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03-15-2013 10:17 PM
oysterman23
Re: Fogged over plastic panels

I had good results this weekend using 3M marine polishing compound on wool polishing bonnet very light pressure. But watch you do not heat it up;;;;
03-14-2013 02:33 PM
hellosailor
Re: Fogged over plastic panels

Otter, be careful about "toothpaste".

The traditional old Crest is mainly diatomaceous earth, aka fuller's earth, aka a fine abrasive polish, which is why it used to be sold as "tooth polish".

The new toothpastes are often gel, which won't do squat. Or worse, gel with funny bits in it, which will scratch the heck out of plastics. Old fashioned plain white toothpaste, still a great way to go. Not just for lexan but almost any plastic, even CDs and watch crystals.

Although I do get a brighter shine with 3M's Finesse.
03-14-2013 01:12 PM
SloopJonB
Re: Fogged over plastic panels

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Originally Posted by chuck53 View Post
OK guys, different plastic, same problem. The headlight lenses on my car are very cloudy. What do you suggest I use to clean them up? It's a 10 year old car.
If they aren't TOO bad, auto body Swirl Mark Remover does a pretty good job. If they are too far gone for it then you'll have to get one of the headlight restoration kits for a buffer.
03-07-2013 10:06 PM
deltaten
Re: Fogged over plastic panels

Meguire's also makes a plexi polish for MC windscreens and such. Always worked on mine and I sed it as final on the headlamp covers on the auto after successively finer white compound.
03-04-2013 10:09 PM
jimgo
Re: Fogged over plastic panels

Harbor Freight Tools sells a set for polishing your headlights. There's also some very fine sandpaper made by a company called Micromesh. Their paper was designed for polishing airplane cockpit windows.
03-04-2013 08:36 PM
Classic30
Re: Fogged over plastic panels

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OK guys, different plastic, same problem. The headlight lenses on my car are very cloudy. What do you suggest I use to clean them up? It's a 10 year old car.
How about... Your credit card at an Auto Parts store?
03-04-2013 03:57 PM
chuck53
Re: Fogged over plastic panels

OK guys, different plastic, same problem. The headlight lenses on my car are very cloudy. What do you suggest I use to clean them up? It's a 10 year old car.
03-04-2013 03:15 PM
DivingOtter
Re: Fogged over plastic panels

If its Lexan use toothpaste. The toothpaste acts as an abrasive without further scratching but will clean it up nicely. It did on my boat anyway, as well as my dive hats..
12-12-2012 12:06 PM
halequigley
Re: Fogged over plastic panels

Thanks for the feed back. I bought some Mageires Plastix and will give it a whir.

Hale
12-10-2012 10:49 AM
tschmidty
Re: Fogged over plastic panels

And I will just chime in and say that polishing should remove the fogging but it will tend to come back pretty quick. After polishing it it's a good idea to use a good uv protectant like 303 which will help prevent that.
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