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Old 07-07-2009, 09:04 AM   #1
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I think I just scratched my radio faceplate :(

So my Camaro mug decided to leak tea all over the place this morning, so I hit up the bathroom at work for some towels to dry out my cupholders and while doing that i swiped my radio face since there was some dust on it. Well right after I swiped it with this paper towel (mind you not a soft one, cheap bathroom towels) I saw that I made hairline sratches all across my radio screen face! Is there a product to get these out? Maybe that stuff they use to polish headlights?
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Old 07-07-2009, 09:32 AM   #2
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There are products used for plastic windows, ie; for the windows on Jeep softtops. I'd try this first.

"Off the top of my head" , if you have a Jeep dealer close by, stop in the Parts Dept., and they sell it.
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Old 07-07-2009, 09:59 AM   #3
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They'll also look at you funny because that's definately not a Jeep
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Old 07-07-2009, 10:02 AM   #4
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maybe if I go there I should SWEAR its a wrangler rubicon....

I thought there was an auto parts store product available???
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Old 07-07-2009, 10:13 AM   #5
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maybe if I go there I should SWEAR its a wrangler rubicon....

I thought there was an auto parts store product available???


Its just an option. I'm sure there is a similiar product available in the auto stores.
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Old 07-07-2009, 10:24 AM   #6
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Its just an option. I'm sure there is a similiar product available in the auto stores.
Jeep dealers are fewer and further between around here these days.....
I have meguiars scratchX, but i think thats only good for paint right?
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Old 07-07-2009, 10:33 AM   #7
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Jeep dealers are fewer and further between around here these days.....
I have meguiars scratchX, but i think thats only good for paint right?
I'd look for something specific for plastic.
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Old 07-07-2009, 11:09 AM   #8
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Meguiars has a good polish and cleaner, Mirror Glaze # 10 Clear plastic Polish & Mirror Glaze # 17 Clear plastic cleaner. Like Moose said any auto parts store should have something for headlights or plastic. Good Luck,
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mine had a few scratches and residue burn-in where the window tinters leaked all over the faceplate (IPA or glue ).

I attacked it last night with "Z-AIO" (from Zaino) and its looks brand new again !!

took alot of rubbing though... "Z-PC" would have been better, but I don't have any... guess I will order some now though
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They'll also look at you funny because that's definately not a Jeep
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Old 07-07-2009, 12:16 PM   #11
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go to autozone they have stuff for this.
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Old 07-07-2009, 02:44 PM   #12
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"Z-PC" would have been better, but I don't have any... guess I will order some now though
That's exactly what I used; there is a small triangular plastic piece on the 4th Gen., located by the side window - mine had a small scratch in it. :( I used a small amount of Z-PC and GONE!
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I think its meguires that makes this....its call plasticx. Its for headlights but im not sure if it will work on the dash. But i guess it wouldnt hurt to try...
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Old 07-07-2009, 11:31 PM   #14
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I use Plexus plastic cleaner. It has worked great for me with removing minor scratches in very sensitive plastic (gauge clusters, radio screens, etc) and it also cleans great without any type of residue or streaking. Heard about it a few years ago from some motorcycle buddies who swore by it for cleaning their windshields. Might be worth a shot.
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http://www.amazon.com/Novus-Polish-P...7027600&sr=8-1

all they do is plastic polish
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We need custom film like we use on our smartphones to go over the radio face.
Maybe the vinyl guys will come up with something.

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I'll have to pass on that, reading the reviews it seems this stuff is not for anything with a screen/faceplate.

Incidentally i tried that headlight polish stuff last night and it did precisely 0.
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I use Plexus plastic cleaner. It has worked great for me with removing minor scratches in very sensitive plastic (gauge clusters, radio screens, etc) and it also cleans great without any type of residue or streaking. Heard about it a few years ago from some motorcycle buddies who swore by it for cleaning their windshields. Might be worth a shot.
I have a couple biker buddies that swear by this stuff for use on their paint! Just for touchups, but it leaves no residue and scratches either.
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We need custom film like we use on our smartphones to go over the radio face.
Maybe the vinyl guys will come up with something.

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OK someone act on this so I can buy one...I also scratched mine and am SO scared to try to fix it, did anyone have anyluck with the metioned items? I am so sick and thinking maybe I should call my dealer and replace it? Would love any help before I go to the length to have it back to normal!
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"Plexus plastic cleaner" - yes, I use that on my motorcycle & helmet shield. That and Honda Spray Polish. They both work great! Just don't use too much. It does clean up nicely though...
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i have used this on my radio works good leaves it totally clear also I've used it on my bumper areas for road debris
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We need custom film like we use on our smartphones to go over the radio face.
Maybe the vinyl guys will come up with something.

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I know that the 3M product that is used for the front clear bra can be purchased other than for the front end you could trim a piece to fit. I might try that as well.
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they sell it at office max in sheets just peel it and stick removes easily
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Use the Mequires swirl and scratch remover. (It is the professional swirl remover 2.0) It will take out the fine scratches in the plastic and leave it looking like new. Put a small amount on a super soft cloth (old cotton t-shirt works best)and just rub it into the face and then wipe off the remaining glaze when you are finished.
I use this method to restore the plastic lenses on overhead lightbars and it works awsome. I just did the face on my own radio and it worked perfectly.
This is also a great thing to use to clean your gauge faces.
DO NOT USE PAPER TOWELS AND WINDOW CLEANER ON YOUR GAUGES OR RADIO FACES. IT WILL LEAVE FINE SCRATCHES EVERY TIME AND MAKE THEM LOOK FOGGY. IF THEY NEED TO BE CLEANED USE THE MARQUIRES AND A SOFT CLOTH ONLY. This will keep your radio face and gauges looking like new.
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Use the Mequires swirl and scratch remover. (It is the professional swirl remover 2.0) It will take out the fine scratches in the plastic and leave it looking like new. Put a small amount on a super soft cloth (old cotton t-shirt works best)and just rub it into the face and then wipe off the remaining glaze when you are finished.
I use this method to restore the plastic lenses on overhead lightbars and it works awsome. I just did the face on my own radio and it worked perfectly.
This is also a great thing to use to clean your gauge faces.
DO NOT USE PAPER TOWELS AND WINDOW CLEANER ON YOUR GAUGES OR RADIO FACES. IT WILL LEAVE FINE SCRATCHES EVERY TIME AND MAKE THEM LOOK FOGGY. IF THEY NEED TO BE CLEANED USE THE MARQUIRES AND A SOFT CLOTH ONLY. This will keep your radio face and gauges looking like new.
Thank you SO much, great advice and fantastic help!!
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