Shield Care & Cleaning (all models, all shields)
Cleaning: HJC does not recommend cleaning any shield with spray on type chemical cleaners. A reaction between shield and cleaning chemical is possible, resulting in haze build-up and distortion. HJC recommends washing the shield with warm water and soft cloth only. We also recommend cleaning the shield as soon as possible after dirt and debris have accumulated. Do not let debris sit on the shield for any extended period of time. If debris has accumulated over time, it is recommended to clean the shield in several applications. This allows the debris to break down with every application. Excessive rubbing can lead to scratching as the hard debris can act as a scuffing agent. The same can occur if low grade rigid paper towels are used.
Anti-Fog Inserts: After market anti-fog inserts such as Fog City and HJTech Anti-Fog can work very well with HJC flat (2D) shields. These inserts are not recommended for use with standard HJC 3 dimensional (3D) shields due to their double curvature shape which could cause a distortion in vision. Follow the installation instructions diligently.
Rain-X & Other Products: Applying RainX or other water dispersing type chemicals work well on HJC shields (except RST mirrored shields) if applied on new shields and if the chemical companies directions are followed diligently. Always use extremely soft and clean cloths for applications.
HJC anti-fog treated shields (HJ-09): HJC’s anti-fog treated shields are anti-fog coated both on the inside and hard coated outside. When first using the anti-fog HJ-09, you must activate the anti-fog by breathing directly on to the shields interior surface. The shield will partially fog, once the fog clears it is activated. You will notice if you breath on the shields again, it remains fog free. All anti fog coatings are a chemical treatment and will wear off in time.
RST Mirrored Shields: HJC does not recommend using any chemical products on our RST mirrored shields as they will degrade the mirror finish. For cleaning, we recommend washing the shield with warm water and soft cloth only. We also recommend cleaning the shield as soon as possible after dirt and debris have accumulated. Do not let debris sit on the shield for any extended period of time. If debris has accumulated over time, it is recommended to clean the shield in several applications. This allows the debris to weaken and break up with every application. Excessive rubbing can lead to scratching as the hard debris will act as a scuffing agent.
Note: We have been testing RaceWipes® on all our regular and RST shields for 3 months (approximately 5 cleanings). So far the results have been very good using the cleaning techniques mentioned above on all our clear, smoke, amber, and RST shields.
2D / 3D Shields (What’s the Difference): 2D shields are primarily used for racing purposes as they only have a single horizontal curvature, allowing tear-off films to be stretched across the main surface without warping. The more standard 3D shield has both horizontal and vertical vertical curvatures.
Tear-Off “Racing” Films: HJC recommends Paulson TA-1, Racing Optics 7201, or Rose Racing 1018’s. Using more than 3 tear-offs might cause visual distortion.