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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. Dec 12, 2017 at 10:36 AM
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    Hammer40

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    Mother Plastix polish will remove scratches. Just put it on a clean cotton rag and apply/remove like liquid wax.
     
  2. Dec 24, 2017 at 6:14 PM
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    Drunken Chewbacca

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    Wish a company could produce glass ones to replace the plastic... I'd take glass shards in the eyes if it broke in a accident. Kinda feel looking at the scratches is doing the same damage....
     
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  3. Feb 5, 2018 at 8:30 AM
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    I use Pledge on my motorcycle helmet face shield to bead up rain and ease cleaning after a dirty or buggy ride. Wondering if the simple application of Pledge to the cluster plastic with a microfiber or cotton cloth would create scratches or help to prevent scratching when dusty? Any ideas?
     
  4. Feb 5, 2018 at 9:01 AM
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    I've been a bit paranoid with mine since I saw this sticky and have successfully cleaned it a few times. What I have done is to lightly wipe it with a swiffer duster to get the junk off that might scratch it. Then a gentle wipe with a microfiber cloth with isopropyl alcohol.

    My first service is coming up and I'm thinking about putting a post it on there asking them to not clean it? I will certainly take a pic of it before dropping it off.
     
  5. Feb 10, 2018 at 12:14 PM
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    Anyone come up with an actual fix for this? A coating that an be put on it?
     
  6. Mar 15, 2018 at 2:51 PM
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    Why no company makes these out of scratch resistant plastic/glass is beyond me. THEY ALWAYS SCRATCH!!!!!!
     
  7. Mar 15, 2018 at 4:04 PM
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    where do you buy it
     
  8. Mar 16, 2018 at 12:38 PM
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    Let me try this again, I screwed up my other post :annoyed:

    I had local shop put on some xpel ultimate (clear bra) on the clear gauge cluster cover. I dropped it off, new and in the box. He used a piece of scrap material and charged me 30.00 to install it. Xpel ultimate is self healing (will fill in scratches itself) and went on clean and clear. It’s been on for several months now, no issues and no more scratches. The installer wasn’t sure if it would work, but was willing to try. He was impressed enough that he did it to his own truck, lol.

    You can see the hole cut out for the dial/button switch. I am very happy with the results.
     
    Last edited: Mar 16, 2018
  9. Apr 5, 2018 at 2:23 PM
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    I had my cluster replaced roughly 18 months ago and have not wiped it yet. I hit it once in a while with compressed air but that does not clean it. I am still paranoid. My original was scratched as crap after I mistakenly wiped it with a fiber cloth one time. I really like that clear bra idea.
     
  10. Apr 7, 2018 at 1:57 PM
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    Any glare?
     
  11. Apr 16, 2018 at 7:05 PM
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    Sorry for the delayed response. No glare (at least no more than "normal" for the shiny plastic). I can honestly say it is not noticeable unless I really look for it. I am extremely happy with the results.
     
  12. Apr 16, 2018 at 7:20 PM
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    What kind of shop did you go to to get this done?
    Decal guy? Window shop?
     
  13. Apr 16, 2018 at 7:42 PM
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    I'm thinking about ordering some from here, try it myself. Can order by the foot.
    12″ XPEL ULTIMATE Custom Length PPF (12″x1′) is $10.99 a foot. 1 foot may be enough??
    http://www.xpel.com/bulk-paint-headlamp-protection-material/
     
  14. Apr 17, 2018 at 4:11 AM
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    Meguiar's Plastx?
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    Mother's Plastic Polish?

    I'm hesitant to try it and make things worse. Want to be sure I get what worked for you.
     
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    Probably not too different. My local O'Reilly's Auto Parts carries Griot's, but I usually order online. They ship quickly. Good luck!
     
  18. Apr 17, 2018 at 6:22 PM
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    Xpel is great stuff. Had installed on my headlights, fog lights and RI 30” lightbar over a year ago and can’t even tell it’s there. I’ll have to get some more when I change my cluster cheap plexiglass...
     
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  19. Apr 18, 2018 at 7:35 PM
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    Pretty much any window tint place. If you search “clear bra installer” you should find someone local. Xpel is just a brand, but I like it for the self heal. I have it on my hood for rock chips and it prevents the yellowing of headlights.
     
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  20. Apr 26, 2018 at 4:20 AM
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    I just wish someone would release a "screen protector" adhesive in similar material as phone screen protectors... I'm not going through all the hassle of replacing that plexiglass but damn those scratches look terrible when the light hits them!
     
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