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dalbaer 09-27-2011 11:28 PM

Water spots? on gauge cluster?
 
i have a bad case of waterspots or something of that sort on the clear plastic infront of the gauges, how could i remover them, they are on the outside not the inside.

Ive tried water, windex, 409, bleach, goo gone, nail polish, 100% accetone, and brake fluid, nothing works, some actual tend to make it worse.

what could fix this?

Thanks.

codenamezero 09-28-2011 01:27 AM

Could be condensation from within the cluster... so take it out, take the plastic out and see if you can clean it from the inside... in the worst case, you can probably polish it like people polish their headlight and get rid of the marks.

dalbaer 09-28-2011 04:59 PM

I said its not on the inside, ive had it appart over 5times doing lights, and i live in the dessert, its not on the inside and its not condensation.

also vinegar doesnt work either. i havent tried headlight polish, one because i dont really want to buy it and because the clear plastic isnt as tough as a headlight housing.

DPancoast 09-28-2011 05:54 PM

It's plastic, it might be actually on the inside as in, in the plastic itself not on the "inside" or outside of the plastic

tlangy 09-28-2011 06:04 PM

can you snap some clear pictures of it? i'm wondering how it even got water on it. wet-sanding is kinda out of the question for the most part since it's plastic - also you shouldn't be using chemicals to remove stains, these aren't your favorite shirt where bleach will take out a ketchup stain. something may have changed the top layer of the plastic by being there long enough, like sap if the previous owner left it out while swapping gauges or something.

again, pictures will help us.

dalbaer 09-29-2011 12:59 AM

Finally! I found something that worked about 85%

I used meguiars headlight compound and worked it in for a good 30mins. got rid of 85-90% of the spots.
(the spots werent water, and they were on the plastic in the front, they had like a haze to them kinda like a headlight, except not yellow and were splattered.)

(i was told it was probably armor all that didnt get wiped of)

after the compound, for a finishing touch i went over the whole thing on the outside and insind very quickly with some lacquer thinner. now its at about 90-93% clear.

((although i like the way it looks without the clear cover, might just leave it off (and no im not gonna hit the gauges by accident, ive taken apart my whole cluster and installed led strips) Im not gona mess up my gauges)

Thanks.

alexdesignz 02-21-2014 12:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dalbaer (Post 2515430)
Finally! I found something that worked about 85%

I used meguiars headlight compound and worked it in for a good 30mins. got rid of 85-90% of the spots.
(the spots werent water, and they were on the plastic in the front, they had like a haze to them kinda like a headlight, except not yellow and were splattered.)

(i was told it was probably armor all that didnt get wiped of)

after the compound, for a finishing touch i went over the whole thing on the outside and insind very quickly with some lacquer thinner. now its at about 90-93% clear.

((although i like the way it looks without the clear cover, might just leave it off (and no im not gonna hit the gauges by accident, ive taken apart my whole cluster and installed led strips) Im not gona mess up my gauges)

Thanks.

Yeah Armor All will cause hazing on clear plastic.

TegTyme 02-22-2014 02:38 AM

old thread...
Anyways, I had the same problem.
The fix? I just used some Meguiars PlastX and it took it right off.

Kimiko 02-22-2014 03:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TegTyme (Post 2912777)
old thread...
Anyways, I had the same problem.
The fix? I just used some Meguiars PlastX and it took it right off.

howd it turn out. i cringe cleaning that due to it scratching so easy

acu129 05-18-2014 09:42 PM

You can try using Megs heavy duty headlight restoration kit. It can surely remove it.

arnonet14 06-02-2015 10:03 AM

I used a magic eraser and it worked about 90%

MrSwirly 06-02-2015 12:37 PM

It might be light cigarette ash burns. I bought my Teg used, and a smoker owned it before me. There were ash burn spots all over the guage cluster window, looked kinda like water spots. I just bought a new cluster window, worked 100% :)

reluktantskeptik 07-24-2015 10:05 PM

I had the same problem in my 95 SE. Tried all kinds of cleaners and nothing helped as it seemed to be in the first few layers of the plastic. Took out the cluster, removed the plastic face cover, and took a 3M headlight buffer kit to it. 15 minutes later it looked like a new faceplate. Just make sure you remove the rubber grommet from around the trip reset button whole before you start sanding it, and it should be fine.

acu129 01-19-2016 10:02 PM

PlastX can remove it unless its laminated plastic.


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