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240 Cleaning up front side indicator lenses and tail lights

VolvoLatAm

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Oct 4, 2019
Location
Barrio Pablo Escobar, Colombia
What material are the Bosch and Hella 240 tail lights made from originally?
What material are plastic turn signals made from?
--are they polycarbonates or acrylics or something else?
https://www.eplastics.com/blog/chemical-resistance-acrylic-plexiglass

Besides soap and water, I plan to remove exterior lens superficial scratches and already have read that diluted ip alcohol can crack, distort, and cloud plastic tail lights even in small amounts.

Any exterior plastic polish recommendations?
 

hessam69

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Jun 19, 2009
Location
Sydney, Australia
True, but I believe in your case the aging, cracked, faded, brittle plastic would be a much more noticeable eyesore than light almost invisible scratches on new units, if there are even any new lamps with scratches

It's up to you and how much you wish to spend I guess
 

142 guy

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May 31, 2014
Location
Saskatchewan, Canada
Some buffing compound will remove the scratches and surface haze. Some Meguiar's 105 and a DA buffer will work wonders. If you need even more shine finish up with M 205. If the surface is really far gone you can start off with some 400 or 600 wet grit.
 

Fa182

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Apr 4, 2016
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Austria
Maybe this helps

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TestPoint

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Jul 15, 2009
Location
Ellijay
I have used 1500 and 2000 grit w/d paper on plastic with good success. Followed up with a plastic polish as you link to. Looks like new.
 
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