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Old 07-03-2012, 04:38 PM
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Default Hard Plastic Body Polish / Protector

What is the best option to bring the shine back to hard plastic car bodies? I have some older AFX, Tyco & LifeLike nascar bodies that are looking a little dull (they are still with the original numbers/sponsor decals). Again, these are not hand-painted bodies; they are in their original factory colors / plastic. Any sugestions would be appreciated.........
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Old 07-03-2012, 05:43 PM
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i bougfht a lexan/plastic polish off ebay for what your lookin for..Its called plastic polishing formula
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Old 07-03-2012, 05:56 PM
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A coat of Future can do wonders. I just brush on a couple of coats.
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Old 07-03-2012, 06:06 PM
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There is a product that is available at Al's Hobby in Elmhurst IL or Venture Hobbies in Wheeling IL called the Treatment. Put a dab on a terry cloth and polish in circular motion until the plastic is like a mirror. This is an excellent product and I believe it's a Chicago based company. I maybe from Jersey, but I'm born and raised in Arlington Hts. and I know all the hobby shops are.
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Old 07-03-2012, 09:55 PM
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Thanks for the suggestions. I have heard of Ultra Restore, and Future floor finish I did see mentioned in an older post, but I thought it was to protect already clean surfaces. But I have not tried either yet, so I will look into both. Al's Hobby's in Elmhurst, Il. is east of my location, and I have been there before. Never heard of "The Treatment"; going to have to pay them a visit as well. I assume then, that none of these will adversely effect the decals used by LifeLike on their older Nascar bodies?
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I got a tip from greenman to use automotive headlight lens polish. Gives a great shine to clearcoats. Id imagine it would work well on factory finishes, but ive never tried it for that purpose so I cant be certain.
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Old 07-04-2012, 05:13 AM
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If you use any sort of polish you may damage factory paint or decals. Use dishwashing liquid to remove any grime and then try Future.
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Old 07-04-2012, 07:54 AM
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Thanks for the suggestions. I have heard of Ultra Restore, and Future floor finish I did see mentioned in an older post, but I thought it was to protect already clean surfaces. But I have not tried either yet, so I will look into both. Al's Hobby's in Elmhurst, Il. is east of my location, and I have been there before. Never heard of "The Treatment"; going to have to pay them a visit as well. I assume then, that none of these will adversely effect the decals used by LifeLike on their older Nascar bodies?
Here's their web site. http://thetreatment.com/modelwax
As far as decals go, try a test spot and be gentle over them. I've never had a problem with decals, but Pad Printing, if your not careful you could wax them off. I've been using this product for over 20 years and the results have always been outstanding.

This is a car polished out using the Treatment Model Wax.
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Old 07-04-2012, 09:45 AM
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I am about to get an azz-kicking from Rich Dumas .....

I have just done what you are attempting with at least 4 different manufacturer's bodies . I agree you should not clean the bodies with anything stronger/more abrasive than an old soft toothbrush and some dish detergent . Even this can be an issue with the cars that have paper decals on them . I tried a number of products including Finesse-it , headlight polish , and Meguiar's plastic polish along with a number of hobby/model products . Some can be used successfully on some cars while all will remove some parts of the trim on others . Anywhere there is original paint work that doesn't have sharp edges any of these products will erode the thin sort of "fogged on" edges of the painted element . A couple of examples of definite areas you will damage are the side numbers on an AFX Ferrari 612 and the pale blue stripes on the RC Cola AFX 917 . A safer body to use these products on would be the black with red and Green AFX Escort . practically nothing will take the paint off that .
If you are desperate and have a stain in the plastic try a little Colgate toothpaste . Besides being the world's best glass cleaner it is also one of the finest abrasives you can buy . Use it sparingly and gently . If you use enough and scrub enough it will also find the thin paint areas but you have to be really scrubbing . Finally , as an act of pure desperation if you have a stain or an adhesive mark you can't get otherwise try 08984 3M Adhesive remover . Put the stuff on a Q-tip , then squeeze the q-tip nearly dry and go for it . DO NOT USE IT on stickers or painted areas it will remove the paint and damage the sticker . It will for instance though make the front radiator upper panel on an AFX 917-10 where the RC sticker used to be pristine white again . This is a material you practice with before you use it . When you get good with it you will find you can remove individual tampo markings without affecting the rest of the paint work . For instance , take the AFX's (Sorry Wahoo) off the TOMY FI body , replace them with the appropriate "Marlboro" logos paint the driver and Viola ! A Senna Marlboro McLaren .
Once you have the bodies cleaned up and are happy with the trim and condition clear coat them with Duplicolor Aluminum Wheel Paint . (obviously the clear , not the silver ) It is very durable , has a decent shine and so far i can tell you will go on over original AFX , older TYCO , Rokar , TOMY , Russell , and Matchbox paint and decals . I have also used it over at least Revell , Tamiya , Patto's , Microscale , Cartograf , Duhb ,and BSRT decals and stickers without issue .
Now , on to the Azz-kicking portion of the program ... despite Rich's best efforts I still haven't gone through the steps to allow me to post photos here . if you PM me with an e-mail address i will send you some photos so you can see the outcome .

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Durf, the PM is on it's way; thanks!
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Old 07-05-2012, 07:09 PM
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Hi Durf, just wondering who makes Duplicolor & where can it be found? Also when you used it on Pattos decals, had they been coated with Future finish first? I would be concerned about coating without Future first to seal them. Anymore info would be helpfull. Thanks, Keith
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There is a product that is available at Al's Hobby in Elmhurst IL or Venture Hobbies in Wheeling IL called the Treatment. Put a dab on a terry cloth and polish in circular motion until the plastic is like a mirror. This is an excellent product and I believe it's a Chicago based company. I maybe from Jersey, but I'm born and raised in Arlington Hts. and I know all the hobby shops are.
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porscheman, I found the product you mentioned ("The Treatment") at Walt's Hobby in Crestview (near Joliet). I got both versions: 1.Paste; 2.Spray. The owner said that product is very popular with modelers in general and HO train owners. He mentioned it won't hurt painted surfaces (unless one over polishes the surface), but it could cause damage to unprotected decals. Will give it a try this weekend on some spare bodies. Thanks again to all respondents; I'm going to test the others as well.......
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I've been using the "Treatment" for over a decade...I use the paste version and it works well on stock factory paint jobs and leaves a nice shine. If you use it on a painted body I would suggest that you wait at least two weeks after the paint has fully cured....I normally wait two months just to be safe....
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I've been using the "Treatment" for over a decade...I use the paste version and it works well on stock factory paint jobs and leaves a nice shine. If you use it on a painted body I would suggest that you wait at least two weeks after the paint has fully cured....I normally wait two months just to be safe....
Thanks for the additional info, especially regarding delaying use on painted bodies. You have been most helpful, JLM Racing!
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Old 07-07-2012, 09:18 AM
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porscheman, I found the product you mentioned ("The Treatment") at Walt's Hobby in Crestview (near Joliet). I got both versions: 1.Paste; 2.Spray. The owner said that product is very popular with modelers in general and HO train owners. He mentioned it won't hurt painted surfaces (unless one over polishes the surface), but it could cause damage to unprotected decals. Will give it a try this weekend on some spare bodies. Thanks again to all respondents; I'm going to test the others as well.......
Speedhoppy,
Let me know how it comes out. There another products I forgot all about and that is Novus 1 clean and shine, 2 polish, 3 compond. This product is specially made for restoring plexiglas and plastic finish. They come in 8oz spray bottles. Novus #2 is the same as Bare Metal Foil Polish, which can rub out a Testors Lacquers within a day of painting. There isn't any wax in #2 or Bare Metal Polish, so 2nd coats of paint can be added after polishing. If you go with Novus, I would stick #1 or #2, there the best for models. Novus can be found at glass stores or stores that sell plexiglas. I haven't seen it at Lowes or HD though.
Just a couple more excellent products.
Al
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