Hazed plastic ; maybe use Mothers Wax Plastic Polish ?

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  1. knoted

    knoted Resistor Transistor

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    Hi all,

    I've been extremely stupid today ; cleaned a 2nd hand TF in hot soapy water and then added disinfectant.

    Now, the plastic has got uneven white haze all over. As if it's kind of bleached :(  And it's certainly not coming off with some simple rubbing either.

    So I was reading up on automotive plastic restorers and polish stuff.

    Anyone have experience with Mothers Wax Plastic Polish ?

    * Edit : The plastic polish has solved my problem. Maybe interesting for other people ; it als rids of some yellowing too. See results here :http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/creative-general-discussion/658976-hazed-plastic-maybe-use-mothers-wax-plastic-polish-2.html#post8345424
     
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  2. Neekotron

    Neekotron We're in Ratbat Country!

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    Sounds like you have burnt/melted the plastic with that disinfectant. Pictures would help to know for sure though.

    I don't know if there is a way to repair that damage, sorry to say.
     
  3. MegaMoonMan

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    Maybe try that "as seen on TV" stuff they use on faded car plastics and headlights that makes them look like new.

    Or a heat gun might work, too.
     
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    Not sure if it would work for this (without seeing pics & all), but when I've had a white haze from superglue being on or near any clear plastic (windows), I used a brush & applied some Future (Pledge with Future Shine) to it & it cleared it up.
     
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  6. knoted

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    It's certainly not warped or distorted.... but it just turned spotty white...

    I am so ashamed... to show the subject G1 TF I kinda ruined ...

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  7. OMEGAPRIME1983

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    wow, that's odd.. I wouldn't think a disinfectant would have done that. I'm not even sure what to suggest for that, does adding water to it blend the haze back to the normal plastic color?? If so, maybe try rewashing it without the disinfectant.
     
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    That's not going to wash off, it needs to be heat treated or oiled/waxed. The plastic is full of microscopic fractures that either need to be melted shut or filled with something like wax or floor polish.
     
  9. knoted

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    Tried that without avail.......

    To me... it seems the top layer of the plastic has been affected...hence my initial thought to use plastic polish.... contemplating this :

    http://www.autogeek.net/motplaspol.html
     
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    I would try, on a little spot first, using oil. Mabe peanut oil or just 5w-30 but try it on a small area first.

    btw what cleaning chemicals did you use? i would be willing to experiment with this so we all would have a solution when its needed.


    I would think this would work too, but it may have chemicals in it safe for vinyl but not Polyethylene, test little spots.
     
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    Thanks !

    The cause of all the hazing was dipping & cleaning the Transformer into hot water mixed with waaaay too much Dettol antiseptic. Amazon.com: Dettol Antiseptic Liquid 750ml (England): Beauty

    However, I have found Mothers Wax Plastic Polish to be effective !

    It took some really hard work, 3 stages of rubbing with a medium toothbrush - then furry microfibre cloth - then fine microfibre cloth. But I guess this shows, the stuff is efficient but not aggressive.

    Comparison shots :

    Before Plastic Polish

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    Result after Plastic Polish

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    Lesson learned. I can now recommend Mothers Wax Plastic Polish for this kind of problem. It also took away some
    of the yellowing.
     
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    wow! I wonder if that'd work for more severe cracking...
     
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    Nicely done!! I wonder if this is the same as the plastX. I have that, and completely forgot about it, lol.
     
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    I think it's similar. PlastX is Meguiar, Plastic Polish is by Mothers Wax ;MothersĀ® Plastic Polish
     
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    Ah yah, that's really cool :thumb 
     
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    it's a lot of work, but sanding will work. start with 800, then 1200, then 2000, then higher until buffing with sandpaper.
     
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    Yeah, I'd say sanding for the more severe cracking, but for these kind of microscopic surface cracks, the plastic polish is perfect.

    I also suspect, with sanding, you're gonna loose some panel detailing and shape definition.

    In my case.... rubbing the plastic polish with a medium toothbrush worked like your suggested 800, then the furry microfibre cloth as the 1200/2000 and the fine microfibre for buffing.

    Originally, the Dreadwind/Buster tail tab has the infamous stress mark ; which looks as white as the hazing caused by the antiseptic. However, the plastic polish won't help the stressmark because the cracks run deep into the plastic, whereas the hazing was only on the outer surface of the plastic.
     
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    I have used Meguiars PlastX on a few white G1 TF's and it has worked well.
     

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