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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old May 26th, 09, 10:50 PM Thread Starter
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Re: removing old overspray from plastic tail light lenses

I did a couple of searches, but didn't find anything on this.



I have a vintage travel trailer that the previous owner painted and got some overspray on the tail light lenses and the side marker lenses, the paint is ~10 years old. What is the best way to remove this without damaging the very hard to replace lenses? Rubbing compound? I have no body/paint experience... should I take them to a body shop? TIA!

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old May 26th, 09, 11:45 PM
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Re: removing old overspray from plastic tail light lenses

I've had some reasonable results by using a "Cleaner" type car wax. There must be just enough volatiles in it to remove paint spray. I'd still check/test on a corner 1st!!

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Re: removing old overspray from plastic tail light lenses

Ron, are they plastic? If so, try a clay bar or sand them with 400 or smoother then polish them with plastic polish. Sears used to sell a plastic polish kit for not too much money.

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Re: removing old overspray from plastic tail light lenses

What T-Man said. And if you want to polish them click here

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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old May 27th, 09, 10:00 PM Thread Starter
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Re: removing old overspray from plastic tail light lenses

Thanks guys.

Tom, yes, plastic. I will check out Sears, but they do not have any where near the selection of goods that you guys get south of the border. e.g. Sears Canada doesn't sell timing lights

Good polishing job Brad, thanks for the link!

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Do not use laquer thinner.

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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old May 27th, 09, 10:05 PM
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Re: removing old overspray from plastic tail light lenses

If you sand them they'll be tough to polish. Just use oven cleaner. It's slow but it will cut the paint without harming the plastic.

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Re: removing old overspray from plastic tail light lenses

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What T-Man said. And if you want to polish them click here

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I polish EVEYTHING now. I used that method on all my plastic parts, hell the wifey likes to polish her DVD's...

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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old May 27th, 09, 10:55 PM
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Re: removing old overspray from plastic tail light lenses

I 2nd the clay bar! Non-destructive and it pulls paint overspray and imbedded grime out.

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