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Old 08-28-2003, 02:53 PM
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Question How to clean smokey guages on 69 Camaro?

I am new to this restore thing and was wondering if they are any secret method to clean my transmission gear indicator window on my column shift 69 Camaro I cannot even see the indicator.It was painted over and i cleaned the paint off with laquer thinner did i mess it up?

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laquer thinner was a definate no-no, it frosted the plastic. Your only option is a new or repro one. You could try polishing it out with toothpaste, but I don't think you will have much luck.

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happened to me too..... but windex seems to do the trick as far as getting that white discoloration out
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Windex is not going to remove the damage caused by using laquer thinner on it. It is forever permently damaged.

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If you have a buffer you could try to clear up the part you thinnered by first sanding it as smooth as you can then buffing it. Be very carefull when buffing since any excess heat from the wheel will ruin the job by melting the plastic. Then you just have to start over.

I've buffed up clear plastic from dashes, tail lights, and emblems with pretty good results. I can usually remove most of the small cracks in emblems without anyone noticing.
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Go get some sandpaper and some Meguiars plastic polish and cleaner. If the plastic is relatively smooth get some 1200 grit paper and wet sand until you have a uniform haze. Then polish with Meguiars. This should restore the clarity.

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