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    Restore oxidized windshield. Rubbing compound? Wetsand?

    I have a 2004 R-12X. In the off season I'm patching some gelgoat dings. To make it easier to buff the white gelcoat up top, I've taken both front side panels off. I also popped the windshield off, thinking that would make it easier to do a proper clean and polish.

    On closer inspection, the windshield is rather severely oxidized. On the side near the gas cap, there are some small cracks almost like tiny tempered glass cracks. I don't feel the cracks, so I fear that the windshield is either "tempered" or perhaps made by laminating thin sheets together.

    The easiest thing, of course, is just going to clean it properly, then buff it with a plastic polish or wax. And, given that the ski is 16 years old and will never look showroom shiny, that's probably going to be good enough.

    But if I were to attack the oxidation or the "tempered glass cracks," what would be the best approach?

    Do I dare wetsand the smokey windshield? Will rubbing compound be too aggressive? Has anybody tried such a thing?

    For the record, I succeeded in sanding out deep scratches from the plastic on top of my LCD display on a different ski. I took an approach very similar to restoring plastic headlights. Before I took sandpaper and elbow grease to that display plastic, there were times (when the sun hit just right) that I couldn't make out a single value from the LCD screen, so "I had nothing to lose." The windshield, on the other hand, is "okay," meaning there's a lot more room for me to make things worse. The enemy of "good" is "better," so to speak.

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    The shield on my wife's Fxho is smoked and looked like what you describe. The cracks are inside the plastic, caused by the sun. I used a red scotchbrite to fully remove oxidation then buffed it out. Looks good.
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