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scratches and maintaining plastic panels


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Posted 11 August 2003 - 04:35 PM

I love my new (to me, anyway)blue 2001 Forester. It has some scratches that I'd like to camoflage as much as possible. Has anyone used the Turtle chip stick/color match wax with any success? Does it harm the plastic body panels? What is the best way to maintain the plastic panels? I've noticed they look "streaky" after getting wet.
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Posted 11 August 2003 - 07:53 PM

Most of those scratches may be able to be buffed out. Try some Maguiars Scratch Remover, or similar. You'd be surprised how much can be brought back with a little elbow grease, and a mild abrasive polishing compound. Check with a reputable body shop. They can sure tell you in a big hurry. If the scratches are too deep to buff out, try some of those paint stick waxes. I've used them with some success, but not a 100 % of the time. You have nothing to lose, other than a few dollars. The plastic panels look crappy if any wax gets on them, particularly if they have a grained pattern. Remove it with rubbing alcohol from the local drug store. It lifts the wax right off. Then use some Maguiars Vinyl/Rubber Treatment. Its like Armourall, but much better, and it doesn't have a water base. Good luck!

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Posted 11 August 2003 - 08:36 PM

I use Simple Green on the plastic. It works pretty well.

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Posted 15 August 2003 - 11:07 PM

Thanks! I git the Maguiars stuff you recommended and plan on giving it a try on Sunday.

Jen




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