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Old 09-28-2006, 10:02 PM   #1
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hey guys quick question: what's the best chemical cleaner to clean off gauge faces/ cluster, and other plastic trimming in the car?
i tried water and it doesn't pick up dust from the gauge face, so it causes the plastic to scratch
any ideas besides a "virgin" microfiber towel?

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Old 09-28-2006, 10:05 PM   #2
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i used to be a lot attendant/porter for quite awhile and it seems glass cleaner works nicely with a microfibre towel to clean up the dash and such.

hope that helps
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Old 09-29-2006, 04:29 AM   #3
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i used to be a lot attendant/porter for quite awhile and it seems glass cleaner works nicely with a microfibre towel to clean up the dash and such.

hope that helps

just so i'm 100% sure:
glass cleaner on the plastic gauge/ cluster covers? not the actual vinyl dash, right?
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Old 09-29-2006, 09:49 AM   #4
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why not use computer lcd screen cleaner...i can't think of anything that is safer and still wipes to a clear optical view - try Kensington brand from compusa, this is the best one i have found...actually dries streak free unlike the others that claim to
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Old 09-29-2006, 11:43 AM   #5
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why not use computer lcd screen cleaner...i can't think of anything that is safer and still wipes to a clear optical view - try Kensington brand from compusa, this is the best one i have found...actually dries streak free unlike the others that claim to
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Old 09-29-2006, 01:12 PM   #6
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A can of air will work well as well. Blowing anything that can scratch away...

A good protectant that does not attract dust would be a good way to prevent dust from settling in that general area.

303 protectant works well.

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Old 09-29-2006, 01:18 PM   #7
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Werd. I've found that no matter how careful you are, any attempt to clean the clear plastic gauge face will always leave scratches. It's better to just leave it alone and occasionally use some duster spray to blow the surface dust off.
Once those surfaces get scratched, plastic polish is needed to take the scratches out.
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Old 09-30-2006, 12:05 AM   #8
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Werd. I've found that no matter how careful you are, any attempt to clean the clear plastic gauge face will always leave scratches. It's better to just leave it alone and occasionally use some duster spray to blow the surface dust off.
Once those surfaces get scratched, plastic polish is needed to take the scratches out.
any recommendation for plastic polish?
thanks, jake.
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Old 09-30-2006, 02:12 AM   #9
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any recommendation for plastic polish?
thanks, jake.
I can tell you that PlastX is useless in this application, left more scratches than it fixed (though it does clean up black rubber trim nicely). Nufinish clear coat didn't do any good. Cerium oxide maybe? I gave up and bought a new plastic cover from my dealer for 16$ FTW. Though I have cleaned it with a damp microfiber without any noticable scratches so far.

That plastic is seriously the biggest POS I have ever seen, well, next to ipod cases and screens.
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Old 09-30-2006, 02:05 PM   #10
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I'm surprised no one has mentioned Plexus. It's a plastic cleaner/polish. I use it on all clear plastics. Makes them f-ing look like crystal. I use 303 Aerospace Protectant on the interior, and Meguires exterior trim detailer on the outside plastic.
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Old 09-30-2006, 03:46 PM   #11
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I've heard really good things about the 3M 3 step plastic polish.

For my interior vinyl and plastics, I use 303 Aerospace Protectant. That shiz is the best!
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Old 10-01-2006, 12:59 PM   #12
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I'm surprised no one has mentioned Plexus. It's a plastic cleaner/polish. I use it on all clear plastics. Makes them f-ing look like crystal. I use 303 Aerospace Protectant on the interior, and Meguires exterior trim detailer on the outside plastic.

sounds like a great combination..

anyone else use this or have comments about plexus, 303 polish, and meguires?
otherwise i'm gonna rock those products..

thanks, jake.
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I used glass cleaner on everything in the interior (the dealer was cheap as hell)...never had any detrimental effects.
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