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Tail lamp cleaning (1/17)
 5/6/11 2:57pm
The RookLifetime Member
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Pittsburgh, PA - USA

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I was wondering if anyone has tried the Mothers plastic polish on your tail lights? Im very intrigued about the product and seriouly doubt that I could use a polishing ball on them without screwing up the chrome trim....but wonder if I'd have sucess by hand.

Anyone try this method or have any sugguestions as to a better way or product to use?
 
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Tail lamp cleaning (2/17)
 5/6/11 3:50pm
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To tell you the truth, Dano, after looking at mine the plastic was faded and cloudy and the backup lights were yellow. I just bit the bullet and bought new ones. They look great! And now I can keep them that way!
 
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Tail lamp cleaning (3/17)
 5/6/11 3:58pm
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Yea but I can find so many other parts i can spend 200 on.....lol
Tail lamp cleaning (4/17)
 5/6/11 4:25pm
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I use Griot's Garage Plastic Cleaner and Plastic Polish.  They did a great job on the tail light lenses on my car.  The Mothers is pretty much the same stuff but I haven't tried that or any other brand.  I've heard good things about Mequiar's Plastix as well.
Tail lamp cleaning (5/17)
 5/6/11 9:53pm
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Really does depend on how bad the are. If the plastic itself is too far degraded(dried/brittle), about all you can hope for is the clean it a little. If they're not too far gone, polishing by hand will work wonders. I use Flitz to clean plastic stuff...it works pretty well. Never used any of the other stuff, so I got no opinions on that.

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Tail lamp cleaning (6/17)
 5/7/11 7:10am
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Remove em and hold em up to the light first. My were all spider webbed and cracked from age. Replaced em and still got $50 for my originals...
Tail lamp cleaning (7/17)
 5/11/11 8:28pm
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Bought this stuff at Home Depot and it worked pretty slick with my 18 volt cordless.  Didn't take long at all. 4" wheel and compound stick. Says it's good for plastic and chrome. I heated the compound stick a little.

http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t132/JeffsVette/Vette%20Misc/TailLense-1.jpg
http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t132/JeffsVette/Vette%20Misc/TailLense-2.jpg
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Tail lamp cleaning (8/17)
 5/13/11 4:19pm
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I used AutoSol polish on my instrument cluster lenses with a drill mounted buffer, even though the tube says "meatl polish".  Read about it in Eastwood.  Took all the scratches out.  Should work on tail light lenses as well.

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Tail lamp cleaning (9/17)
 5/13/11 4:20pm
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OOPS   make that "metal polish" not meatl! LOL

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 5/13/11 7:43pm
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Wow, never had this happen before but my Norton virus protection has blocked me from opening Jeffs pics. Says its a malicious site. Anyone else get that message?
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Tail lamp cleaning (11/17)
 5/13/11 8:05pm
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I tried top look at Jemm's site and my Norton told me that it was a bad site and not to visitiit!!  Beware!!
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Tail lamp cleaning (12/17)
 5/13/11 8:06pm
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[QUOTE=rod7515]Wow, never had this happen before but my Norton virus protection has blocked me from opening Jeffs pics. Says its a malicious site. Anyone else get that message?
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Yup, I got the same message!!!
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Tail lamp cleaning (13/17)
 5/13/11 8:37pm
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I have no problem opening pics with Avast anti-virus....they open fine.

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Tail lamp cleaning (14/17)
 5/13/11 8:42pm
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I have Norton at work an Macafee at home and I can open the pictures in both!
 
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Tail lamp cleaning (15/17)
 5/13/11 9:47pm
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No problem for me to open the pics, either....ya'll may have just gotten redirected to a bogus URL. Have ya tried it lately? May work for you now.

Those look NICE Jeff!


btw...Norton sux, imho. It won't even let me get my OWN e-mails....just a little to heavy handed for me. Avast works extremely well for me...
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Tail lamp cleaning (16/17)
 5/14/11 7:19am
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I switched from Norton to McAfee a long time ago. Norton takes up a ton of space and operating power.
Tail lamp cleaning (17/17)
 5/23/11 9:39pm
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I can see the pictures now.  I do not know what the prob was in the beginning.  Lenses look awsome!!
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