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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old February 9th, 2010, 08:33 Thread Starter
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Restore your scratched Cluster

This is a fairly simple DIY for getting most if not all the scratches off of the Plastic Gauge Cluster Cover. It will work for pretty much any smooth plastic as well such as Headlights, Tail lights, Corner Markers, etc..

Most scratches are caused by rubbing dirt particles into the plastic surface. Typically this is done when you wipe the dust off of something with a dry cloth. Rule number one is always wipe dust with a damp cloth.

Remove the Front Plastic cover from the cluster. There are 8 tabs holding the cover on. Simply press in the tabs and remove the cover.



Here is the part after years of improper "cleaning" techniques.



You can pick up a starter Plastic Restoration kit for $19.99 from: http://www.novuspolish.com/

The 2oz Starter Kit comes with:
  • 2oz Polish 1 - Clean & Shine
  • 2oz Polish 2 - Fine Scratch Remover
  • 2oz Polish 3 - Heavy Scatch Remover
  • Two NOVUS Polish Mates
  • Product Brochure
  • Heat-Sealed in Polybag
I had an 8oz plastic cleaner and 2oz fine scratch remover that I used. But, the 2oz kit should be plenty.



You will need Gloves and 3 Lint Free Cloths. Be sure to wear gloves when handling the part otherwise you have to keep cleaning off your greasy finger prints.

Remove the rubber guide for the trip odometer reset and clean the part using the plastic cleaner that came in the kit. Clean the part with the first cloth.



Apply a liberal amount of scratch remover to the plastic surface. Spread the scratch remover over a larger area before you apply pressure. This ensures you get the remover between the part and the cloth. Apply this with the second cloth.

Buff the part with pressure in a circular motion. Do not wipe the part in a straight motion.

Allow the paste to dry and turn into a haze.

With the third clean lint free cloth, remove the haze off the part to reveal your "like-new" part.



Repeat steps if needed using the same Clean, Buff, and Polish cloths.

Hopefully this will help you fix that dull looking cluster in your car.
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old February 9th, 2010, 08:46
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Why not just buy a new one? I know they are like 17 bucks.
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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old February 9th, 2010, 09:06
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This is an awesome alternative for buying one! Thanks for taking the time to write it up and take pictures.
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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old February 9th, 2010, 09:16
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Great write-up, I will have to give this a shot in the future.
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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old February 9th, 2010, 10:23
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While they are very affordable, this is a great resource for when Toyota discontinues them in the future.
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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old February 9th, 2010, 10:42 Thread Starter
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Thanks for the comments everyone....well almost everyone.
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Why not just buy a new one? I know they are like 17 bucks.
I see your point. While that may be true for the SW20. What about the AW11? Or a completely different car? Maybe someone never even thought to take a few minutes to brighten up their stuff.

Could you buy a replacement...sure. But in a few years I guarantee you it will get scratched anyways. Just driving a few miles with the windows down (especially with the T-Tops off) can coat the interior with a fine layer of dirt. Are you going to buy a new one every time they get scratched over and over again? Probably not. The point is to inform to those not informed.

Maybe you will even need to do this someday. No hard feelings though. You make a good point.
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nice write up
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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old February 9th, 2010, 11:54
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think about it this way, you can use this kit twice for $20 or buy two new plates for $34.
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