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Guage cluster plasic has scratches

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by ProtoJ, Jul 8, 2009.

  1. ProtoJ

    ProtoJ [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Both my Toyotas have very scratched plastic over the guages. I've always used a microfiber cloth to clean, but it seems like dust even scratches it. In bright sun, you can barely read the guages. I've tried Mother plastic polish, but that didn't work. Is there any product that will fill in these scratches and is anyone elses guages scratched to hell?
     
  2. fghtngsquirrel

    fghtngsquirrel Ka-freakin'-BOOM!

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    Mine have scratched bad on both of my Toyota's, my Matrix and Tacoma, so it might just be the plastic they use. Either way, it's very annoying. :confused:
     
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    The first time I cleaned mine they looked foggy and I thought WTF is with this cheap ass plastic they are using.

    Now I try to look on the bright side and figuring when I trade my truck next year they will be so scratched that I can paint on Really low odometer miles and they won't be the wiser :laugh:
     
  4. Untamed_SS

    Untamed_SS Stayed Up Too Late

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    My plastic thingy is scratched to hell as well. I would like to fix it, so I'm gonna check back.
     
  5. gjbonner

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    yeah ive had the same problem. noticed it after i cleaned em the first time.
     
  6. luk8272

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    Me too, same scratched lens. But I learned after my first gen, now I use the air in a can, same stuff used for computer key boards and such.
     
  7. fghtngsquirrel

    fghtngsquirrel Ka-freakin'-BOOM!

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    I'll have to try this... I feel dumb for not thinking about this before!
     
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    Mine are scratched too :(, I saw some plastic scratch remover at the store, wonder if it would work? Kind of like the stuff to refinish headlights?
     
  9. e-rok

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    I have used Brasso to polish my scratched up Ipod, It worked great for that. I wonder if this would work on the plastic on the guages as it seems much softer then the plastic on my Ipod.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brasso
     
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    Mine has scratches also.....and in places I would've never touched (I also use microfibres & I don't 'rub' either).

    Cheap quality stuff....they're just not made like they used to.
     
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    call me crazy but i bought a turtle wax headlight restoration kit a few weeks back to clear up my headlights, anyway my gauge cluster plastic was in terrible shape and i have tried many different things to clean it without much avail. so i tried the clarifying coumpound that came with the kit and the results were impressive, it is now crystal clear. i have to apoligize since i have no pics. to back it up, but at the time I wasn't thinking that anybody else would be having this problem. but it definitely made a huge difference in my case. hope this helps
     
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    I was wondering about using that stuff. Thanks for the input :D.
     
  13. ProtoJ

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    I bought this stuff called Quixx at Autozone today. I used it on the gauge plastic, stereo display, and time display. Basically you polish the plastic with a cloth and polish that the kit comes with and then wipe down the plastic with a damp micro fiber. It looks crystal clear now. About 95% of the scratches are completely gone! There was even a deep scratch on the stereo display that it removed completely.

    http://www.quixx-usa.com/
     
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    I have those annoying scratches too! I tried the Mequiars Plastix stuff and it did not work. Thanks for the 2 products mentioned, I am going to try it out too.
     
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    I'll have to try this stuff.
     
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    I'll have to try one of those. I hate those scratches.
     
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    I went down to Checkers in Hawaii and picked up a bottle of the Quixx and yes indeed alomst 95% of the scratches were removed......in the process however i was charged $15 for the bottle which also comes with a cloth and two sand papers.....i feel like i was raped!!!!!!!! Since i spent $15, i decided what the hell and see if it could also work on my tacoma '99 standard cab headlights......in the past i tried meguiar's platix and nothing, but with this Quixx, in a couple of minutes the oxidation came right off......for me, definitely worth the $15. Here are some pics of the headlights, its kinda dark right now for the gauges.

    1. the first pic is both headlights with only the passenger side cleaned
    2. the second pic is a close up of the cleaned head light
    3. the third pic is a close up of the uncleaned head light
    4. the last pic is the packaging for Quixx.



    BIg props to ProtoJ:)

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  18. Danzer

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    ^^^^ That made a big difference. I guess I'll get the Quixx brand. Thanks for the pics.
     
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