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polishing gauge bezels
Posted by: capnqball ()
Date: December 07, 2017 10:45AM

Any hints on refinishing/polishing the clear plastic gauge bezels? Anything to avoid using might be the better question. This is for my corsa dash package.

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Re: polishing gauge bezels
Posted by: Vin ()
Date: December 07, 2017 10:50AM

I used a plastic polish I bought from Clark's. Not at home to pull it off the shelf and give you it's name. But I am sure you can find it in their catalog. It worked really well. Removed some yellowing that I am thinking was cigarette smoke or maybe just years of dust, and some minor scratches.

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Re: polishing gauge bezels
Posted by: jjohnsonjo ()
Date: December 07, 2017 12:13PM

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Re: polishing gauge bezels
Posted by: richard1 ()
Date: December 07, 2017 01:19PM

Mine were a disaster. First I sanded with 1000 grit, Then 2000 grit. Then finished with PlastX from Meguairs (although any polish would probably have been fine.

I had started out polishing, but had polished scratches, so reverted to sandpaper.



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Re: polishing gauge bezels
Posted by: Marco_a_p ()
Date: December 07, 2017 01:25PM

Ive had great results with Wenol. It is non abrasive but removes oxidiation. I use it on all my plastic lenses. Gagues, marker lights.

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Re: polishing gauge bezels
Posted by: 66vairman ()
Date: December 07, 2017 05:20PM

Turtle Wax makes a hand (not machine) headlamp lens polishing kit.

See [www.turtlewax.com]


It's a bit of work. Follow instructions and when done apply the sealer and lightly buff it as it dries. The lens look as good as new and stay that way.

I've done five sets of Corsa lens in the last few years. The only thing that can't be corrected is lens that have micro cracks through the plastic.

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Re: polishing gauge bezels
Posted by: junkman ()
Date: December 07, 2017 06:57PM

I have had excellent results using Maguire's cleaner / polish in the purple squeeze bottle. Put a few dabs on a soft cotton cloth and start rubbing till you get the desired results. I cleaned and polished a Plexiglas corner window on my 1963 Chrysler ambulance, and it came out looking like the day that it was installed in 1963. It took quite a few hours of polishing, because it was so badly scratched from years of being washed without the dirt and grime being carefully removed. I know some that do machine polishing of plastics, but that takes years of practice to do it well.

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Re: polishing gauge bezels
Posted by: richard1 ()
Date: December 08, 2017 07:38AM

junkman Wrote:
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> I have had excellent results using Maguire's
> cleaner / polish in the purple squeeze bottle.
> Put a few dabs on a soft cotton cloth and start
> rubbing till you get the desired results. I
> cleaned and polished a Plexiglas corner window on
> my 1963 Chrysler ambulance, and it came out
> looking like the day that it was installed in
> 1963. It took quite a few hours of polishing,
> because it was so badly scratched from years of
> being washed without the dirt and grime being
> carefully removed. I know some that do machine
> polishing of plastics, but that takes years of
> practice to do it well.


That is why the sandpaper is a better starting place, as it takes out the high down to the scratches first.

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Re: polishing gauge bezels
Posted by: junkman ()
Date: December 08, 2017 04:32PM

You might say that I was "gun shy" using sandpaper on these rear quarter panel lenses, because if they were damaged, they couldn't be replaced. This is a one of a kind car that was hand built in 1963, with many hand built parts. Even removal of these windows / lenses would have been precariously difficult. I have used 1000 / 1500 / 2000 wet or dry sandpaper to get out deep scratches on lenses, but those were the type of lenses that if you messed one up, it wasn't the end of the world.
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