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There is a product "Scratch Out" available from Wal-Mart.  It's in a yellow, plastic bottle found in the automotive section.  This is "unbelievable" stuff on Lexan.  It removes fine line, haze like scratches, mineral spots and bug junk from  just about anything.  Leaves the surface really clean (need to put wax or whatever you use back on if it's a painted surface). First product I've found that works this good.
Jim Mc Mahon
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Virginia & Florida

I always have my share of bugs on my X-Air..... what i do is soak a towel with warm water and lay it over the affected part...... leave there for a couple of hours and give the bugs a good soaking, this softens them up and makes then really easy to remove with a soft cloth. Using this method is great on the windscreen because it stops the Lexan from getting scratched.  Hope it helps.... any other methods out there ??
Best Wishes,    Michael Coates
Sydney, Australia.  Home of the 2000 Olympics
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I agree whole heartedly with Michael about using the wet towel soak on the lexan windshield.  It does not take much to scratch them up to a haze.  For the rest of the bug-guts areas I would suggest using PLEDGE (lemon) furniture polish.  It cuts thru it quite well and leaves a barely visible wax film which makes all later cleanings that much easier.  This is available in the U.S., but not sure about Oz.  I'm certain an Oz equivalent exists.  Make sure it has the lemon in it because it seems to cut the stuff better.
KZ Zigaitis
St. Louis, MO 
I use Simple Green mixed 50-50 with water, and the bugs come off my prop easily. I've never had any problems with bugs on my wings, so don't know how well it removes them from dacron. (maybe my 35 mph Weedhopper isn't fast enough for the bugs, and they can outrun it :)
I also keep my prop well waxed, so stuff wipes off easily with plain water as well. (I use Tech 2000 protectant from Wal Mart)
Mike Schweim

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  • Biodegradable and non-toxic
  • None Abrasive and non-flammable
  • Safer alternative to hazardous chemicals and solvents
  • Exempt from OSHA and EPA special handling and personal protection requirements for hazardous materials

Concentrated, water-based cleaner/degreaser contains blend of synthetic, high-grade penetrants activated by cold/hot water. Custom dilute for special cleaning. For use in broad range of applications including dip tanks., "Clear green" liquid has mild pH of 9.3 to 9.5 and a pleasant sassafras scent. Contains no petroleum. USDA authorized.

Les Wilson

Editors Note:

Make sure you keep Simple Green away from aluminum.  It is corrosive and causes hydrogen imbrittlement.  They have a new aviation approved product, Extreme Simple Green for Aviation that is safe on aluminum.  See their website for details.

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