Taillight assembly scratches

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  1. Desj06

    Desj06 Hellcat Member

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    This area of the car scratches so easy it's unreal. The center where the dodge lettering is, is the worst. Anyone have a solution to remove them before I go experimenting...
     
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    hair dryer and fishing line
     
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    Sorry I don't think I was very clear...I mean removing the scratches and swirls, not the actual lettering.
     
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    HellScoot Silver Member Hellcat Car Club HCC Charter Member

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    I would check with some of the detailers on the forum. Super light plastic cleaner then polish. Auto geek has some videos on this but it is for the lens but I assume the same applies to the plastic for the exterior.
     
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    you can't remove completely, but you can somewhat mask them, try meguire's plastic scratch remover.
    I had the foresight to clear vinyl mine when car was new :)
     
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    PlastX is available at Auto Zone and the like. Make sure the area is free from dust or you'll just be grinding it in.
     
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    What do you mean clear vinyl them? Spray with clear plasti-dip or something?
    cool thanks I will check that out. I was thinking something like Eastwood's 2k Clear sprayed in a booth.
     
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    Scratch-X will help, Use a DA 3" polisher as doing it by hand won't produce good results.
     
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    You can polish this area, it would be similar to polishing the actual tail lights. This area is susceptible to getting the same wash induced marring and scratches that the paint does.
    I think applying a protective film has been mentioned. You could get a local Xpel installer to custom cut and install a piece for that area.

    HUMP
     
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    i use plastX. and i apply by hand and it works good.
     
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    I had a work van detailed not long ago and the head light lens were foggy - The detailer sprayed them with bug repellant ( OFF) and used 600 grit plus sandpaper and wet sanded them then rinsed them with water. "OFF" blended the scratches in the plastic - no more foggy head lights and the yellow tint went away also-

    Do this at your own risk but I saw it work and I am a believer !
     
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    The sanding I agree with, but the "OFF" will degrade the lights over time. It is a quick fix and not a permanent one.

    Bug Spray "Trick" Vs. Headlight Lens Restoration Products
     
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    Thanks for the heads up on the bug spray- After my van was detailed I sold it shortly thereafter so I did not see the long term effects.

    Your posting was very clear on it -

    IgoFast
     
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    Be careful mine had scratches when I bought it. Dealer gave me replacement told me it cost $900.
     

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