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I am repainting and refitting my 1974 Helms 25. I am troubled by having to replace my perfectly functional bulkhead compass because the "glass" is foggy and I cannot read the heading thru it. It is somewhat better at night when lit. Does anyone know of a way to buff out the "glass" (it is actually plastic) or a product that will clear it up?
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A lot of elbow grease, a clean, soft cotton rag and a very mild abrasive like
3M Marine Fiberglass Restorer and wax. On real bad stuff I have wet sanded with 1500 grit sand paper first.
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It depends on whether the plastic is crazed internally or externally. If it is external "fog" then a mild abrasive like what USCG has suggested is a good bet... if it is from UV exposure and internal...replacement is the only option.
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It is external, and thanks. I don't mind using up elbow grease. Just wasn't sure how the plastic would handle an abrasive.
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It needs to be a very mild abrasive, or you will just make the problem worse. Colgate toothpaste works pretty well on motorcycle helmets and windshields.... so might be a good choice for you.
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