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    Clear plastic repair?

    My mechanic scratched the clear plastic in front of the gauges when removing the bezel. I've seen a lot of repair liquids/fillers on line. has anyone tried this repair? does it look good? can you recommend which one to use. I hate to have to replaced the gauge cluster to fix a few scratches.

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    It can possibly be buffed out. Just have to be careful not to overheat the plastic and melt it.

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    If it's not too deep you can sand it down and buff it out. Just have to take your time since it's probably a thinner plastic then many headlights where I've done that before. Also unless the filler cures perfectly clear you will always see it.
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    Has the mechanic put his hands up to it or are you guessing it was him?
    If it was definitely him, is he not offering to make good the situation?

    Seems to be something he should be offering to do?!

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    The plastic on the cluster is sensitive. If the scratches are deep, they are not coming out.

    Mothers plastic cleaner is less abrasive tnan Meguiar's plastx. You may want to give the Mothers product a go. Meguiar's makes #10 and #17 for plastic which is non-abrasive.
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    the shop manager @ tire kingdom is a honest and reputable and owns up to it. been dealing with him for years.just trying to find a cheaper way to fix problem.

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    Thanks.for reply. they don't look that deep. I'm not familiar with #10 or #17. Are these polish or scratch removers for plastic?

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