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Old 04-28-2004, 01:58 PM   #1
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Angry Gauges plastic scratched?

It seems as if there is no way to clean the plastic that covers the guages without scratching it to all hell. Thanks! I just used a moist chamois and it scratched it up pretty bad.


Only noticeable in the sun but does anyone have any good ideas or product suggestions to try to clean this area with?
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Old 04-28-2004, 10:17 PM   #2
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I did that to my last car! Almost everything will scratch the plastic covering the gauges. With my STi, I RARELY touch it. I usually blow the dust off or completey wet it with a plastic cleaner and use nothing but 100% cotton cloth to polish it. A chamois will scratch the hell out of it.
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Old 04-28-2004, 10:22 PM   #3
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I cleaned mine with a microfiber towel and some "automotive" windex (who knows if this is different than regular windex except it wasn't blue and they just made $3 extra off me ). Seemed ok.
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Old 04-29-2004, 03:30 AM   #4
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Google "Plexus" - the stuff was made for the windscreen on the SR-71, works great!
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Old 04-29-2004, 10:30 AM   #5
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Thanks for the suggestions people!
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Old 04-29-2004, 02:17 PM   #6
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And when you do get scratches, clean it with Meguiar's plastic polish/cleaner. Takes the swirl marks out and cleans the haze from amonia based window cleaner and excess Armor All. Brian
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Old 04-29-2004, 03:09 PM   #7
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I second Plexus. And also microfiber towels.
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Old 04-29-2004, 05:57 PM   #8
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Got this tip from my gf - works great.

Forget the chamois, forget the Microfiber towel, forget any auto product etc etc.
I don't care how careful you are, you WILL scratch the gauge face if you rub it with ANYTHING.

So, what you want to do is just rid of the dust off but avoid any touching/rubbing the gauge surface

- here's what I use:

Get yourself a pack of SWIFFER dusters. (I think they come in packs of 5) These are the NEW ones that look baby-blue/white (see below)



They should come with a dark blue handle (as shown above) and are NOT the hand-mitt dusters.

The synthetic duster attracts dust great so you can clean dust surfaces with BARELY a touch, and you can use a BRAND NEW ONE each time if you are paranoid (I am convinced that this will be far cleaner than ANY washed/reused microfiber towel)

With this method, you can avoid towel-surface contact completely, and
when the duster gets dirty/grimy (which is probably still quite clean depending on how anal you are) you can dispose of the duster (or pass it to your wife/gf to use around the house)

It is SUPER EASY to use and also works great on the dash, the nooks and crannies of your shift leather boot, and in between your radio buttons and power-window switches (and other hard to reach areas)

Best part is you don't have to worry about scratching (since you're really cleaning with the lightest of touch), and if it gets dirty, just swap a new one from your 5-pack.

hope that helps! Have fun "swiffering!" (sorry I couldn't resist)

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Old 04-29-2004, 10:19 PM   #9
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I use the Pledge Grab it, same as Swiffers, takes it off and doesnt scratch it. I use this on the dash plastics too, so I can get all the fuzzies and lint off
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Old 04-30-2004, 11:16 AM   #10
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Excellent suggestions guys. The swiffer one is definitely something I am going to try and first I'll attempt to get the scratches with the Meguiars platic polish.

I am feeling a lot better about it now.

Thanks again.
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Old 04-30-2004, 11:17 AM   #11
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Excellent suggestions guys. The swiffer one is definitely something I am going to try and first I'll attempt to get the scratches with the Meguiars platic polish.

I am feeling a lot better about it now.

Thanks again.
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Old 04-30-2004, 11:18 AM   #12
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Excellent suggestions guys. The swiffer one is definitely something I am going to try and first I'll attempt to get the scratches with the Meguiars platic polish.

I am feeling a lot better about it now.

Thanks again.
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Old 04-30-2004, 11:36 AM   #13
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i scracted mine with my cell phone sitting up there

i used mothers plastic glazer and got rid of it
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Old 04-30-2004, 12:37 PM   #14
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Only thing is with the Swiffer Dusters is if there are dried water marks/spots on the gauge covering, they won't get them off (or will they? ). At that point you would almost have to use a damp cloth or something of the like. I can't help it - I sing while I'm driving or converse with passenger times and you never know when those little specs of saliva will shoot out your mouth and hit the gauge cluster plastic covering

But for getting dust off, I'll be getting of these Swiffer Dusters
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Old 04-30-2004, 12:51 PM   #15
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I use a 100% cotton "diaper" towel, barely wet, to get the stubborn spots on the dash, and a Swiffer for weekly dust gettin' maintenance. No scratches yet.
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Old 04-30-2004, 12:57 PM   #16
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I use those staticly charged wipes that are supposed to be used for floor mops.

Just wipe these over your dash and they attract the dust right on them without having to use any cleaning solutions.
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Old 04-30-2004, 01:47 PM   #17
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And when you do get scratches, clean it with Meguiar's plastic polish/cleaner. Takes the swirl marks out and cleans the haze from amonia based window cleaner and excess Armor All. Brian
This stuff works really good!
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Old 04-30-2004, 02:34 PM   #18
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You can actually get the light scratches out with ScratchX.


when i clean my guages, i just use a soft cotton t-shirt and my breath. no chemicals
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Old 05-01-2004, 12:01 AM   #19
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And when you do get scratches, clean it with Meguiar's plastic polish/cleaner.
I used 3m plastic polish. Label says, "restores optical clarity," worked great.

It was easier than I thought it would be, two screws and the thing pops off the dash.
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