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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-02-2008, 12:53 AM Thread Starter
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anyone ever polish plastic?

i had some scratches in an extra headlight i have. just for kicks i wanted to see if i could fix it. i sanded the scratches out and then brought it down to 2000 grit. i then buffed it out with a buffer and mothers plastic polish. it came out real nice but it still doesnt have the crystalness of a new one. what can i do to get it that smooth? next tried buffing it with some cleaner wax and it looks better but still not quite there. thanks!

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Go to your local auto parts store and buy a headlight restorer kit for a car. It will work wonders. Actually you have done all the hard stuff. You may just need the solution that comes in the kit to make it super clear again. Yes, those kits work too! I sell them here at the parts counter in the dealership I work.
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i use finnesse buffing compound by 3M on the squad car light bars, works pretty good...low speed buffer so you dont burn it
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Go to your local auto parts store and buy a headlight restorer kit for a car. It will work wonders. Actually you have done all the hard stuff. You may just need the solution that comes in the kit to make it super clear again. Yes, those kits work too! I sell them here at the parts counter in the dealership I work.
ive seen that stuff before at pep boys and always wondered how it worked. i went there yesterday to get it and i couldnt find it. ill try to locate some and try it out.

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Post your results once you do try it. I have a 2007 R1 headlight that has some light scratches on it. I figure I can restore it and eBay it.

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does that stuff work on 2007 gsxr 600mirrors? i know a guy that has some scratches
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plastic polishing compound

I have some stuff from Eastwood which is perfect for clear or colored headlights/tail lights. It's a plastic polish that can be used on any plastic. Even used it on scuffed mirrors (from flat to shiny in seconds).
http://www.eastwoodco.com/shopping/p...roductID=15300

The stuff Boosted mentioned is also great. Too bad you don't live closer or I'd hook you up.

note: If you buy polishing compound or the cream, wet sand then polish but don't stay too long in one area or you'll burn a shiny spot into the plastic. ask for help or be careful.
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good deal. i will try this stuff. i think i am using too much pressure and too many rpms.

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Go to your local auto parts store and buy a headlight restorer kit for a car. It will work wonders. Actually you have done all the hard stuff. You may just need the solution that comes in the kit to make it super clear again. Yes, those kits work too! I sell them here at the parts counter in the dealership I work.
whats the brand of the kit you sell that you say works well?

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Wet Sand starting with 600 and go through 800-1000...up to 2000. Then use a polish like Plexus. It should get it crystal clear.

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