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Best way to clean gauge cluster plastic?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by fjm0008, Feb 1, 2011.

  1. Feb 1, 2011 at 11:23 AM
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    fjm0008

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    There are so many different answers on Google I can't figure out what to use. Has anyone cleaned theirs and had good success without scratching? Mine is dirty and not just dust and needs to be cleaned. Thanks.
     
  2. Feb 1, 2011 at 11:51 AM
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    I use a "micro-fiber" towel that I moisten with warm-water and dot of Dawn liquid soap...gently clean plastic and avoid circular motion...immediately dry off with dry micro-fiber towel...I've had good luck with this...don't use Windex and don't use a terry cloth towel/washcloth...mild non-abrasive detergent is key!!
     
  3. Feb 1, 2011 at 12:10 PM
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    Like he said .... micro-fiber....... you may not need any cleaner ........ I've done without and it works.
     
  4. Feb 1, 2011 at 12:22 PM
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    Like others have posted, use microfiber cloth. Be careful cause the plastic is really easy to scratch.
     
  5. Feb 1, 2011 at 1:30 PM
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    RainDodger

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    If you do get scratches in there, there are plastic cleaner/polishes out there that work well and don't scratch. Motorcycle shops have good stuff for bike windshields. I use Plexus spray, but McGuiar's makes plastic cleaner, as do others.
     
  6. Feb 1, 2011 at 1:38 PM
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    Sand paper and laundry detergent!
     
  7. Feb 1, 2011 at 1:41 PM
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    Be careful not to make eye contact either. The plastic scratches if you look at it wrong.
     
  8. Feb 1, 2011 at 1:42 PM
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    I've seen this happen
     
  9. Feb 1, 2011 at 1:43 PM
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  10. Feb 1, 2011 at 1:44 PM
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    Correction...A drill mounted wire wheel
     
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    Edit: I think macgyver is watching me ↑
     
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    I use McGuire's Plast-X with a micro fiber towel. Works great. I also use it to polish headlights and tail lights. makes them look great.
     
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    I am, I built a camera out of a campbell's soup can, some toothpaste, and electrical tape that I placed above your computer :spy:
     
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    Found it now I'm gonna use to clean my gauge cluster :D
     
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    if you frequent detailing forums you'll learn that cheap microfibers can actually induce scratches, even though they feel soft.

    a high quality microfiber and a high quality protectant cleaner or instant detailer should be all you need. it will help keep any dirt or particles left over during cleaning from scratching during wiping.

    high quality MF - http://www.autogeek.net/mango-breeze-microfiber-towels.html

    premium protectant cleaner - http://www.autogeek.net/optimum-opti-clean-cleaner.html or http://www.autogeek.net/optimum-instant-detailer-17oz.html
     
  16. Feb 1, 2011 at 2:03 PM
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    X2. Worked great when I was tinting my tails. Gonna start using it on heads and tails once the weather warms up.;)
     
  18. Feb 2, 2011 at 7:12 AM
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    Sandpaper, wire brush, laundry detergent and don't look at it directly. Thanks for the humor. I already use all of these to wash the outside so I don't need to buy anything additional. (put it in cheap mods?) I think I will try the micofiber, warm water and non abrasive soap and if it does not work I will break out the Makita cordless drill with the grinding wheel. If I can't produce enough heat I have the dremel for a backup.
     
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    I just use my sunglass cleaning cloth. I keep it in the sunglass compartment. The key is to wipe it down often so the dust doesn't build up too much.
     
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