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meguiars Plastx

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by beastlytaco, Jul 11, 2009.

  1. Jul 11, 2009 at 7:34 PM
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    beastlytaco

    beastlytaco [OP] This is TW. One never knows what is a joke anymore

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    i tried this today on one of my customers cars today. on the headlights to be exact. and its didnt do jack sh#$ anybody got any clues as to why it didnt work? i was trying to save some money and not go for the restore kit unless i had to but now it looks like im gonna have to.
     
  2. Jul 11, 2009 at 7:35 PM
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    smallcandle

    smallcandle The clown has no penis...

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    I don't know about the Plastx, but I used the Restore Kit last week on my wife's 03 4Runner and now the headlights look brand new.
     
  3. Jul 11, 2009 at 7:37 PM
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    beastlytaco

    beastlytaco [OP] This is TW. One never knows what is a joke anymore

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    yeah i know those things really work. but this stuff doesnt do a thing
     
  4. Jul 11, 2009 at 7:42 PM
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    wildjerseyfirefighter

    wildjerseyfirefighter I sell fishing and fishing accessories

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    ive used it and it works great. Maybe you were doing it wrong?
     
  5. Jul 11, 2009 at 7:47 PM
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    beastlytaco

    beastlytaco [OP] This is TW. One never knows what is a joke anymore

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    how did you apply it? i went by the bottle. it didnt do anything except spread the haze around alittle. the abrasives in the chemical must only respond to certain types of plastics or something thats all i can figure.
     
  6. Jul 11, 2009 at 7:49 PM
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    wildjerseyfirefighter

    wildjerseyfirefighter I sell fishing and fishing accessories

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    I just dumped some on a rag, and rubbed till my arm felt like it was on fire, then kept going for a bit. Both sides took maybe 15 mins total, together.
     
  7. Jul 11, 2009 at 7:51 PM
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    beastlytaco [OP] This is TW. One never knows what is a joke anymore

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    so a combo of friction and time. ahhhh. that may be the ticket. ill give it a try. couldnt a power buffer work in this instance as well??
     
  8. Jul 11, 2009 at 8:04 PM
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    wildjerseyfirefighter

    wildjerseyfirefighter I sell fishing and fishing accessories

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    dunno..dont own one..lol
     
  9. Jul 12, 2009 at 7:13 AM
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    beastlytaco [OP] This is TW. One never knows what is a joke anymore

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    ill have to give that a try next time i use it then.
     
  10. Jul 12, 2009 at 8:16 PM
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    if you use a power tool make sure that you use it on a VERY low speed, LIGHT pressure, and keep it MOVING; in addition you better have the right type of backing plate as well as applicator. If you burn the plastic there is ABSOLUTELY no recourse except buying new.

    That Maquires stuff, as well as most others are simply very light polishing compounds - they REQUIRE that you do a little more than just rub it around.
    Also, they usually are not very effectual on plastics that need some real attention.
     
  11. Jul 12, 2009 at 8:18 PM
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    yeah i realized this again today. im just gonna have to go and buy a restore kit and use that.
     
  12. Jul 12, 2009 at 8:20 PM
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    i have used the plast-x and a mothers powerball mini with my cordless drill, and it did pretty well that way.
     
  13. Jul 12, 2009 at 8:22 PM
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    really? well i guess its me then. but these headlights on this car that im gonna do are really bad. ive already looked at them and i tried some yesterday on another cars headlights. it really didnt do anything. and if people are paying me for it. i want the job done well. know what i mean
     
  14. Jul 12, 2009 at 9:33 PM
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    If it's real bad, just use sand paper and get the oxidized layer off. Maybe start with 400 and go in increments to 2000 then polish. There are many good posts on the internet and utube showing how to do it.
     
  15. Jul 13, 2009 at 2:22 AM
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    get a mothers powerball mini worked good for my headlights. just used some cleaner wax and did both lights in under 5 minutes.
    [​IMG]
     
  16. Jul 13, 2009 at 2:34 AM
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    3m has something like that, its called the 3m perfect-it 3000. Its about 30 bucks for a quart of it. I discovered it at a body shop, the guy told me that it would clear my lights in about 3-4 tries.
     
  17. Jul 14, 2009 at 10:14 PM
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    Meguiar's makes a headlight restoration kit. 4" wool pad, drill adapter and plastX. Works pretty good for OTC. If you are looking for some else, check these out

    http://www.adamspolishes.com/p-430-adams-4-spot-pad-buffing-kit-new.aspx

    THey have the adaptor for the drill and a D/A polisher (porter cable 7424XP) plus, 4 of the pads in different cutting power. Put some of the plastX on the orange pad and have at a section. If it is working move on. If not, use the yellow pad and keep finishing down to the white pad. (black is for like waxes). Those headlights will look real nice. A good clay job will help the polishing step along nicely.
     
  19. Jul 25, 2009 at 6:57 AM
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    Check this out. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_t1RBw0IGXA worked great on my daughters Honda. They were yellow with hardly any light, after like brand new and clear as glass. It didn't work on my wife's Buick, but I think the yellow was on the inside. Tried the Plastx. That did nothing but was only $5 so I thought it was worth a shot. The 3M is about $20 on the internet. Didn't find it at the parts store.
     
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