How do you remove polish marks from plastic parts?

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How do you remove polish marks from plastic parts?

Post by SALancer » 17 Jul 2010, 12:41

When i polished my car last time I accidentally got some polish on the door handles. Now they don't look really black. Is there an easy way to get rid of it?

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Re: How do you remove polish marks from plastic parts?

Post by ozz » 17 Jul 2010, 14:28

Not really. Try some grease & wax remover to get the polish off them then grab something like Mothers Naturally Black to give them a spruce up. I use this stuff on all the off colour plastics of mine & they come up nice & black again.

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Re: How do you remove polish marks from plastic parts?

Post by SALancer » 17 Jul 2010, 14:55

Thanks ozz. Is that stuff available from the usual chain stores like autobarn?

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Re: How do you remove polish marks from plastic parts?

Post by ozz » 17 Jul 2010, 15:47

Yeah should be or maybe try fleabay, thats where I got mine from in a pack of stuff for $35. There may be other products out there similar but i'm not sure & haven't used them. Autoglym should have something in their range & it's bloody good gear but costly. Another option would be to talk to Zen on here, their one of MCA's sponsors. They might have something like it too.

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Re: How do you remove polish marks from plastic parts?

Post by 4G15EFI12V » 17 Jul 2010, 17:55

Kerosene would be just as effective...

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Re: How do you remove polish marks from plastic parts?

Post by ozz » 17 Jul 2010, 20:09

Dunno about using Kero man, sounds a bit harsh. I wouldn't chance it on mine when grease & wax remover will do the job. Plus the G & W can be used on almost everything on& in the car to clean it up.

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Re: How do you remove polish marks from plastic parts?

Post by SALancer » 17 Jul 2010, 20:40

I have some wax & grease remover somewhere at home, so i'll try that first

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Re: How do you remove polish marks from plastic parts?

Post by blake_jl » 19 Jul 2010, 16:24

It is a bit odd that the polish made your plastics go black???? Usually polish causes plastics to go white.

What sort of product caused this?

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Re: How do you remove polish marks from plastic parts?

Post by SALancer » 21 Jul 2010, 19:53

blake_jl wrote:It is a bit odd that the polish made your plastics go black???? Usually polish causes plastics to go white.

What sort of product caused this?
Yep it looks kind of white/frosted. I probably could have explained it better in the first post.

Anyway I tried wax & grease remover - it worked a bit, but still not good enough. I'll have another go at it but next time I'll use a brush instead of a cloth. If that doesn't work I'll have to buy some of that Mothers stuff.

Next time i polish the car I'll definitely mask off the black plastic parts so I don't get polish on them.

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Re: How do you remove polish marks from plastic parts?

Post by ozz » 21 Jul 2010, 19:58

Yeah the wax & grease remover will only clean it up & drag some out of the pores of the plastic. To bring it back to a nice black shiny finish you do need something like the Mothers black. It's possibly a combination of the polish you used & age thats made it the white/frosted look. It won't hurt it to do multiple cleans with wax & grease remover.

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Re: How do you remove polish marks from plastic parts?

Post by blake_jl » 22 Jul 2010, 21:38

Try Peanut Butter (I'm serious). Obviously the smooth, not crunchy variety.

Get a rag and a bit of the peanut butter and rub it in, let it sit for a while and wash off.

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Re: How do you remove polish marks from plastic parts?

Post by ozz » 23 Jul 2010, 08:15

What an interesting outside the square idea. I that because of the oil in the peanut butter?

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Re: How do you remove polish marks from plastic parts?

Post by blake_jl » 23 Jul 2010, 08:35

ozz wrote:that because of the oil in the peanut butter?
I'm not 100% sure why it works, but the oils have something to do with it.

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Re: How do you remove polish marks from plastic parts?

Post by taswulf » 29 Jun 2011, 20:10

SAlancer, I've just purchased the Turtle Wax Ice liquid polish, Meguirs make a similar product
Clear product, drys with no white residue and according to Turtle safe your use on paint, rubber, plastic, even put it on your toast :shock:
I'll keep you posted when I do the deed at the weekend.

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