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Remove and replace your scratched up instrument cluster plexiglass

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by Blazingbluesport, Jul 30, 2017.

  1. Aug 9, 2019 at 3:37 PM
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    JeffB

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    Ok, I need more info please.
    I looked up the 3M stuff and it looks great, but they show it for doing front ends,side windows and whole cars.
    Did you have to or try to polish the old lens before putting on?
    Were you that unhappy with the results on the old lens and just went to new?

    How did you get a piece or two for your speedo?
    I could not find a way to buy some.

    I am also tired of looking at scratched a lens.

    Thanks for any help, and have a Great weekend!
     
  2. Aug 9, 2019 at 3:54 PM
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    Yes the film is designed for the exterior of vehicles. A friend who is an installer gave me a tiny piece to try and I liked how it adhered to the old lens I had.

    I ordered a small roll on eBay for $25. Got some soapy water, an exacto knife, a heat gun and some patience.

    Once I felt comfortable with the results I went ahead and bought a brand new lens and applied the film.

    You don’t necessarily need to use the same film I used. There are others who have used different clear films for the exterior with good results.
     
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  3. Aug 9, 2019 at 4:21 PM
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    Thank you,

    I like 3m just because they probably perfected it.

    Do you have the link for EBAY?

    How much did you pay for a new lens?

    I have a 17 also.
     
  4. Aug 9, 2019 at 7:20 PM
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    Pm sent
     
  5. Aug 21, 2019 at 11:13 AM
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    Thank you for this post !!! Followed the directions and everything went perfectly. Part cost $32.00 from the dealer.
     
  6. Aug 21, 2019 at 12:07 PM
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    Mine shipped yesterday. Going to put XPel on it, install it and put this issue behind me.
     
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  7. Aug 21, 2019 at 12:20 PM
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    I'm going to try this method out. Have a feeling it's going to be hit or miss with a local shop(s) as far as pricing goes. I wouldn't mind paying $30-50 bucks but I feel like anything more than that it's just not worth it

    You applying the xpel yourself or having a shop do it?
     
  8. Aug 21, 2019 at 2:54 PM
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    Me. Practice on the old one first. Not even opening the box on the new one until I AM SURE that I can do it. if I can't, take it to an installer. We went to the moon 50 years ago, but we can't make a facia that won't scratch?
     
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  9. Aug 21, 2019 at 3:38 PM
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    lmao right. cheap production costs for ya. post up what you order as far as the xpel goes, I might try the same thing
     
  10. Aug 23, 2019 at 6:08 PM
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    Could I have the info also? My dad is obsessed with inrerior dust and decided to clean my truck when we were gone. Bezel is scratched to fubar
     
  13. Aug 28, 2019 at 4:03 AM
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    Part arrived. Now, triage this in to the hierarchy of all the other things I dream of getting done. Lift parts, out there in the shop, uninstalled. KO2's sitting out there, uninstalled. Hood scoop light, same. Under-hood lighting, same. All, eventually.
     
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  14. Aug 28, 2019 at 5:08 AM
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    https://www.amazon.com/Nikon-Black-...ocphy=9009399&hvtargid=pla-569552177214&psc=1
    I use a photo/astronomy/microscopy lens-cleaning pen on mine. Gets it clean, fills minor scratches, cheap, easy.

    Keep it simple, I say.

    That said, the pen is not a hammer, chisel, or air-hammer you ham-fisted clod: ie, don't stab the bezel. Just extend the retractable brush end, lightly brush to loosen debris, blow it out. Only use the other end if you've got something stuck on the bezel.

    My pen goes in a Zip-Loc bag, along with a plush microfiber buffing rag, and lives under the back seat with a roll of shop towels.
     
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  15. Aug 28, 2019 at 7:55 AM
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    I have one from Celestron and you are totally correct on this one. Keep it simple. That brush would work most of the time. Didn’t think of that
     
  16. Aug 28, 2019 at 8:07 AM
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    This is what I did. Seemed to remove all of them and now looks perfect.
     
  17. Aug 28, 2019 at 8:11 AM
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    Where'd you end up ordering the xpel from? Link?
     
  18. Aug 29, 2019 at 5:08 PM
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    Thanks so much! I had the same exact issue. Now i know the solution. AIR only
     
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    871352A6-F583-4D60-B44E-9CBCFCA2F105.jpg Do you have any pics of the gauge faces? I want to continue the stripe into the cluster. Then do the gauge faces white. This is what I have so far.0E3844D1-01A8-4C5C-B090-9DE52600D72A.jpg How is the clear attached to the...bezel...I guess it’s called?
     

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