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Old 09-03-2003, 11:07 AM
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Question polishing plastic lenses

Whats the best way to restore the polish on the plastic turn signal lens' to make them look new again? Also is there ant way to stabilize a craze in a plastic lens? (small under the surface crack for those who don't know what craze means).

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Tooth paste will sometimes work, but there is an aircraft plastic polish that is designed to be used on canopies that works great.

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I remember reading a thread when I first started that said shaving cream and cigarette ashes mixed together work. I forget who posted it though, and I did a search, but it came up empty.
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If they are really bad try the "hobby kit" available here

If it's not too bad, Blue Magic metal polish, Flitz, or Autosol, all fine metal polishes will do wonders. The Autosol is the most aggressive followed by the Blue Magic then the Flitz. Flitz is interesting because you can polish gold plate without taking off the plating - but that's another post.

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http://www.micro-surface.com/default.cfm?page_id=175

That is the link I meant to insert in the previous post. Sorry.

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Brightten up your plastic headlight lens or tail lights 3'' buff 1/4 arbor, and a 100gm tube of Autosol works great with your 1800-2200 RPM electric drill
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Regular autobody colorsand paper, buffing compounds, and polishes work just fine, you can then spray automotive urethane clearcoat on them to help preserve them. Done it many times and they usually look like new when done.
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Regular autobody colorsand paper, buffing compounds, and polishes work just fine, you can then spray automotive urethane clearcoat on them to help preserve them. Done it many times and they usually look like new when done.
I agree with Bob, just treat it like paint, sand with 2000 and buff it out. Our "detail" guy at work does it all the time to old hazy headlamps. Some of the ones I have seen him bring back to like new condition were PRETTY BAD to start with.

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done this many times too. if a good buffing with compound doesn't take care of it just scotchbrite and put a coat or 2 of clear on them. they will look like you just bought them
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If they aren't too bad...

Try a squirt of Meguiar's Quick Detailer or Mirror Glaze Clear Plastic Detailer.
Either one will hide light crazing. Quick Detailer is real handy to have around anyway.
It will bring a wax job back to "just like new" in a few minutes.



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