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Usually during installation of an aircraft windshield or window the protective paper or latex coating is removed from the portion of the glass that is to go under a fairing or molding. Leaving the rest of the protective paper or coating on the windshield is an added protection from scratches or abrasions that can be had during the course of installation. If painting is to be done after installation then only the edge of the protective cover need be sealed with masking tape. After the windshield or window is installed and you are ready to remove the protective cover, time can be saved by pulling up sections of the cover and rolling it in a roll about an inch in diameter with the glue side out. Take this roll and roll it with a rolling pin action over the glass. This will pick up any glue residue that has been left. The removing of paper probably will leave the plastic with a static electrical charge which should be removed as it will attract all dust and dirt particles from the surrounding air, a wiping with a clean rag dampened with water will remove the electrical charge. Our cleaner, "Cee's Plastic Windshield Cleaner", is excellent for removing any adhesive residue. When sealing compounds such as 3M Weather-strip Adhesive have been used and have gotten on the plastic surface, a rag dampened with gasoline (DO NOT SMOKE DURING THIS PROCEDURE) may be used for such removal, however if gasoline is used to any extent over the plastic surface then the windshield or window should be immediately washed with warm water and a mild soap, "Tide", give a clean water rinse and chamois.

How to get the best service from your plexiglass
windshield and windows:


Flush off dust or dirt particles with water, work stubborn deposits off with fingers before wiping with chamois or clean cloth of soft texture. Don't let the helpful servicing mechanic dust or wipe your windshield previous to flushing dust or dirt particles, a wiping or cleaning without flushing may well turn into a scouring job in as much as a rag will pick up these particles and grind them into the plastic, these scratches may be very minute but in time they add up. Don't wipe the Plexiglass with a dry cloth as it loads the plastic with static electricity which attracts dust and dirt particles. For little dust on the windshield, leave it alone, clean your windshield only when you have time to do the job right. Very, dirty windshields may be washed with warm water and Tide soap, follow with a clean water rinse, chamois and apply Cee Bailey's Plastic Windshield Cleaner. Cee Bailey's Plastic Windshield Cleaner cleans, restores and preserves in one easy application. Ordinary outing flannel, makes the best polishing or cleaning cloth.


If aircraft is usually tied down and subject to the weather elements then make a cover for the windshield from layers of outing flannel or a flannel blanket. This covering will protect the windshield from the abrasion of dust or sand particles as kicked up by other aircraft prop wash or wind. Don't use a water proof protective cover, moisture from the air condenses and is trapped between the waterproof cover and the Plexiglass. This traps moisture and the heat from the sun can be a dangerous combination for the Plexiglass. When Plexiglass has been subjected to the above treatment and over a period of time it may turn slightly milky and is most usually followed by severe crazing.


Don't subject the Plexiglass to the fumes or vapor from acetone, ethyl acetate, toluene or lacquer thinner. Lacquer thinner as used for thinning dope or lacquer is very often the cause of minor to severe crazing in Plexiglass. For example an opened can of dope or lacquer just sitting in the closed cabin of an airplane for a period of hours is enough to cause severe crazing in all the Plexiglas. The resulting damage to Plexiglass from exposure to lacquer or its fumes does not make itself immediately apparent but will show up as crazing in a few days to a couple of months depending upon the concentration of the exposure. In painting with dope or lacquer it is imperative that the Plexiglass be covered and sealed from the fumes as well as the paint.


Keep your cabin ventilated when your airplane is parked in the hot sun. Cabin temperature when not ventilated can easily reach 160 to 200 degrees. The Plexiglass can take these temperatures innumerable time without apparent ill effect but these exposures do add up to a shortened service life for the windshields or windows. The use of Cee Shades Sun Shields will significantly reduce the internal temperature of the cabin, generally to a few degrees higher then the outside air temperature. The above information has been gathered in our most earnest endeavor to be of help to the private aircraft owner The foregoing represents opinions of ours, Cee Bailey's Aircraft Plastics Company and may or may not be substantiated by the manufacturers of Plexiglass.