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Old 03-22-2004, 02:47 PM
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restoring engine compartment plastic (fender wells) help

i know this probably isn't the right place for this post, but it is the best place i could find.
i have a 85 ss monte carlo & the plastic fender wells just don't look as good as new. their 19 years old & they look good for their age, but i want them to look new without painting them. is there anything you guys have tried on this that made them look new again? i've got my big shinny motor in it & everything else looks like *****!!!! any help would be appreciated. thanks
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Scrub them with brillo and let them dry.Keep repeating until all the hazyness is gone.If you want shine apply a little 2001 or armorall.Those wells werent that black when new,but they shouldnt be chalky looking.I never paint underhood plastic.I have found it cleans up nice like I described.If you must have jet back then try scrubbing them and then wiping them down with a coat of tire black.Good luck.
BTW,as a point of interest,I just had a radiator support for my car sandblasted,and I accidentally left a piece of busted off fan shroud stuck too it,and the piece came back looking kinda nice,but I dont know if that was a fluke or not.
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Old 03-22-2004, 09:39 PM
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Also...Go down to your local motorsports store. There's this stuff called plastic renew that they sell and is used on ATV/dirtbike plastics. You wet sand the plastic with really fine sand paper to remove all scratches and create a flat appearance then finish with 400/600 grit. Then apply plastic renew. Its basically a new plastic clear coat that you wipe on. Makes the color look deeper and you get that factory shine back. Plus its permanent. It worked good on my atv fenders, you might want to try it...
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What works real nice on plastic parts is Krylon Fusion Plastic paint, advertise for use on outdoor plastic chairs and tables. Sticks like snot and has a high shine factor.
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