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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. Jul 9, 2022 at 2:49 PM
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    baltimorebirds2

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    I wouldn’t doubt it at all. My first gen tundra didn’t have any scratching issues like this truck does, it might’ve had some sort of hardened plastic resistant to scratches. Could’ve been some sort of tempered glass too but I don’t think it was.

    It’s a damn shame manufacturers are cheaping out on things like this. I can probably speak for the majority of us by saying that we would be willing to pay a little more for higher quality (mostly chintzy, cheap plastic interior pieces) parts from the get go then pay just a little bit less. But sometimes things are solely in the name of cutting costs, is what it is.
     
  2. Jul 9, 2022 at 2:57 PM
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    I was having trouble like you same thing until i removed it from the truck put on the screen protector which it had a lot of bubbles. Then left it to beat in direct sunlight for a day took out 99% actually looks great
     
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  3. Jul 9, 2022 at 3:19 PM
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    Also, does anyone know the difference between part numbers 8385204F00 and 8385204J70 ? I ordered part #8385204J70, but just wanted to make sure it wasn’t the wrong one… they both are identical in price and documentation, just different numbers.

    @Jeff Lange
     
  4. Jul 11, 2022 at 4:04 PM
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    83852-04F00 appears to be Canada-spec for certain models.
    83852-04J70 is for US-spec and some Canada-spec models.

    Jeff
     
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  5. Jul 19, 2022 at 2:54 PM
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    I ended up with a few permanent bubbles that will never go away. I have actually considered pin-pricking them and trying to flatten the film out, but everything else I've done to the instrument cluster lense has been, well, a cluster fu$k. I might beg screen protech for another piece and try it again, but would remove the lense from the truck first.
     
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  6. Jul 21, 2022 at 1:32 PM
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    :mad::mad::mad::mad::(
    With the ScreenProtech? I used 3m paint protection film and would say it was a little less sticky, which is maybe why it was so easy to get all the bubbles out.

    Bubbles weren’t the issue this time around, it was the fact that upon installation, water got into the inside of the cluster through the odometer knob and well, one thing led to another and the cloudiness behind the lens pissed me off, plus there was a large piece of lint, so I took it off to wipe behind it. Low and behold, more scratches!!! :mad: Put a microfiber cloth around the end of a long object, in this case a screwdriver, to get into the bottom crease of the lens where my fingers couldn’t. It left a couple deeper scratches. Oh well… I don’t know why I haven’t learned to leave things alone yet, there have been so many instances where I’ve tried to perfect something already pretty acceptable and have ended up making it worse, including this one.

    Pisses me the hell of but at least I can say I tried… honestly nothing is truly perfect as hard as it is to say it. They could have just used like gorilla glass or something in the first place…

    This was the 2nd lens I bought not including the original, which I tried to put film on to prevent scratches. At this point, I don’t really feel like buying another $35 lens and trying to apply more film to that, and then having to buy new film because I messed it up. Just feel like it’s not worth it anymore, though my mind will try to tell me otherwise… :p It’ll just honestly turn into a cycle of spending more money haha

    Sorry this kinda turned into a rant, some of you may hopefully be able to relate.

    Brooks
     
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  7. Jul 24, 2022 at 4:57 PM
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    Worked for me too. Got rid of probably 95% of scratches.
     
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