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Old March 16th, 2005, 12:50 PM
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Soft top plastic windows

I have on my D-90 soft top window some residue from clear packing tape. It has left behind a streak which I am not sure how to remove. I did a search and see that people have used stuff from Janvil.com who have a 3 part process and Maguires #18 clear plastic polish. My issue is not scratched, hazy plastic windows, but a non-sticky tape streak.

Ideas on how to remove it without trashing the plastic window?
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Old March 16th, 2005, 01:01 PM
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Old March 16th, 2005, 02:00 PM
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Years back I started using Pledge for regular cleaning of plastic windows. This cleans well without scratching, unlike a wash mit or sponge. The maguires does work well for removing scratches.

Unrelated, but for what its worth the goo gone worked real well in removing the old seal when I changed out my vents seals to Series III style.
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Old March 16th, 2005, 02:03 PM
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If I can interject/hijack with a related question, without starting a new thread?
I did a search and couldn't believe I didn't find any info.
The other day I was digging around through my fastback top, parts to look for an answer for someone in a recent thread. When I unfolded the top there was a kink in the back window, when I straightened it out it cracked....Son of a .....!
Should I try Land Rover(bling)? Or maybe try an upholstery shop and see if they could sew in a new piece of plastic (something like the famous Art Vigil drop curtain window)?

any help would be greatly appreciated.

(sorry for hijacking paul, mom says hi )
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Old March 16th, 2005, 02:08 PM
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A reputable restoration shop experienced in working with convertible tops should be of some help (Some places just do top replacement). Many times a new plastic window can be resewn in. Sort of like when Badger rebuilds the Tickford tops, new windows are installed.
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Old March 18th, 2005, 12:30 AM
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Try an upolstery shop - or even a boat shop (lots of canvas tops with plastic windows on boats). I've a rear window off the full top I need to fix.
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Old March 22nd, 2005, 12:30 PM
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Or, if the crack isn't too large, you could just place your favorite sticker over it to keep it from spreading. Low tech, but works for me.
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Old March 22nd, 2005, 01:22 PM
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That's a damn good idea, Keith!
A d-90 Source sticker ought to fit about right.... Time to go to the Source store.

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Old March 22nd, 2005, 08:58 PM
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I had a trim shop quote $100 per window to replace and re-sow them in. That seemed a little on the pricey side to me, but the bottom line is that just about any upholstry shop (auto or boat) can handle window replacement.
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