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Old 27th February 2007, 11:33 PM   #1
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A friend decided to clean his car's interior one day.

I don't know if he used an abrasive pad or what, but now one of his car readouts is all foggy and scratchy looking.

The dealer, (not under warranty), said he would replace the plastic faceplate for $150. A tad steep, my friend thinks, (and I agree).

He wonders if there is not some substance that can help this. I asked him if it momentarily gets clear when he wets it and he says yes. So I think there probably is a substance which can fill those scratches satisfactorily.

I have seen casting resin, which I linked to right here.

However,it seems to come in fairly large packages, is somewhat expensive, (not too bad), and might constitute overkill.

Anything in a tube smaller or easier? Is there anything which fills in the scratches in plastic eyeglasses?
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Old 27th February 2007, 11:36 PM   #2
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Have you tried Meguiars Mirror Glaze? The other thing to try is that stuff that comes in a toothpaste tube used to cover up car scratches- it's a mild abrasive with carnauba wax.
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[B]Have you tried Meguiars Mirror Glaze?
No, but I certainly like the sound of the product. Is that available in hardware stores or must I go on the net to buy?




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The other thing to try is that stuff that comes in a toothpaste tube used to cover up car scratches- it's a mild abrasive with carnauba wax.
I will try that, although I don't think his faceplate needs more abrasion. But I will try the Mirror Glaze product first.
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Old 28th February 2007, 12:46 AM   #4
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I think auto parts stores have it, but I ordered mine direct via their website.
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try toothpaste - no joke! I used it on motorbike helmet visors.

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Old 1st March 2007, 09:40 PM   #6
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If he has scratched it too harshly then more abrasion but with a much finer grit will probably help, as it will take some effort but will rub the surface down to nice material again.

The products suggested so far will all achieve this.
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Old 1st March 2007, 11:16 PM   #7
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There are numerous products on the market that can help. Try one of the many "headlight restoration" kits out there.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/JANVI...96364076QQrdZ1

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Clear...spagenameZWDVW

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/RESTO...92111023QQrdZ1
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i've seen people use a torch to remove scratches in plexiglass
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phys and chem say that's possible, but experience says it takes a REAL craftsman - nothing I'd try at home. How come you know people like that - they are becoming an extinct specie!

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The Meguiers Mirror Glaze works very well. Auto Zone and Advance Auto should have it in stock. The Meguiers Color Rx also works wonders too. I've even salvaged chewed up Netflix rental DVD's with it!
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