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Old 31 Jul 2015, 11:07 am
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Default Way to remove fine scratches on gauge cluster faces?

Howdy folks,

Seems I'm chock full of questions lately.

I have some very very fine swirl marks (barely even scratches) on the clear plastic faces of my gauges. Is there a way to buff those out?

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Old 31 Jul 2015, 11:11 am
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McGuire's plast-x. Available at Autozone among other places. Works great. I use and recommend it so much I should get a commission
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Old 31 Jul 2015, 11:20 am
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Same here except use their cleaner before the polish
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Old 31 Jul 2015, 11:28 am
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Yep.

I like the BlueMagic Headlight Lens Restorer. They have it at Wal-Mart. I have the Plast-x. But to me the BlueMagic just seems to work a little better. At least it did specifically on the cluster lens of a PT Cruiser when I did it.

Be sure to remove the cluster from the car to do this. Or at least remove the outer bezel. I've seen several cars where someone tried to use a plastic polish to clean up the gauge lenses while still in the car with the bezel in place. It always leave swirls.

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Old 31 Jul 2015, 01:05 pm
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Swirl Remover use on your paint will work also. If you have it on hand. I like to dry buff the finish with terry cloth in the long direction of the lens.
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Old 31 Jul 2015, 01:22 pm
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Detail shops use plastic polish all the time without leaving swirl marks.

DIY'rs..... You do not need to remove the dash facial if you follow the directions on the label.

Specifically about the polishing cloth you use. Micro Fiber cloth.
And most importantly to use a plastic cleaner before you apply the polish.

There is also a product which I use on my motorcycle that work very well. But I have not tried it yet on the dash gauge covers. Plast-X
Unlike the normal polish this seem to fill scratches and last a few mouths on wind screen on MC's.

Now what could I possibly know about detailing??? well for starters I use professional details supplies not commonly available in retail stores. And my detail supplier visits me on a regular basis to my front door.


BTW Todd reconditioning headlight varies among users. Most all the products work if applied properly. That is the ones that you must wet sand polish and then seal.



I recommend U-Pol spray clear for the finish. I am sure Danny aka Busted_PT our resident body man will agree.




We use to have a GREAT PT owner and vehicle Detailer member aka Candyman. Unfortunately he sold his PT and has not been on the forum in a while. However there are numerous threads started by him on "HOW TO" various detailing of a PT or for that matter any other vehicle that should be perhaps looked at.
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Old 31 Jul 2015, 03:52 pm
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Thanks a million, everyone.

I "happened" to stop by AutoZone today, to see what they had on the shelf.

I saw the McGuire's Plast-X. I didn't see the plastic cleaner, but, then again, I wasn't looking for it. I will.

(Seems I can use it on my headlights, too, according to the bottle. They are the tiniest bit foggyalthough, there was no sealer, which the $25.00 headlight restorer kit DID have. And I've read Candyman's sticky on it being a good idea to seal the headlight housing after buffing them out).

There are no Wal-Mart's near me, but thanks for the tip about the BlueMagic. Maybe I can find it somewhere else.

I need to replaced my cracked dash, so I plan on cleaning the gauge cluster face, replacing burnt out gauge bulbs, fixing/replacing the HVAC cable that doesn't stay in position, and replacing the dash all at the same time.
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Gee!
I took mine to the clinic and polished the clear cover on a lathe, like I would a denture.
I used to say the surface "bites"!
Now it doesn't.
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I recommend U-Pol spray clear for the finish. I am sure Danny aka Busted_PT our resident body man will agree.
I do prefer a clear coat than any of the kits for doing Headlights. it's cheaper and lasts a ton longer without much upkeep. Though I haven't used the U-POL. They do make great products.
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I do prefer a clear coat than any of the kits for doing Headlights. it's cheaper and lasts a ton longer without much upkeep. Though I haven't used the U-POL. They do make great products.
Would you mind giving me some specifics on what brand and type of clear coat you would use?

Regarding U-Pol, is that a common product found at automotive stores?
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