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Old 11-10-2005, 07:57 PM   #1
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INT : DIY plastic polishing

*note* only polish hard plastic. it will turn into power when sanded. the softer plastic will not powder and will be difficult to polish. if it is flexable it is to soft. there are not a lot of things on the car that are hard plastic. most of the interior is soft plastic. test on unseen areas first. do not use anything other than hand sanding. machine sanding may make the plastic melt.

for headlights(JDM, not glass), taillights, blinkers, and switches you shouldn't have to sand. that is usualy only for sanding the texture off the interior pieces. only sand your headlights in extreme cases(deep scratches, nicks, blemishes, ect.) you can use mag and aluminum polish first, then use the plastic polish to make it crystal clear.

check out some of the before /afters on the other pages

things you can polish without worry.......bumper lights, corner lights, plastic headlights, taillights, tag lights, sunroof visor, dome light lens only, door light lens covers, lumbar support knob, air vents, INT door handels, coin holder, insterment bezel and trim, door locks (the ones you grab with your finger, up/down), all buttons/switches, i wouldn't try any other pieces as they are to soft to polish

i also recomend a drill with a buffing attachment (powerball), to cut out a lot of work.

since it's a true polish, it requires working/buffing.

materials:
-plastic polish
-sandpaper (600g-800g-1000g)
-cotton polishing cloth
custom int door handles
custom clear switches



this is to show you how to polish plastic in and around your car. this is the plastic blank in the dash trim. to polish it, begin by sanding the texture off of it with 600g sandpaper til the texture is smooth. then follow with 1000g to knock it down some more and smooth it further.


this is what it will look like after sanding


now you are ready to use the plastic polish. apply it to the polishing cloth and buff until all the fine scratches disappear and a reflective finish appears. it should look like this when done.


clock


here are some more: the seat levers. a before pic\/


after\/



a side by side comparision of before and after.\/




unpolished^^^^^^^^^^^polished

an oem blinker i did (no sanding needed)


lumbar adjustment knob





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Old 11-10-2005, 08:30 PM   #2
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Good idea - Nice write up. I might give this a shot.

Planning on doing anything else in the interior (ie. black trim garnish) maybe?
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Old 11-10-2005, 09:11 PM   #3
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Nice write up --- you made it look like shiny metal!

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... this is the plastic blank in the dash trim. ...
Sorry, having a brain fart here ... which part is that? I don't recognize it.
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Old 11-10-2005, 09:43 PM   #4
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^^^ 10 year old coner lenses




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armrest (90-91)


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Old 11-10-2005, 09:45 PM   #5
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Planning on doing anything else in the interior (ie. black trim garnish) maybe?





use caution if you do the gauge trim cluster bezel. it's 2 layers of plastic (dark gray under coat with black top coat) you can sand through this topcoat, so be careful here's an example of sanding through:



here's a gauge cluster trim piece (not mine)




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Old 11-11-2005, 12:58 AM   #6
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Planning on doing anything else in the interior (ie. black trim garnish) maybe?
he has all of his buttons and stuff polished too... its pretty cool looking, looks like he has shiny buttons all over.
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nice ...

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damn that looks good. I may try this.
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jdm headlight restoration in the near future
this more detailed instruction on polishing the plastic headlights.

this is the before pics:



first thing i did was put mothers mag and aluminum polish on the headlight:


i buffed the headlight for a few minutes, then used the plastic polish and buffed this time by hand, as that is all that is needed after the metal polish.

done:





don't forget to tape off the headlight so you don't damge the surrounding paint.
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Old 11-11-2005, 07:03 PM   #13
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your freaking nuts. you are so good at polishing.

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it works very well on those to.
here is an OEM turn signal i polished. later.
looks like i wont be buying new bumper lenses, ill just keep mine... and polish em!
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Old 11-11-2005, 07:47 PM   #15
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It's the same plastic polish you used? I might do this for my 92 amber corners.

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Old 11-11-2005, 08:08 PM   #16
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WOW nice write up man!
I would like to try this on my moms 01 accord...
theres a nasty film on her headlights...
Im assuming it wont ruin them then?
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Old 11-11-2005, 08:37 PM   #17
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Damn TypeG... U R Sick! Freeking Nice!! I'm doing ALL my lights!
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TypeG, quit posting all this shiny plastic porn! It's too much ... I ... I ... ughhhhh ..... excuse my splooge please.

Is this what it's like hanging out at the mothers.com forums?


Seriously though, I was also wondering "what to do" about my dull scratchy bumper lights. Now I know I don't have to replace them.

I think much of our desire around here to mod is merely to acquire shiny new things, and IMO you're showing us a smarter way. Well done, sir.
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It's the same plastic polish you used? I might do this for my 92 amber corners.
yes it is. i used this first:

it has a higher media than the plastic polish and will cut and smooth faster. then chase it with:

i would also use a type of buffing wheel with the metal polish on badly oxidized plastic, but most things you can do by hand. these are some wheels:


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TypeG, quit posting all this shiny plastic porn! It's too much ... I ... I ... ughhhhh ..... excuse my splooge please.

Is this what it's like hanging out at the mothers.com forums?


Seriously though, I was also wondering "what to do" about my dull scratchy bumper lights. Now I know I don't have to replace them.

I think much of our desire around here to mod is merely to acquire shiny new things, and IMO you're showing us a smarter way. Well done, sir.
yup, i love the mothers forums.
when you got a car made in the 90's and you want it to look new, you gotta be creative,lol. later.
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