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#123783 - 04/19/13 03:59 AM Pledge for windshields
Chris172pilot Offline
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Registered: 09/03/12
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Loc: NY
Hi, anybody ever heard of using a touch of spray-on furniture polish, Pledge, on the windshields to aide in the beading up and dispersal of water?
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#123787 - 04/19/13 04:31 AM Re: Pledge for windshields [Re: Chris172pilot]
KevinMcP Offline
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You take her out in the rain?
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#123794 - 04/19/13 06:38 AM Re: Pledge for windshields [Re: KevinMcP]
vettdvr Offline
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No.. I am not sure about chemical reactions. I use optical plastic leaner made for boats from west marine. Cost about $1.50/oz but works well.
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#123795 - 04/19/13 06:44 AM Re: Pledge for windshields [Re: vettdvr]
KevinMcP Offline
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Just apply a good quality wax. It'll be fine. I try to avoid flying in the rain when I am not working.
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#123797 - 04/19/13 06:47 AM Re: Pledge for windshields [Re: vettdvr]
Willie Offline
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Registered: 12/28/10
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We had a discussion on this last year and a lot use Pledge furnature polish
I wonder if it would not leave a residue that would retain dust
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#123805 - 04/19/13 08:08 AM Re: Pledge for windshields [Re: Willie]
elliot172 Offline
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Registered: 08/07/11
Posts: 608
Loc: Trinidad,co
IMHO I don't think it would be a good idea to use a furniture wax for an airplane window. The reason being is that no matter how great or clear the wax is some residue will remain. It will get worked down mainly into the micro scratches that are on all windows. It is exactly like your car headlights. The residue from the wax will eventually become cloudy with age and your window will become oxidized in appearance. The only way to repair it from that point is to sand the surface down below the oxidation and use a sealer designed for plastic to restore the proper clarity. It may be more expensive, but I would stick to using cleaners and waxes designed for aircraft windscreens.

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#123806 - 04/19/13 08:14 AM Re: Pledge for windshields [Re: Chris172pilot]
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Registered: 08/23/11
Posts: 1988
Loc: Leander, TX
There was a discussion of various ways to clean the windshield here.
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#123862 - 04/19/13 07:19 PM Re: Pledge for windshields [Re: Chris172pilot]
Don Tedrow Offline
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Registered: 07/16/10
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Loc: Bastrop, TX
Tech Note #42 at the Cessna Pilot's Association recommends Lemon Pledge for aircraft windshields. John Frank, the founder and executive director of same says he's tried them all and found nothing better in 45 years. YMMV, but it works just fine for me.
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#123863 - 04/19/13 07:30 PM Re: Pledge for windshields [Re: Don Tedrow]
Jim_1 Offline
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Registered: 04/06/11
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Loc: ON, Canada
Now that's interesting. When I bought my plane 4 years ago, the owner gave me a full can of pledge and swore it was the absolute best thing for cleaning the windshield. It does work fantastic
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#123865 - 04/19/13 07:36 PM Re: Pledge for windshields [Re: Jim_1]
elliot172 Offline
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Registered: 08/07/11
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Loc: Trinidad,co
I did hear that pledge is great for keeping ice off wings. I am not sure if I would want to be experimenting with it without more information though.

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#123882 - 04/20/13 05:19 AM Re: Pledge for windshields [Re: elliot172]
vettdvr Offline
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Originally Posted By: elliot172
I did hear that pledge is great for keeping ice off wings. I am not sure if I would want to be experimenting with it without more information though.


Ice.. no ice way down south here.. but lots of smashed bugs.... that's how we gave the 172 the name "Bug Smasher" when I was in the military. Pledge might make it easier to get the bugs off.
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#123899 - 04/20/13 08:13 AM Re: Pledge for windshields [Re: vettdvr]
Big Sky 172 Offline
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Registered: 06/14/12
Posts: 24
Loc: Montana/Utah
I bought my plane from a retired Delta pilot with 32,000 hrs. in his log book. (4000 of them in a 172). The plane came with a can of Lemon Pledge. He said he has never found anything that worked any better.

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#123964 - 04/20/13 06:59 PM Re: Pledge for windshields [Re: Big Sky 172]
Jim_1 Offline
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Registered: 04/06/11
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Loc: ON, Canada
I have used it for several years. no haze, crystal clear, seems to eliminate small scratches and scuffs from your vision.
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#124931 - 04/27/13 11:18 PM Re: Pledge for windshields [Re: Chris172pilot]
D Latch Offline
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Registered: 07/15/10
Posts: 113
Loc: Upland,Ca.
Pledge will eventually go away. Rejex works very well for about 4-6months. It also makes bug removal easier. I clean my windows with distilled water (no water spots). Then wipe off with a micro fiber towel. Buy a very good spray bottle and you will be happy and it is cheap.

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#124954 - 04/28/13 08:08 AM Re: Pledge for windshields [Re: vettdvr]
Curious1 Offline
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Registered: 03/12/13
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Loc: Pacific NW, USA
Originally Posted By: vettdvr
[quote=elliot172]
.. lots of smashed bugs.... that's how we gave the 172 the name "Bug Smasher" when I was in the military. Pledge might make it easier to get the bugs off.


I buy pledge by the case to spray down the wings after spring/summer flights when "Bug Smashing" is in season. It works well getting bug body parts and dried bug guts off the airframe. I don't use it on the windsheild unless I've emptied my can of plexiglass cleaner/plexiglass wax.
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#126809 - 05/10/13 04:32 PM Re: Pledge for windshields [Re: Curious1]
elliot172 Offline
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Registered: 08/07/11
Posts: 608
Loc: Trinidad,co
I talked to the new owner of my FBO who is also Doss Aviations Senior A&P IA about using pledge. He said he has heard of people using it, but highly recommends against it. He said that using a house hold product such as pledge allows an aircraft to build up a static charge around the aircraft during flight. He said that the static charge could interfere with aircraft electronics and radios and could even damage them in more extreme cases where products made for aircraft prevent static charge. Just FYI.

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#126810 - 05/10/13 04:45 PM Re: Pledge for windshields [Re: elliot172]
Damon Offline
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Registered: 01/07/13
Posts: 14
Loc: Albuquerque, NM
Interesting... hadn't thought of the static charge issue!

Tried some pledge wipes on our rear-side windows (which were pretty cloudy) and they do look great, but static can be a huge issue.

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#126811 - 05/10/13 05:11 PM Re: Pledge for windshields [Re: elliot172]
Ward Holbrook Offline
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Registered: 03/26/10
Posts: 2436
Loc: Kaysville, Utah
Originally Posted By: elliot172
I talked to the new owner of my FBO who is also Doss Aviations Senior A&P IA about using pledge. He said he has heard of people using it, but highly recommends against it. He said that using a house hold product such as pledge allows an aircraft to build up a static charge around the aircraft during flight. He said that the static charge could interfere with aircraft electronics and radios and could even damage them in more extreme cases where products made for aircraft prevent static charge. Just FYI.

But it smells really nice.

Seriously, the best thing for cleaning aircraft windows is pharmaceutical grade dihydrogen monoxide and a clean microfiber cloth. And the price is certainly right.

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#127126 - 05/14/13 11:25 AM Re: Pledge for windshields [Re: Ward Holbrook]
vettdvr Offline
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Registered: 06/24/10
Posts: 7724
Loc: Slidell La
Originally Posted By: Ward Holbrook
Originally Posted By: elliot172
I talked to the new owner of my FBO who is also Doss Aviations Senior A&P IA about using pledge. He said he has heard of people using it, but highly recommends against it. He said that using a house hold product such as pledge allows an aircraft to build up a static charge around the aircraft during flight. He said that the static charge could interfere with aircraft electronics and radios and could even damage them in more extreme cases where products made for aircraft prevent static charge. Just FYI.

But it smells really nice.

Seriously, the best thing for cleaning aircraft windows is pharmaceutical grade dihydrogen monoxide and a clean microfiber cloth. And the price is certainly right.


Well dah.. I use that doctor grade superradiatedhydorginatedbroxiatedthingamaggiestuff and a micro fiber cloth too?!
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#127748 - 05/19/13 08:25 PM Re: Pledge for windshields [Re: vettdvr]
bigbluefan Offline
Safety Pilot

Registered: 12/10/10
Posts: 24
Loc: Kentucky
My instructor told me to use Pledge on the plane I thought he was joking, until I saw get it out and spray it on the window haha. He said it is the best thing for bugs.

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#129271 - 05/30/13 08:32 PM Re: Pledge for windshields [Re: bigbluefan]
Russ Farris Offline
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Registered: 08/15/10
Posts: 149
Loc: Charlotte, NC
"I talked to the new owner of my FBO who is also Doss Aviations Senior A&P IA about using pledge. He said he has heard of people using it, but highly recommends against it. He said that using a house hold product such as pledge allows an aircraft to build up a static charge around the aircraft during flight. He said that the static charge could interfere with aircraft electronics and radios and could even damage them in more extreme cases where products made for aircraft prevent static charge. Just FYI."

Well...I think if this was a genuine problem, it would be well known by now. I'm sure your IA means well.

Been using Pledge for 40 years now. I use it on my '57 172, which still has the original windshield. Russ Farris


Edited by Russ Farris (05/30/13 08:32 PM)

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#129276 - 05/30/13 09:15 PM Re: Pledge for windshields [Re: Russ Farris]
Nintendo Pilot Offline
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Registered: 05/22/11
Posts: 1744
Loc: Utah
I pledge to continue using Pledge! No static at all... FM. Bet there are even a few of you who know that song.
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#132622 - 06/20/13 04:21 PM Re: Pledge for windshields [Re: Nintendo Pilot]
Damon Offline
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Registered: 01/07/13
Posts: 14
Loc: Albuquerque, NM
Follow up here: after being super-impressed with the job Pledge wipes did with the rear windows, I've applied to the rest. I'm a true believer.

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#132623 - 06/20/13 04:48 PM Re: Pledge for windshields [Re: Damon]
Cessna Dude Offline
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Registered: 10/21/09
Posts: 6628
Loc: San Antonio, TX
I'd heard a number of people recommend Pledge for their windshields and tried it myself maybe three years ago. It does do a very good job in my opinion. And cheap too.

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#132638 - 06/20/13 07:29 PM Re: Pledge for windshields [Re: Cessna Dude]
Nintendo Pilot Offline
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Registered: 05/22/11
Posts: 1744
Loc: Utah
Lemon!
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