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Old 09-11-2011, 08:19 AM   #1
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Exclamation Sterio face plate... SCRATCHES!!!!!! ... grr

hey everyone... noticed little scratches on my sterio face plate after getting it detialed and i understand from lookin at other posts and talkin to peeps that it does scratch INSANELY easily....

two options i see so far are:

- ghost armour
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- Plastic polish of some kind...

my question is,

have any of ya'll tried these?

and does the armor ACTUALLY cover up pre existing scratches as well as protects from future ones???

thanks guys and gals!
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Old 09-11-2011, 08:21 AM   #2
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I have noticed this in a couple other cars with the radio display of the same plastic material. They all seem to scratch very easily, I was thinking of a piece of clear mylar like the chip gaurd on the outside of the cars would prevent this, but I am not sure how that would look on it.
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Old 09-11-2011, 08:25 AM   #3
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I bought one of these...http://camarodecalstore.com/RADIO-FA...ER-RFC-110.htm


Heres the TSB from GM on polishing it out.......

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2011 Chevrolet Camaro | Camaro VIN F Service Manual | Document ID: 2677727
#09-08-44-015E: Radio Display Screen Scratches and Scuffs (Polish Display Screen) - (Jun 20, 2011)



Subject:Radio Display Screen Scratches and Scuffs (Polish Display Screen)



Models:2010-2012 Chevrolet Camaro
2006-2010 Pontiac Solstice
2007-2010 Saturn SKY





This bulletin is being revised to add the 2012 model year. Please discard Corporate Bulletin Number 09-08-44-015D (Section 08 - Body and Accessories).

Condition

Some customers may comment on scratches and scuffs on the radio display screen.

Cause

This condition may be caused by wiping the screen with a dirty cleaning cloth, paper towels or wiping the dirty screen with a bare hand. The high gloss finish on the radio display screen may have a tendency to show these scratches and scuffs. Different viewing conditions, such as bright sun light, may also make the scratches more apparent.

Correction



A GM-authorized dealership or detail shop may use the following procedure to correct the condition. Any scratches that are not removed by this procedure are too severe to be restored. Do not attempt to use a more aggressive material to remove deep scratches. The use of more aggressive materials may dull or damage the display screen.
  1. Clean the radio display screen and surrounding area with a clean, damp (not wet) soft cotton cloth or a micro-fiber cloth. Do not use any cleaners or solvents - use only clean warm water. Important: Use only high quality automotive-type masking tape. Do not use cloth-type tape as it may damage the soft touch finish on the instrument panel. Remove the tape immediately after the polishing process is completed.




  1. Mask off the surrounding area as shown to prevent damage or staining from the polishing material (Camaro shown, Solstice and SKY similar). Apply a small amount of GM Swirl Remover Polish, P/N 12377965 (In Canada, use Meguiars brand PlastX Clear Plastic Cleaner Polish*), to a soft cotton cloth or micro-fiber cloth. Hand polish the display screen using a circular motion. Polish the display until satisfactory results are achieved. Finish the process with a clean portion of the polishing cloth using a straight cross-car motion. Remove the masking tape from the surrounding area.
  2. Clean the radio display screen and surrounding area with a clean, damp (not wet) soft cotton cloth or a micro-fiber cloth to pick up any dust left from the polishing procedure. Do not use any cleaners or solvents - use only clean warm water.
* We believe these sources and their products to be reliable. There may be additional manufacturers of such products. General Motors does not endorse, indicate any preference for or assume any responsibility for the products from these firms or for any such items which may be available from other sources.


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Part Number - 12377965
Description - GM Swirl Remover Polish
G 12310 (Canada)
Meguiars brand PlastX Clear Plastic Cleaner Polish

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For vehicles repaired under warranty, use:
Labor Operation
Description
Labor Time
R9768*
Restore Radio Display Screen
0.4 hr
*This is a unique labor operation for bulletin use only. It will not be published in the Labor Time Guide.
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Old 09-11-2011, 08:26 AM   #4
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Ghost Armor

I read about Ghost Armor on previous posts.So I decided to try it on the Radio face.My car was new so I didn't have any scratches on the radio.It went on easy and seems to be tuff enough to resist goughing if the radio face is bumped or rubbed against.-Dont know if it will cover existing scratches,maybe if they are fine enough.
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Old 09-11-2011, 08:29 AM   #5
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http://www.ghost-armor.com/Chevrolet...adio_Face.html

Had it before the car arrived. Then put it on ASAP before any scratches could be on it. Absolutely no issues. They make a complete interior kit too, but not sure how much you would need that.
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Old 09-11-2011, 08:35 AM   #6
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Ghost armor is the best...precut to fit. Don't buff out scratches, you're just gonna scratch it again..duh. ghost armor also will cover up scratches as long as their not too bad. Expensive but worth it
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Old 09-11-2011, 08:45 AM   #7
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I put the entire GhostArmor kit on, including radio face, all gages, headlights, fog lights, and front turn signals.
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Old 09-11-2011, 09:53 AM   #8
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i still have the plastic my car was shipped with from the factory on....some people say im nuts but no scratches
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Old 09-11-2011, 11:18 AM   #9
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Another vote for Ghost Armour! Prevents scratches and I can swipe the dust away without worry.
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Old 09-11-2011, 11:57 AM   #10
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I have the complete Ghost Armor kit: radio face, gauge cluster, speedo/tach/DIC, headlights, turn-signals, tail lights, door handle cups. The only complaint I have about them is the tail light ones are a tiny bit too large and a pain to get the bubbles out from under. Other than that, they are great and all but invisible.

I even have their kit for my iPhone.
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Old 09-12-2011, 05:25 AM   #11
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awesome.. thanks for the advice peeps!

greatly appreciated!
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Old 09-12-2011, 10:59 AM   #12
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Old 09-12-2011, 11:14 AM   #13
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Ghost Armor. It was a bit of a hassle the first time I tried it but it works great!
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Old 09-12-2011, 12:05 PM   #14
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Ordered Ghost Armor for both of ours yesterday! Thanks for the tips on this.
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Old 09-12-2011, 04:27 PM   #15
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The Meguiar's plastic polish works wonders. I've used it for years and it doesn't just cover up the scratches.
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Old 09-12-2011, 04:32 PM   #16
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Ghost armor is the best...precut to fit. Don't buff out scratches, you're just gonna scratch it again..duh. ghost armor also will cover up scratches as long as their not too bad. Expensive but worth it
I agree, they put it on for me at CamaroFest and it covered up the small scratches plus it just makes it look better

And while I was at the booth, they put some on my Canon DSLR
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Old 09-12-2011, 06:35 PM   #17
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http://www.ghost-armor.com/Chevrolet...adio_Face.html

Had it before the car arrived. Then put it on ASAP before any scratches could be on it. Absolutely no issues. They make a complete interior kit too, but not sure how much you would need that.
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Old 09-12-2011, 07:15 PM   #18
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Have the one from camarodecalstore and it works great at a much cheaper price.
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Old 09-12-2011, 07:18 PM   #19
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Got my ghost armor at c5f2, covered up the few small scratches i had and still looks brand new to this day.

Good stuff and worth the money.
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Old 09-12-2011, 07:37 PM   #20
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I recommend ghost armor. Had a large scrape across 3/4 my radio face- ghost armor disappeared the whole thin seamlessly
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Old 09-13-2011, 12:39 AM   #21
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One day recently I noticed some minor scratches on my stereo face plate. A little polish on a microfiber towel and good as new.
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Old 09-13-2011, 01:54 AM   #22
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One day recently I noticed some minor scratches on my stereo face plate. A little polish on a microfiber towel and good as new.

what kind of polish dude?
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I used some FLITZ polish on mine with good results. I only had minor scratches. Just a quick polish with a microfiber cloth and it came out looking brand new. I would guess that any mild polish that is safe for plastic (like what you would use on headlights) would work.
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Old 09-13-2011, 03:00 PM   #24
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someone said previously on here that they went to a local tinit shop, had 'window" tint laid over it and looked good as new? Good Luck
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Old 09-13-2011, 03:41 PM   #25
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This exact issue is how/why we go involved with Camaros (and i have one)

Here is one we did at Camarofest 2

Before Ghost Armor w/tons of scratches!:



After Ghost Armor (filled in the scratches):



This is not "vinyl" or a decal..its very tough composite polyurethane, very strong similar to clear bra.

Thanks to everyone else showin Ghost Armor some love!!

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