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Cleaning tinted HJC helmet visor with alcohol wipes

Is this doable or will it mess up the tint??
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Don't do it. There is no need. Best way to clean a visor is under a faucet with running water using a bit of dish or hand soap. Let the water soften the crud, then just work it out with your non-abrasive finger tips. Shake dry.

The problem with alcohol wipes is there's not enough fluid in them to soften any serious debris. They're fine for relatively clean visors, but if your visor is relatively clean you wouldn't be cleaning it. Best option is always a bathroom. Just pop it off and take it on a bathroom break. That's why all visors have quick release mechanisms.

Regarding the tint, the mirror finish on my HJC helmet completely fell off after a few months. I literally use it as a clear visor. HJC customer service never answered back so I won't be buying an HJC helmet again.
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Is this doable or will it mess up the tint??
I have a Schuberth C3 Pro with a drop down tinted sun visor and use rubbing alcohol in a small spray bottle (from Cohens Optical). I wipe clean with a microfiber cloth and have had no problems. Good to get off squashed bugs etc. Also use it for monitor screens, glasses, car windows etc. Some guys get bent out of shape when people use windex! Soapy warm water or course works perfectly fine.

If your visor can't handle diluted alcohol, how's it going to stand up to bugs, tar and bird poop?
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I had a Suomy helmet with a clear visor, that had a 'anti scratch' treatment. I was cleaning it regularly with a general purpose cleaner bought at the supermarket and this treatment degraded and the visor got blurred and hard to see through.

Now, I have a Shoei RF-1200 with two visors. So far I've used dish soap with plenty of water as Gable_Ninja said, but having to pop the visor and take it to the bathroom or kitchen is kind of annoying, so I have in my list to research for a visor safe product to do a quick clean.
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I have in my list to research for a visor safe product to do a quick clean.
I can recommend Chemical Guys Concentrated Signature Series Glass Cleaner (On Amazon it's about 16Oz @ 9$). It's ammonia free and designed to be fully compatible with tinted window films (which is just a thin and delicate plastic film). You can use straight but I normally dilute it at a ratio of 1:3 to 1:1. I buy the stuff by the gallon for general purpose use around the house or garage.

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On rides I use the windshield washer stuff at the gas station - I dip an edge of a paper towel into, then squeeze out the excess. Wipe off the visor and dry it with another. At home, I dampen a paper towel, lay it on the helmet & visor for a few minutes to allow it to soften up the bugs. Then I wipe it off & finish up with Windex. Taking the visor off to clean it would get real annoying real fast around here - rode for 4 1/2 hours yesterday and had to stop to clean my visor 3 times due to bug splatter (itís definitely a drawback of riding through farm country, but worth it).
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- rode for 4 1/2 hours yesterday and had to stop to clean my visor 3 times due to bug splatter (itís definitely a drawback of riding through farm country, but worth it).
I gets pretty gross when bugs splatter after they gorge themselves on roadkill :P
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