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Unread 07-21-2014, 06:35 PM   #1
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Washing question

I'm pretty sure there's spit caked on from previous owner, washing doesn't take it off, anyone know a product to take it off? Also the best plastic restore product? Just a little faded

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Unread 07-21-2014, 08:56 PM   #2
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Faded plastic? No such thing as a permanent solution other than painting it. The plastic will just oxidize and fade again and again.

A photo of the area of "spit" would be nice--can't give you good advice without seeing it. Anything from as little as isopropyl alcohol to as much as a polishing compound applied by DA or rotary buffer and medium cut pad could be called for.
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Unread 07-24-2014, 11:25 AM   #3
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For the spit you could try using a clay bar. However if the previous owner has some acidic spit, it could of etched away at the clear coat which would require much more. For the plastics you can use a heat gun (keep it moving) to get the wax to pull back up and restore a like new look. You can probably find a video on youtube for the heatgun method. You can also use black leather shoe dye, it takes a few coats and you want to do 50-50 overlaps to keep it from streaking. Or some people use tire shine. Although oils from the tire shine just doesn't make sense to me because it'll intensify UV lighting which will make it fade even more over time. Or of course paint it black. The previous owner used a gloss black paint on mine and I think it looks outstanding.
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Unread 07-24-2014, 01:33 PM   #4
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Although I've never used it, Eastwood makes a plastic restorer that is supposed to work pretty good. Been meaning to buy some for the Durango trim. It's on sale right now too. Another option is to clean the hell out of it with ammonia/water and Krylon Fusion it. Have had great luck with that stuff.

Hopefully there's not paint damage like mentioned. Off the shelf, Meguiar's Ultimate Compound with a mildly aggressive foam pad will cut most junk off by hand. Zaino PC Fusion works great too but has to be ordered. If it's on the glass, I've had good luck with ceramic cooktop (stove) cream cleaner when nothing else worked.

This hood has a poor repaint and clearcoat job, and was neglected for several years other than some drives through an automatic carwash. Pics are before/after using Ultimate Compound and a foam pad. Below that is an '86 F150 that I bought and fixed up for my dad for Christmas last year. That's original single stage paint that was pretty rough and chalky when I got it and had some "unknown substances" on it, also done with Ultimate by hand.

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Unread 07-28-2014, 12:46 PM   #5
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