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    I have noticed my rear lights are a little scratched, as if by a sponge.

    Was looking at attempting to polish them.

    Whats the best way to do this? As i can imagine the heat from a Kestrel DA6 not being good for the lights, and doubt I have a suitable polish for plastic

    I dont mind hand polishing to tidy them up.

    Cheers

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    I think when paint is polished it removes a few microns of the surface to smooth out the scratches and also lifts some paint into any smaller scratches to help hide them. With plastic you are likely to only make the situation worse as there is no coating or paint to be removed. I'd avoid it and if its really a problem buy a new set of lights.

    The only other thing I would consider is wiping them down with alcohol based solvent and then spraying them (remove them from the car first of course) with a clear lacquer or if you are being adventurous mix a colour and lacquer together to colour code or tint the lights. But there is no easy solution - other than replacing them

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    Meguirs plastic polish, specially designed for this.

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    I use normal car polish on a machine polisher works a treat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by P3tchy View Post
    Meguirs plastic polish, specially designed for this.
    PlastRX i think its called, great stuff

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    No problem polishing them with a DA whatsoever.

    Just use a small spot pad if you have one and a light cut product such as Megs #83. Finish off with a wax or glaze of your choice.

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    altho i have a DA I have never actually used it lol.

    A friend of mine suggested toothpaste :S bit old school i guess.

    Check my local shops for both PlastRX and Meguirs plastic polish

    Cant seem to find either :-( and smallest pad i have is 3.5 inch

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    Lol its called Megiuars PlastRX buddy, they are the same thing

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    Don't laugh but Brass polish on a wet cloth then buff away. Used this method on caravan window and took away really but scratches.

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    meg's plastx is no longer sold iirc....i do have some though nick if you want to nip in and get some ???
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