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I *may* have found a good way to re-finish weathered plastic cladding but I'm leery to try it out all over yet. About 6 months ago I found I had some tar splashed up on the grey plastic lowers that we all know become weathered and blotchy. Well I cleaned the tar off with some nail polish remover of my wifes. Low and behold the patch I cleaned is a nice deep clean grey, like it were new again. And, it has remained that way for the last 6 months through many washings, hot summer and mud etc.

So, has anyone else ever heard of this as a viable solution to faded blotchy plastic? Should I run out and buy a 2 liter of nail polish remover? lol
I imagine that it takes a small layer of plastic off which is why it leaves a nice new finish but still retains the texture etc.
Good? Bad? Stupid? Any opinions or anyone who has heard of this?
 

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Nail polish remover is Acetone, with some scented oil added. :)

Acetone in large quantity can be purchased at a hardware store. Useful in small quantities, it is a raw chemical combination. Do not leave it on the surface of your cars' finish to air dry. It can and will eat the paint off, dissolve plastic and other things it comes into contact with. :shock:

A word of caution: It is highly flammable. Do not rub a large area with a large quantity. It will ruin anything it come into contact with, including your lungs. Be careful, don't breathe the fumes as it will literally dissolve your brain when the blood carries it there.

That is just off the top of my head, read the lable for actual cautionary notes. ;)
 

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All true. But, almost any car product is a chemical reaction. This one just happens to melt stuff. But, the fact that it dissolves a small layer of plastic is what makes it work and make the plastic look new I guess. But yeah, I wouldn't use it on any paint that's for sure. lol And yeah, I washed it off immediately. It does evaporate fast though and doesn't dissolve my wifes hands if she doesn't wash them after. ;p
 
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