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Gauges in 2009.. I'm pissed

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by jlvhrse, Oct 19, 2009.

  1. Oct 19, 2009 at 4:03 PM
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    jlvhrse

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    So, I was just sitting in my truck on my break and I noticed a few scratches on the plastic (or w/e it is) in front of my gauges (like where the speedometer is etc..). So, I took my fingernail and LIGHTLY went over one of the worst looking ones to see if it was really a scratch and my fingernail scratched it!!! Then I took my jacket, in disbelief that my fingernail could scratch it and tried to LIGHTLY rub it off and well, my jacket scratched it!!!!! Why in the world is my truck so cheap!? The paint is really easy to scratch, my windshield already has "chips" in it from nothing.. grrr

    Is there a way to clean these off or protect it to prevent future scratches? Or any ideas on replacing it all together? This is SO frustrating!!!! :mad:

    I mean I know this isn't a huge deal, but with looking at them after 3 months of being used (I don't even touch them that much!) I can't imagine what it will look like after a few years!
     
  2. Oct 19, 2009 at 4:10 PM
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    TacoTurd

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    Dunno what to say except they are all like that. It does suck :mad:
     
  3. Oct 19, 2009 at 4:11 PM
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    Rollinn

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    try Novus Polish kit, plastic polish and scratch remover kit 8oz. Its really good, should do the trick or at least make it much less noticeable.. :D





     
  4. Oct 19, 2009 at 4:11 PM
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    jlvhrse

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    Really? I mean in IMO this truck was not cheap, the least they could have done is not bulit it cheap!!! Grrr I'm soooo pissed about this...

    Thanks, Ill have to go try to find this stuff..
     
  5. Oct 19, 2009 at 4:12 PM
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    jandrews

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    No problems with them myself, but then all I've done with them is reset the oil-change meter once and dust them off with a swiffer cloth.

    How'd you scratch it in the first place?

    Best bet sounds like order new gauge plastic, and install it with a protective cover laminate of some kind.

    Or, you could disassemble, make a template, and whip you up some custom jobs out of something stronger like lexan if you have the tools/time.
     
  6. Oct 19, 2009 at 4:14 PM
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    jlvhrse

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    I havn't done anything to them! The worst is I may have cleaned them with glass cleaner and a paper towel when I washed my truck.. Other than that I don't even touch them except to reset my trip thingey.. That's why I'm so upset about it, they should not be that cheap!
     
  7. Oct 19, 2009 at 4:15 PM
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    jdkeller

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    Dont look at the guages. :) Easy fix.
     
  8. Oct 19, 2009 at 4:15 PM
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  9. Oct 19, 2009 at 4:16 PM
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    Haha! Thats a great idea! I mean who needs to know how fast their going or how much gas they have anyways!? :rolleyes: lol

    Yeah, but if I replace it will it scratch again over nothing?! Or maybe I could find something like what LaminX makes.. hhhmmmm
     
  10. Oct 19, 2009 at 4:18 PM
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  11. Oct 19, 2009 at 4:19 PM
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    Every car I have ever had in the last 10 years, the clear plastic over the gauges scratches unbelievably easy...def not just a tacoma thing.
     
  12. Oct 19, 2009 at 4:22 PM
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    I never had this problem in my 97' 4Runner.. then again I wasn't nearly as obsessed with it being perfect either..
     
  13. Oct 19, 2009 at 4:26 PM
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    OffroadToy

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    I know what ya mean! I've got to the point of only touching the plastic once a year. I use a can of air to get the dust off, then use plastic cleaner/scratch remover with a very soft damp rag...then wipe off. I've been useing rags made from old flannel sheets.
     
  14. Oct 19, 2009 at 4:28 PM
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    Hmmm, my 05 isn't like that...wtf? I'm sorry man :(
     
  15. Oct 19, 2009 at 4:31 PM
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    The air can is a good idea.. that and some scratch remover might satisify me

    Yea this is my first new vehicle and I have been pretty disapointed.. Don't think Ill ever buy new again, its made me insane. :rolleyes:

    Haha my dealership hates me because they scratched my headlight somehow and I took it in and told them I didn't want to see the scratches ever again or they were going to replace my headlight.. hehe :devil:
     
  16. Oct 19, 2009 at 4:31 PM
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    I actually cracked that clear plastic piece a tiny bit when I took it apart to do the "electrical tape over TPMS light mod".

    Moral of the story, I feel your pain. It gets better with time I promise.
     
  17. Oct 19, 2009 at 4:32 PM
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    mine doesnt scratch that easy at all. i took mine apart and stuff for when i did my gauge colors and put it back together and stuff twice and i dont have a single scratch....
     
  18. Oct 19, 2009 at 4:33 PM
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    Yeah, I wonder how long it will take me to stop freaking out about every little thing..

    WTF? That makes no sense..
     
  19. Oct 19, 2009 at 4:34 PM
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    which dealership is yours? Pearson I hope...
     
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