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Future windshield dip does work well

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  • Member since
    August, 2012
Future windshield dip does work well
Posted by JMorgan on Sunday, September 17, 2017 2:47 PM

I dipped car windshield into a bath of 'Future' and it turned out well. I worried that the larger area might run, but no. It is good not only for the shine, but also to protect any state license decals you might have on it. 

  • Member since
    May, 2009
  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Sunday, September 17, 2017 4:00 PM


Some people are against this procedure, but for me it works well - especially on canopies that I had to modify, then polish - that future dip gives them an extra shine.

Some people have problems with future peeling off the clear styrene. Don't know what causes it, and it's fixable - but if that happens it kinda defeats the purpose...

It's also worth noting, that future dipping protects your canopy against super glue frosting.

Hope it helps, have a nice day


All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

  • Member since
    December, 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Sunday, September 17, 2017 4:33 PM

I've taken to dipping all my canopies. I do it at the start of the build to leave them to dry properly before masking. Never had a problem with it peeling if left long enough.

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  • Member since
    September, 2014
Posted by rooster513 on Sunday, September 17, 2017 6:37 PM

I've tried this several times but always seem to get some pooling in the corners and not a uniform coverage. This is even after wicking the extra away and setting it on a paper towel to dry. Any ideas?


  • Member since
    September, 2003
  • From: Chesapeake VA
Posted by out04 on Sunday, September 17, 2017 8:42 PM
You can try moving to different (dry) spots on the paper towel to allow more to wick away.
  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Monday, September 18, 2017 8:41 AM

I find when I try to use it to protect canopies, that it works by the CA frosting the future  coating on the canopy.  Then you have to dissolve the future away to get rid of the CA and frost.  If the frosting is from the CA that I glue the canopy on with, I often do not have access to the interior of the canopy to wash the future off there.

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

  • Member since
    September, 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Monday, September 18, 2017 9:52 AM

And, Don, it doesn't even have to be the C A that the canopy was glued on with. It could be the CA that was used to glue the landing gear doors on with.

As for pooling, I try to keep an eye on things for an hour or so, wicking off buildup with a torn corner of paper towel. Not 100% reliable.


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