime over time. That stuff even gets under the snap-on Sunbrella covers that we always use.

I can't guarantee OP's results, but if his dodger is less than 10 years old, he probably has some life left in it.
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Re: Removing the haze from Dodger windows

Not all clear vinyl is the same, as I understand it. Eisenglass, rolled vinyl, strataglass, etc. IIRC, strataglass has an outer layer that is different from it's core, which is why you can never polish it with an abrasive, which would remove this outer layer. I could be wrong, but that's what I've understood.

I had a canvas shop once say that the only thing one should ever use to clean clear vinyl is diluted vinegar and water. I did it for years, however, I hate the smell of vinegar, unless it's in food.

I now use the Strataglass cleaner in the spray bottle. Smells like coconut, which I'm sure is it's primary advantage. That and doing no damage, but I don't think it either cleans or protects better than the water-vinegar mix.

The primary advantage of applying a polish is that seawater will shed off better for about one hour after you apply it.


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Not all clear vinyl is the same, as I understand it. Eisenglass, rolled vinyl, strataglass, etc. IIRC, strataglass has an outer layer that is different from it's core, which is why you can never polish it with an abrasive, which would remove this outer layer. I could be wrong, but that's what I've understood.

I had a canvas shop once say that the only thing one should ever use to clean clear vinyl is diluted vinegar and water. I did it for years, however, I hate the smell of vinegar, unless it's in food.

I now use the Strataglass cleaner in the spray bottle. Smells like coconut, which I'm sure is it's primary advantage. That and doing no damage, but I don't think it either cleans or protects better than the water-vinegar mix.

The primary advantage of applying a polish is that seawater will shed off better for about one hour after you apply it.
Most manufacturers make both coated and un-coated. Strataglass (coated) and Crystal Clear 20/20 are from one maker, and O'Sea (coated) and Regalite are from another. The coating is polyurethane and does make buffing somewhat more difficult. The coating slightly increases abrasion resistance and stiffness (bad) and considerably increases resistance to internal fogging in damp weather.

Some of the cleaners dramatically improve beading and hence visibility in the rain for months. Starbrite ViewGuard is my favorite cleaner, Imar the best protectant, and I avoid compounding.

(I had test panels on my roof for 5 years, with 5 vinyl products and more than a dozen cleaners and polishes.)
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Re: Removing the haze from Dodger windows

my windows never turned yellow or discolored... they got scratched... and show dried salt at times from spray. The few times a year that I wipe them with pledge seems to show no effect on the material. Mine is going on 7 years... the cloth needs some tending to... not the plastic windows. The center window is designed to be removed (or flipped on top of the dodger). In summer it is rarely left in place except when it's raining. 99% of the *viewing* is through the center where there is nothing (panel removed) to get hazy or fogged. This is largely a non problem on our boat.

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