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Old 11-09-2008, 01:06 PM
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Is there any way to do this? I've tried many cleaners - glass plus - etc......
Or should I just replace next year? Right now it's like trying to see through cardboard - previous owner never cleaned or maybe it's just old.

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Old 11-09-2008, 01:29 PM
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I meant to say Eisenglass.......
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I forget the name of the stuff but you can go to a Jeef supply website like 4wheelparts.com or quadratech.com and get the soft top glass polish. Will proabably be cheaper than marine versions and be the same thing. Depending on how bad it is, you might still be able to save it.
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The best product I've found is Meguiar's Clear Plastic Cleaner. It's a spray that comes in a white bottle. It works very well for me, and I've been using it for 3 years.
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When I take mine down for the season, I bring it home and wash with Woolite, rinse and dry with a chamois. Then I apply Imar cleaning spray, buff it off and lightly roll for the winter. Clear as glass! (pun intended)
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Depending what other cleaners you have tried, it may be ruined for good. These plastics have to be treated with care, the finest spec of grit or the wrong cleaner can raise heck with them. If it is discolored into the plastic to a light tan, nothing can save it now. There are several good cleaners and the Maguiar's mentioned is a good one but contains fine abrasives. Some swear by Plexus. After trying them all I like the Armada 210 best but they are probably all pretty good and made for cleaning this product. There is also a light scratch and heavier scratch remover version made by Novus that is very good for removing scratches. Much like compounding gelcoat, these cleaners have very fine abrasives and actually take the base down to the level of the scratch. Only use the polish if you are scratch free. Due to the cost of these marine plastics it may be worth a try to work on one piece before you give up. I like to use 100% cotton towels or micro fiber polishing cloths, no sponges, rags etc and nothing touches the plastic that has been used for any other cleaning purpose. All it takes is even a piece of hardened salt to scratch,,,,,treat them like a paint job on a Ferrari. Use polishers/cleaners with abrasives only when you have scratches, use abrasive free cleaners when the plastic isn't scratched, same mentality as paint jobs, use the least abrasive that gets the job done. Another thing to look for in these products is UV protectants which prevents the browning damage you are seeing.

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Novus cleaner then Novus polish. Works great. Besides using the right cleaners and polishes, I use only fresh water and a shammy. The wrong stuff will ruin your enclosure in one step. What a bummer when that happenss!
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Whether you clean up your existing stuff or buy new, from that point on, ALWAYS coat the eisenglass with 303.

It's a protectant with UV inhibitor.

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Plexus Has always worked the best for our curtians.....Mark
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Thanks to all that replied!
Plexus was one of the products I tried - It worked great for the areas that were still clear but I think the rest of the plastic is toast from what I've read here. I guess it's a new enclosure next spring.
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I was going to go with Plexus, but I decided to try Klear-to-sea, which was much cheaper and recommended by a guy shopping in the same aisle as me. I think it did a great job- wife hit the enclosure twice on the inside and out and it appears to have made my scratches less noticeable.
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Found this by accident, I was at witts end trying to get my very old abused plastic clean -
it had turned that brownish color and I was desperate to try anything ...
MEGUIARS one step clean and wax

UNBELIEVABLE results ... took the brown out and left them pretty clear.

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OK - I'll try it.
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The Novus products work great! With the varying degrees of scratches and using the right products and following up with the cleaner/polish the results are amazing! People have even come by and commented asking if I replaced the plastic. This stuff is going on 6 yrs old now. I think I'm gonna try the 303 protectant suggestion for next year.
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