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Ok so I just picked up some stuff to shimmy up my paint job i got some meguiares paint cleaner and deep crystal polish which have worked a treat on the metal surfaces, but i noticed on the instructions it sez dont use on plastic.

Im not sure how or if it knows there is plastic under all that paint.

Im going to give it a test run on a small piece . In case it doesnt work can anyone suggest a different product for polishing up painted plastic case parts?

(FYI the plastic was primed, painted and clear coated)
Edited by pwnography6 - 7/29/11 at 6:43am
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Just use normal furniture polish that should do the job.
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Novus 1 2 3

http://www.novuspolish.com/

awesome stuff
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This: [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Mothers-PowerBall-4Lights-Headlight-Restoration/dp/B00341MIAW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1311945233&sr=8-1"]Mothers PowerBall 4Lights Headlight Restoration Kit[/ame]

or you can just get the polish alone at most automotive shops.
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Ima idiot I mean painted plastic parts sorry peeps.
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Ima idiot I mean painted plastic parts sorry peeps.

In that case, furniture polish and a microfiber.
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post #7 of 11
Use Novus 2 if there are hairline scratches. Novus 1 to clean.
Never rub painted plastic parts hard.
A lot will depend on the thickness of the paint on the parts.
post #8 of 11
use 3m rubbing compound you get for your auto. then use car wax
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with all do respect to juggalo, I think 3M compound is too abrasive.
post #10 of 11
What products you can/cannot use depends on several factors including type of plastic (acrylic, polycarbonate, PVC, poly-ethylene, etc), type of paint (enamel, latex, lacquer, etc), number of paint coats, surface prep, prep between coats, etc.

So for example, if you have a thick layer of lacquer paint with lacquer clear coat, you can use just about any automotive compound; but with say 2-3 coats of enamel paint the some compounds may be able to penetrate/soften the paint possibly attack the plastic.

As such, without knowing any specifics, the Novus products are a good choice since they are designed for use on virtually any plastic. As soundx98 said, this is a 100% safe solution while other products could potentially ruin the paint and/or the plastic.
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