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post #1 of 6 Old 09-24-2011, 06:32 PM Thread Starter
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How to freshen up faded plastics?

Hello, looking to get this ATV for my girlfriend to ride because she keeps crashing mine into a tree. It's cheap and runs so figured it's a good deal as long as nothing else is wrong with it. The plastics look a bit worn and faded though. Is there a way to make it look nice and fresh again?
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post #2 of 6 Old 09-24-2011, 07:22 PM
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They'll be broke in about a week. I spent the better part of a month putting one together for my wife. First time we went out she rolled the bastard.

Wd 40 works good for a 1 time presentation but if its dusty it gets real filmy real quick while your riding.
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Disclaimer: I got this off the Honda forum... but it worked..

after some research I tried this, first totally clean your atv, remove all the dirt and oil, and wax, then gently sand out the deep scratches with ultra fine sandpaper followed by 0000 steel wool, once all the scratches are removed or diminished, don't panic your plastic will look pretty bad at this point, remove all the sanding dust and cleans and dry the plastic, now with a small clean wax applicator or small terry cloth towel swath start applying Holloway House Quick Shine( available at walmart) its an acrylic floor restorer that really sticks to the plastic and creates a tough shiny finish. plan on applying several coats, I put about 8 coats on mine, the product drys quick so by the time you get one coat one its time to apply another, you can use a heat gun to speed the process, after the 3rd or fourth coat you will be feeling better! and the plastic will begin to look new again, the more scratched up it is the more cats it takes. After you've reached the desired shine its time for the most important step, after the finish totally drys (20-30min)
wax the entire surface with a high qualitycar wax(cleaner wax) this will cut down the surface like rubbing compound on clear-coat and make the finish shine like crazy and increase the color depth, really rub it well and you will be in awe of the results, you should now have plastic that looks better than new and has a tough finish( this stuff is made to walk on) here's a before pic and pic of mine after process, good luck..

P/S: this is not permanent but lasted about 8 months first time and the u just clean quad and re-apply floor stuff and wax. I only sanded and smoothed my old foreman the 1st time, and my dad now owns that quad and it still looks good. HOPE THIS HELPS

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Armor All Tyre Foam works pretty well on plastics, also gives them that "wet" look.

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I've read on another forum that "Maxima SC-1" is the stuff you want. It's a silicone detailer in a spray can for around 8 bucks. This stuff has 5 star reviews, I'm gonna try it.

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Shagadelic that is an amazing before an after. Thanks for the tips guys. Obviously you can't polish out dents but is it possible to hide them at all? I was using a long wrench as a lever to bend the rack upward after it was rolled and it slipped and left an indent in the plastic. You guys are very knowledgeable. Thanks for all the help.
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