Originally Posted by zboss
Well, think about it this way... you are not really making the panel shine you are making it clear. What reflects is the silicon crystal. Like when you polish old car headlights... the headlight works better after removing the haze from the plastic.
Exactly Zboss , I couldn't agree with you more.
Which doesn't neccesairely mean the above is correct
The idea has also been brought up that polishing the panel could of caused too much heat.
Well , not the case !
I took care of adding drupes of water
whilst polishing , that way you reduce the friction and creating of heat.
And about heat and these solar panels
, I can tell you they heat up quite substantially in the sun , more than polishing does.
I also took care to place the panel on top of a fairly soft under layer. In Fact it's the same stuff they use to pack these panels as a protection.
You can just see that coming from under the edges on one of the pics.
Still not out of the woods though.
thing is that I left two panels as they were , hazy , and also dirty , sand and so on. These performed the same as the panel I cleaned & de- greased ( but not polished) and of course better than the polished one.
I know many will think I took the wrong panel to start with , but I'm sorry I just don't buy that.