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HELP ! Cleaning up / polishing plastic lighting bits.
« on: February 06, 2013, 10:18:53 PM »

Hi All,   :grin

Anyone has any good ideas or experience on how to clean up and polish the plastic of things like the front turn indicators and rear brake lens of the ST1100P ('98 model) ???
Mine are getting a bit on the old, dull, grubby and lost all the nice shine and clarity they started with.   :'(
In fact they are all looking very grubby and disgusting these days.   :-[

If possible, I'd much prefer to find a way to clean and polish them up to look almost new again - match the new paint job - WHITE OFF COURSE !   :-++ :-++ :-++

Thought of buying new OEM Honda parts to replace them with, but the prices - -  :eek   :||||   :cuss

Anyone got any ideas ???  :think1

Thanks in advance.  :grin



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Re: HELP ! Cleaning up / polishing plastic lighting bits.
« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2013, 10:33:06 PM »
Amazing how well they will clean up by removing them......most old lenses have enough dust inside them to plant spuds, give the allusion they are faded.....bit of a wash inside them with soapy water MAY make a big difference.

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Re: HELP ! Cleaning up / polishing plastic lighting bits.
« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2013, 10:47:44 PM »
polish with brasso, or even toothpaste....
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Re: HELP ! Cleaning up / polishing plastic lighting bits.
« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2013, 12:45:20 AM »
THANKS GUYS !   :thumbsup

I'll get the front indicators off on Saturday and give them both a going over inside and out.  :grin
Get them back into the bike for Sunday's Ulysses Club ride.    :runyay
One day I'm probably going to have to replace them with new ones but hopefully not too soon.   :whistle

Solar hot water heater picked yesterday to start spraying water out of the tank and one of the collectors - another few thousand dollars gone !   :cuss :cuss :cuss

Strip any cracked or broken plastic off on Monday and get them over to the paint shop in Osbourne Park.

Tuesday, minor neck surgery but the doctors said at least two weeks off the bike. Where he's going to do the cutting is right where the helmet touches the back of my neck.   :'(

Works out OK really - the paint shop wants two weeks to check, weld, paint and polished all the plastic bits - killing two birds at the same time.

Thanks again for the ideas for cleaning and polishing those lens pieces.   :thumb






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Re: HELP ! Cleaning up / polishing plastic lighting bits.
« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2013, 06:58:02 AM »
I use 'Kitten No2' cut and polish compound to restore dull and faded lenses, then No 1 polish to shine.

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Re: HELP ! Cleaning up / polishing plastic lighting bits.
« Reply #5 on: February 08, 2013, 10:20:12 AM »

Tuesday, minor neck surgery but the doctors said at least two weeks off the bike. Where he's going to do the cutting is right where the helmet touches the back of my neck.   :'(

Works out OK really - the paint shop wants two weeks to check, weld, paint and polished all the plastic bits - killing two birds at the same time.


I'm hoping you're not one of the birds.  Doctors and knives-  urgh!   :eek
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Re: HELP ! Cleaning up / polishing plastic lighting bits.
« Reply #6 on: February 08, 2013, 03:03:31 PM »
Hi Biggles,

think there's a tin or two of 'Kitten' somewhere in one of the cupboards in the laundry, have a look around on Saturday.  ( tend to hoard things  :wink1 )
Thanks for reminding me of them.  :thumb

So far as doctors and knives go, last time before an operation, as they wheeled me from the ward to the operating theater, I bailed off the 'meat cart' and tried to make a getaway up the corridor, rolling along the walls and falling down a few times before being 'escorted' back.   :-[

They'd already given me a mild tranquilizer an hour earlier - - - NOT what you'd call a good patient !   :whistle

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Re: HELP ! Cleaning up / polishing plastic lighting bits.
« Reply #7 on: February 08, 2013, 08:45:02 PM »
Hello Flip. I met you at Maddington the other night. If you want me to drop off or pick up any thing over at Osborne Park PM me? Goodluck in hospital. :wht11
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