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  • PSA: Plastic Polish in the Shop

    If you are not already familiar with the benefits offered
    by plastic polish, consider familiar objects around the shop
    that might be improved with a little polish and elbow grease.
    Face shield - Before

    Face shield - After

    The face shield example above represents about ten minutes
    of easy effort using clean terry towels and a bit of a Meguiar's
    product known as "PlastX™ Clear Plastic Cleaner & Polish"
    (P/N: G12310 | SKU: 070382101237)

    Even though these images are just hand-held snapshots
    of a difficult subject in poor light, the improvement in clarity
    can be seen. The blob in the central field of vision is gone,
    the handling abrasions along the lower edge are much less
    apparent. While the deep gouges and divots are still present,
    these could be lessened, perhaps even removed with more
    work (and sand paper).

    Although I began polishing plastics with products in Meguiar's
    Mirror Glaze professional line (M17 Clear Plastic Cleaner,
    M10 Clear Plastic Polish and M18 Clear Plastic Detailer),
    I find PlastX is widely available at retailers and just fine
    for something like a face shield.

    Another handy use for plastic polish is to restore playability
    of DVDs and CD-ROMS that have been scratched by careless


  • #2
    I have used Meguiar's plastic polish for headlights, to restore some plastic safety glasses to usable condition. It's available at NAPA for about $10:

    Yes, it's also called Plast-X, which you used with good results.
    Paul , P S Technology, Inc. and MrTibbs
    USA Maryland 21030


    • #3
      I was going to include a remark about headlights but decided
      against this.

      The covers on current headlights are markedly improved in
      their scratch and fade resistance. Ten years on, a 2005
      Mopar product here is closing in on 125k mi and the headlights
      look fine. In contrast, earlier vehicle covers often deteriorated
      in a few short years, needing repair/replacement.

      My understanding is that a UV & anti-abrasion coating is/was
      applied to clear covers. Polish can diminish/remove that coating.
      Such covers will look good for a time but will deteriorate faster
      than before, requiring periodic touch-ups.

      If faced with an older vehicle whose covers are hazed and yellowed,
      my vote is to proceed with polishing. If considering applying polish
      to a newer vehicle as part of a detailing routine, "just because",
      my vote is to think twice.



      • #4
        What do you do when the haze seems to be on the inside of the lens. We had a 2003 Buick century that the haze was on the inside. I think that models where the lights on all the time the car is running, is worse. I tried several lens polishes on the outside and to no avail.



        • #5
          I think the problem you really had there was the enormous spider webs on the trees, caused by enormous zombie spiders...
          Location- Rugby, Warwickshire. UK


          • #6
            Besides being a clumsy b@stard, I'm a lazy one as well. I bumped into a post somewhere that said use "Deep Woods Off" or similar mosquito repellant containing DEET to take the haze off headlamps. I can happily (& lazily) report that it works great. The DEET apparently dissolves the oxidized outer film & it wipes off onto a clean cloth. I let mine dry a couple days, did a quick polish with a PlastX and put on a coat of paste wax.

            "Accuracy is the sum total of your compensating mistakes."

            "The thing I hate about an argument is that it always interrupts a discussion." G. K. Chesterton


            • #7
              I use 3M's finesse it clear coat polish for polishing pretty much everything in the shop.