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    Polishing plastic

    are there any tricks, tips or products that can make twenty year old tail light and corner marker really shiny? just thought I'd ask before devoting some time to a google search.

    Thanks for the help

    Bry

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    answering my own question... still like to hear thought from other memebers that may have done it.

    http://www.thirdgen.org/taillight_polishing

    anyone try the compound suggested in this article?

    Bry

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    I usually use Meguiar's Plast-X when I do it, it works very well. There's really not much to it.

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    I picked up a set of kouki taillights from the junkyard, they had no cracks/chips, looked mint, except for being etched horribly. I did not use a buffer wheel, but it would probably help. I started off by applying a few coats of Rubbing Compound, massaged the taillights evenly for close to an hour. From there I applied Turtle Wax, as a lighter abrasive, for about 15 min, and the taillights looked brand new from Toyota. Seriously.

    From there I masked off and painted a white line, replicating "Whiteline" taillights. Everything was perfect, you wouldn't have been able to tell the difference between authentic, and fake Whitelines. I ended up selling them for $250 on eBay, making it clear in the description that they were NOT authentic Whiteline taillights.

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    I've used PlastiX and this other plastic polisher, it's black and thick.
    Both work great, but I didn't use a buffer. So it fades back eventually. Big difference though.

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    anyone tried toothpaste???
    cause i've used this stuff to polish, plastic pieces from game consoles and such....

    keum

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    if you don't want to use rubbing compound just clean out all the grease and spraybomb it with gloss clear coat.

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    Toothpaste works great. Any polishing compound will be good, plastix is great too.
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    bar keepers friend, very good and does not leave any scratches

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    You can polish them just as you would old paint

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    Alot of people say use a Claybar, I haven't tried it but soon will.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Lange View Post
    I usually use Meguiar's Plast-X when I do it, it works very well. There's really not much to it.

    Jeff
    Where can you find this stuff?
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    Partsource, Canadian Tire, Auto Value, etc.

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    Any paint polish or even metal polish will work. Just get something light. (No harsh abrasives)

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    http://www.dorikaze.net/showthread.php?t=19604

    I have all the stuff that is pictured, you will need a drill or some sort of rotary tool. Let me know if you want to use it.
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    String buffing wheel with blue rouge compound.
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    will Plast-X work for an unpainted JDM bumpers?
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    They're a textured plastic, not smooth, so I'm not sure how well polishing them would work... could give it a try I guess?

    (At least kouki ones are, not sure about zenki; I can't remember)

    Jeff

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