March 2009 Issue
Whats the Best Way to Restore Clear Plastic Windows?
Practical Sailor tests 27 products that clean, restore, and polish soft vinyl boat windows.
Preserving a clear view through clear plastic on dodgers or enclosures is one of the most challenging tasks in boat maintenance. Restoring a vinyl window is almost impossible, but that doesnít stop the tide of products that claim to make this job easy. Practical Sailorís eisenglass cleaners test looks at 27 products touted primarily as cleaners or treatments for vinyl windows. The test products were divided into type: cleaners, scratch repairers, polish protectants, and UV protectants. After a week of testing, we found Imar Strataglass Protective Cleaner and Imar Strataglass Protective Polish, distributed by Defender Industries, to be the Best Choice. Collinite No. 845 Insulator Wax and Mer-Maids Plexiglass Plastic Cleaner and Polish were the Budget Buys. The test also included products from the following manufacturers: 303, 3M, Aquatech, Armada, Davies, Marykate, Meguiarís. Mothers, Novus, Plexus, Sailorís Solutions, Star brite, Turtle Wax, West Marine, and Yacht Brite.
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