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#26 frag

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Posted 22 November 2004 - 08:38 PM

stop there. By the way brake fluid can damage paint so be careful with it.


Yea. That's probably part of the answer to my question above: what's the physics or chemistry of brake fluid effectiveness as a plastic cleaner and polisher?
It's probably the same brake fluid chemical ingredient that disolves paint and that eats at plastic oxidation (yellow).

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Posted 23 November 2004 - 11:26 AM

I have seen bubbled and rusted areas under a brake master cyl and I never thought of putting this to good use.
This should be on Mythbusters in the enxt few weeks. Did you see the one where they tried Coke as an anti corrosive?

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Posted 23 November 2004 - 11:45 AM

I tried to use brake fluid as a paint remover once (needed to clean a spot for an electrical ground connection). I didn't do anything! Either Volvo paint is immune to brake fluid, or Castrol LMA doesn't damage paint. Haven't tried it on my Sube.

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Posted 23 November 2004 - 06:53 PM

A pal of mine told me that the best trick for yellow headlights is CLR

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Posted 24 November 2004 - 02:06 PM

A pal of mine told me that the best trick for yellow headlights is CLR


I happen to have some CLR, brake fluid, yellow headlights, and some time this weekend. I'll give it a shot and let you know next week how it goes. I wonder what happens if you mix CLR and brake fluid? Anyone else want to take on that task?

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Posted 28 November 2004 - 04:44 PM

Well, I tried just now some prestone brake fluid (dot 3) that I had on the shelf. It seemed to be taking off a layer of roughness with some elbow grease, but now the lenses appear to be cloudy... any suggestions here? (96 outback 5 spd... 175k)

thanks

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Posted 28 November 2004 - 05:16 PM

you need to clean it and then polish it.

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Posted 28 November 2004 - 05:24 PM

polish with what?? thanks


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Posted 28 November 2004 - 09:00 PM

automotive polishing compound.

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Posted 29 November 2004 - 02:38 PM

I happen to have some CLR, brake fluid, yellow headlights, and some time this weekend. I'll give it a shot and let you know next week how it goes. I wonder what happens if you mix CLR and brake fluid? Anyone else want to take on that task?


Nothing like replying to yourself. It snowed here this weekend, temps fell in to single digits. No garage so I didn't try it. My dedication declines with the temperature. I'll just drive during daylight hours or tailgate someone with decent headlights until the spring thaw. I could just duct tape a mag light to the hood, probably provide better light at this point anyhow.




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