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Scratch in door panel...have you tried heat method?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by XD40SC, Jan 15, 2012.

  1. Jan 15, 2012 at 7:35 PM
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    XD40SC

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    My passenger door has a few scratches on the side of them on the inside panel. Installed speakers and passenger door scratced concrete on inside corner when pulling panel off...pissed. Not really deep or noticable but i want them gone.

    I was just wondering if anyone has tried the heat method for smoothing them out? Read other posts about using a lighter, torch or blow dryer? Any advice or ideas.
     
  2. Jan 15, 2012 at 7:43 PM
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    I would try a heat gun, I wouldnt try a lighter I think that would just leave a black stain
     
  3. Jan 15, 2012 at 8:19 PM
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    If you decide to do it, post before and after pics. I have a couple of scratches on the back doors I would like to fix.
     
  4. Jan 16, 2012 at 7:24 AM
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  5. Jan 16, 2012 at 8:09 AM
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    If I do I will definitely post some pics.

    Need more input from someone who has tried this.

    This crap make me nervous taking heat to plastic. Would rather my neice stick stickers on my dash than have a freaking burn hole from my dumb ass trying to fix a scratch.
     
  6. Jan 16, 2012 at 8:11 AM
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    How deep are they? I've used 0000 steel wool to fix scuffs. I'm not sure how well it would work on an actual scratch though.
     
  7. Jan 16, 2012 at 8:16 AM
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    They are not really that deep...but not light scratches.

    The words "steel wool" just sounds like many more tiny scratches.
     
  8. Jan 16, 2012 at 1:09 PM
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    Plastic-x and fine sandpaper helped get out some smaller scratches caused by a stereo install.
     
  10. Jan 16, 2012 at 6:52 PM
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    Scratches in interior plastic are forever. Don't mess with it and make it worse.
     
  11. Jan 16, 2012 at 7:33 PM
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    Don't use an open flame. That will put black marks and bubbles. If anything a heat gun. I would practice on some scrap plastic that looks/feels the same first.
     
  12. Jan 17, 2012 at 12:20 PM
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    Then how are companies out there still in business that fix these things?
     
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    Yes check your local junk yard for a part in better condition than yours
     
  14. Jan 18, 2012 at 4:51 AM
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    A junk yard for a Tacoma part....that was funny.

    It's a small scratch and I have seen people post about fixing them. Just need more input before I even attempt
     
  15. Jan 18, 2012 at 4:57 AM
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    From what I can remember when you take it a shop they use a paint. They don't heat it or any thing they sand it a lil then use color match paint.

    Don't know how hard it would be to find color matching interior paint. If ya do let me know
     
  16. Jan 18, 2012 at 5:26 AM
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    Here you go.

    Get some 1500 grit wet and dry sand paper and wet it. Buff out the scratches but you will leave a dull spot in the paint even with that mild of a sand paper.

    Get some Nu Finish polish and go to work in that area. Nu Finsh has a mild abrasive in it and after a bit of elbow grease, the dull spot will shine like new.
     
  17. Jan 18, 2012 at 6:40 AM
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    This coming from someone who has done it? They are so minor and not deep this could work.
     
  18. Jan 18, 2012 at 12:59 PM
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    Don't forget before and after pics if you decide to go this route.
     
  19. Jan 18, 2012 at 1:05 PM
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    I have done that on paint but not on interior plastic do you have pics?
     
  20. Jan 18, 2012 at 1:08 PM
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    I 'flame polish' acrylic with a propane torch all the time. Too little and it does nothing, too much and it burns the plastic; I would not risk it. And i don't believe a heat gun would be as effective.
     
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