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E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002)
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Old 09-22-2012, 06:25 PM
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Mein Auto: 2001 Z3 2.5i
Cool Brand-new plastic rear window care

My 2001 Z3 has a new top (EZ On) with a sewn-in plastic rear window. I drive the car all year round in the Blue Ridge Mountains, but I'd like to keep the window scratch-free as long as possible.

Morning heavy dew: I've always used a rubber squeegee on glass windows - will this scratch the plastic? (There may be dirt on the window) Better cleaning technique hint? Wet towel?

Winter frost: I'll try to cover the rear window before overnight frost can settle in. If I forget, however, it would appear there's no way to clear the frost without damaging the window.

Re folding down the top: one helpful hint was to wrap a fun noodle in a thick towel and place it in the space where the window folds, allowing the window to "wrap around" the noodle rather than form a crease. Anyone tried this?

Last edited by alcofribas; 09-22-2012 at 11:48 PM. Reason: wrong vehicle indicated in title
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Old 09-22-2012, 06:31 PM
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Wrong vehicle indicated: should be Z3

Z3, not Z4, with plastic rear window.
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Old 09-23-2012, 04:16 AM
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Do not wipe the window. It WILL scratch. Flush with water, then use a soft clean towel.

I use Mequairs Mirror Glaze Plastic Cleaner and Plastic Polish on ours.

http://www.meguiarsdirect.com/product_detail.do?q=4733

http://www.meguiarsdirect.com/product_detail.do?q=4728

This is used extensively on aircraft, where all the windows are plastic.
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Old 09-23-2012, 06:21 AM
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Do not wipe the window. It WILL scratch. Flush with water, then use a soft clean towel.

I use Mequairs Mirror Glaze Plastic Cleaner and Plastic Polish on ours.

http://www.meguiarsdirect.com/product_detail.do?q=4733

http://www.meguiarsdirect.com/product_detail.do?q=4728

This is used extensively on aircraft, where all the windows are plastic.
Thanks for the Meguiar's info!
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