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Cluster getting scratched up

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by Jepn2233, Feb 27, 2018.

  1. Feb 27, 2018 at 7:08 PM
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    Jepn2233

    Jepn2233 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    what have you guys been using to clean your cluster? Seems like paper towels and microfiber towels scratch it up
     
  2. Feb 27, 2018 at 7:21 PM
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    shakerhood

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    I use a Swiffer Duster on it and it has not scratched
     
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  3. Feb 27, 2018 at 8:29 PM
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    rsimi72

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    Griot’s plastic polish removed nearly all of my scratches. It’s easier to remove the colored trim first by pulling firmly with your fingers. Makes access easier. Start with the radio trim then the cluster trim. Easy enough to do. Then be super gentle forever!
     
  4. Feb 27, 2018 at 8:33 PM
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    MESO

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    Our cluster plastic is notoriously soft. Some guys have bought a new replacement and put clear protector on it from the start. Microfibers even scratch it. My go-to is PLASTIX. Expensive but polishes light scratches right out.
     
  5. Feb 27, 2018 at 8:49 PM
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    eurowner

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    hiPSI

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    Lightly damp new microfiber. Have not scratched it yet.
    Never paper towels dry or wet.
     
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  7. Feb 27, 2018 at 9:03 PM
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    JMag

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    Try a sunglasses cleaning cloth. Like the ones that come with ray bans.
     
  8. Feb 27, 2018 at 11:17 PM
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    r1200gs4ok

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    i have already replaced mine...the day i replaced it, was using soft, new microfiber and got scratched again...i give up :annoyed: :censored:
     
  9. Feb 28, 2018 at 7:25 PM
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    KB Voodoo

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    Exracer2

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    Plexus is the BOMB. Been using it for years. I had Jeep soft top windows that you could barely make out shapes when looking through. Plexus and it was like new windows again. You could still see the scratches but it was clear again. Motorcycle windscreens same thing. Motorcycle painted plastic parts are slick as shit after and stay clean longer. Can you tell I like this stuff?
     
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    Spray it on and wipe it off with the softest cloth you own.

    NO PAPER TOWELS.

    And as general good practice, don't use paper towels on anything you'd like to see through.
     
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  13. Feb 28, 2018 at 8:05 PM
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    I like to blow off the larger debris first. Then very soft motions to flick off the rest. Only once I have the major abrasives removed do I proceed further. I usually give a light spray and wipe off the rest of the dirt and then spray again to polish it clean.

    If you can’t remove the crap first you end up grinding it into the plastic and scratching everything.
     
  14. Feb 28, 2018 at 8:09 PM
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    Novus products have been my friend. Got them years ago for working with plexiglass and continued to use for old convertible rear windows, headlights, etc. As far as I am aware there are three stages available. Awesome stuff.

    EDIT: LOL, looks like beerpayzdabillz beat me to it.
     

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