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Old 02-08-2012, 05:01 AM   #1
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Chemical etching on interior plastic. How to remove?

It looks as though I have some chemical stains. I believe they may be caused by an air freshener. How do I clean this up to restore back to its original condition?
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Old 02-08-2012, 05:52 AM   #2
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Re: Chemical etching on interior plastic. How to remove?

If they are just stains they should polish off rather easy using some Meguiar's Plast-X. I'd suggest applying some Plast-X or some finishing polish to a cotton terry towel and rubbing that area. It may take some elbow grease to get them out but if they are not deep etchings they should rub out. If they are deeper etchings (hard to tell by looking at the photo) you may need to use something more aggressive such as Meguiar's Ultimate Compound on a cotton terry towel and then finish with your lighter polish to gloss it back up.

Have you tried any sort of polish yet?
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Old 02-08-2012, 06:16 AM   #3
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Re: Chemical etching on interior plastic. How to remove?

The stains do not look that deep. I had considered trying some Dodo Juice Prime lime lite but wanted to make sure I was considering the right type of products. I might give that a try and if no joy try some Plast-X
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Re: Chemical etching on interior plastic. How to remove?

That almost looks like it's just some gunk on the surface. Have you tried some water or diluted APC?
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Old 02-08-2012, 06:49 AM   #5
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Re: Chemical etching on interior plastic. How to remove?

Tried Megs APC @ 10:1. I have some DJ Clearly Menthol I could try. Other then that I have some Optimum Power Cleaner coming this week or use existing polished. If DJ CM doesn't move it, I doubt OPC would
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Re: Chemical etching on interior plastic. How to remove?

I agree with Dave, some PlastX on there.

If it were me, I would put some down the size of a pea, use your finger to spread and work the product seen as the plastic surface isn't all that big. Or try an applicator pad. The etching doesn't look that deep.....

I've had great results with the M105/M205 twins on plastic if you have it.
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Re: Chemical etching on interior plastic. How to remove?

Just DJ CM, LPL and LP in that order. It didn't appear to do anything at all. I'm going to have a more detailed look at it tomorrow. The more it didn't budge the more I believe it may not be surface stains. Possibly could be stains on the underside of the plastic. So pulling off the gearstick surround might be the next step.
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The etching doesn't look that deep.....
It doesn't look deep at all. Thats why I'm surprised it didn't budge it and beginning to expect maybe its on the underside. Its night time here so going to wait till daylight to inspect further
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Re: Chemical etching on interior plastic. How to remove?

Anyway to pop that off without breaking tabs to further inspect?

Picture wise, looks like a protectant that got on there and dried.....

Keep us posted.
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Re: Chemical etching on interior plastic. How to remove?

Upon inspection it appeared that some of the spotting did come off last night. Which is good news because if it was on the underside of the plastic the whole shifter needs to come out.

So went and bought some PlastX and it removed a lot of the spotting but there is still some there I'm struggling to budge. Should I try something stronger as don't feel PlastX is going to get the remaining off?

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