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maaloomi
08-16-2007, 05:56 PM
Every time i clean (soap and water) them they the go back to this dusty dull finish. Should i give them a little dashboard cleaner (armor all kinda spay)? Wouldn't that make the dust stick to them?
any tips??

Thanks:cool:

XXWoodmanXX
08-16-2007, 06:11 PM
Sometimes, I've used some WD40 with a 2" paintbrush and gently laid a coat down on the plastic. Works like a charm. :)

hijacker
08-16-2007, 07:41 PM
Replace em!

davec-nitro-rs4
08-16-2007, 07:46 PM
50% Simple Green mixed with 50% denatured alcohol cleans it, then a quick shot of WD40 glosses it up.

St3f4N
08-17-2007, 04:34 PM
Son of a gun protectant. Works very well for me.

Davey G
08-17-2007, 04:52 PM
Simple Green to clean, wd40 to make it that Brilliant black color again, and no it does NOT attract dust.

masterchief06
08-17-2007, 06:11 PM
+1 on the WD40. I clean my vehicles with Orange Fantastik (found in my grocery store), and then air dry with my air compressor. I then WD-40 the plastics and if I'm trying to take pictures or go show quality, I will sometimes wrap the tires up in Armor All. It helps to keep the tires in good shape too.

Mike

Duster_360
08-17-2007, 08:03 PM
+2 for wd-40. I clean with a mix of denat alcohol and simple green using a compressor and for the final step, I hose it down with wd40 and they wipe it dry with a rag/shop towel. Makes the plastic look like new again. Works wonders if you're trying to sell something too.

Rufus
08-18-2007, 12:45 AM
Try some armor-all like stuff thats made for car dashboards... but get one that does not leave any residue.
I don't like armor-all since the plastic ends up being too shiny and slippery. However I did find a silicon based plastic cleaner and its wonderful, protects your plastics from UV that could lead to discoloration, and it seems to be absorbed by the plastics leaving no residue.

Giant655
08-18-2007, 10:58 AM
wd-40!!!!!

maaloomi
08-19-2007, 04:24 AM
Thanks! I'll try the wd40 next time i clean my buggy, i'm selling it soon so i'll need the shine:cool:

ericem
08-19-2007, 03:33 PM
Lol someone told me to paint all the plastic parts with black gloss LOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL From my experience WD40 holds, silicone spray makes stuff look clean and not tooo shiny, and no oilly residue.

rocknbil
08-20-2007, 06:38 AM
^ ^ I've seen parts like that, after they've been run. Scratched up and skanky, looks like something an 8 year old would do. :D

Boil them in water and RIT dye in the color of your choice. The dye will at least permeate the "top layer" of plastic and hang around for a while.

If you like white, bleach works too, but just a little - like two teaspoons to a gallon, let it soak for an hour or two.

FESTER2004
08-21-2007, 05:28 PM
son of a gun

tip-if you have a atv-spray your atv down with stp son of a gun protctiant.spray it on your plastics,let dry and next time you go riding,the dirt washes away easier!it works!

HarryCallahan
08-21-2007, 05:54 PM
In my experience gels are very effective for returning plastic to as new condition.Although sprays will protect and add a shiny appearance the gel will protect longer and also fill minor imperfections.Gels for protecting exterior 1/1 car plastics are widely available.

XXWoodmanXX
08-21-2007, 10:33 PM
In my experience gels are very effective for returning plastic to as new condition.Although sprays will protect and add a shiny appearance the gel will protect longer and also fill minor imperfections.Gels for protecting exterior 1/1 car plastics are widely available.


Interesting. I'll have to try that sometime. I have Mother's Bumper Restore and it's a thin, translucent gel and lasts thru a few rain storms, so I'll give it a shot. Thanks :)

HarryCallahan
08-22-2007, 04:08 PM
Interesting. I'll have to try that sometime. I have Mother's Bumper Restore and it's a thin, translucent gel and lasts thru a few rain storms, so I'll give it a shot. Thanks :)
:cool:No worries.