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stoltz
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rear cargo plastic

Postby stoltz » Mon Jan 05, 2009 11:30 am

Any suggestions on how to restore this plastic? I have tossed a few things in the back in the 2 months I have had the 05 Pathfinder. The plastic seems to scratch very easily.

Looking for any suggestions on restoring the plastic. I tried some armorall (sp?), but that didn't do anything.

Thanks


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MonkeyMike
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Postby MonkeyMike » Mon Jan 05, 2009 2:09 pm

the interior plastic is very soft. there is no way to "restore it". you can sand it and paint it, but the only way to get it to look new is to actually replace it.

eventually, you will have damage all over the inside rear of the truck. it just happens.

~mike

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Postby Pappy » Mon Jan 05, 2009 2:53 pm

Wallpaper

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Postby SHAWNATGERBROCK » Mon Jan 05, 2009 3:07 pm

Replace it all with new and put a Liner in ... Before I bought mine a friend had one and I hated that plastic that got all scratched up .... first thing I did was get a rubber liner for it ....

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Postby NVSteve » Mon Jan 05, 2009 4:31 pm

If mine ever gets to the point of being horrid to look at, I'll just remove all the cargo area panels & give them a coating of the bed liner stuff. So it may not have the plastic texture, but at least it won't have gashes, scratches or scuffmarks. Certainly a lot cheaper than replacing them with new panels.

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Postby GOTGOO » Mon Jan 05, 2009 4:58 pm

There are two things you can do. 1st is a heat gun and something to press with that has a light grain like 120 grit sandpaper. 2nd and also the fastest way is a propane torch not a big one and turn it on low then sweep across the scratched area. Both of these require you to be carefull not to hold heat in one spot to long. I do auto interior reconditioning for a living. Try it out some where unnoticeable to get a feel for it and the torch methed is not recommended to do while the panel is in the car. Hope it works out for you.

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Postby Npath » Tue Jan 06, 2009 12:45 am

GOTGOO wrote:There are two things you can do. 1st is a heat gun and something to press with that has a light grain like 120 grit sandpaper. 2nd and also the fastest way is a propane torch not a big one and turn it on low then sweep across the scratched area. Both of these require you to be carefull not to hold heat in one spot to long. I do auto interior reconditioning for a living. Try it out some where unnoticeable to get a feel for it and the torch methed is not recommended to do while the panel is in the car. Hope it works out for you.
Never thought of that, I'll try that when or if my plastic gets grooved up. Thanks for the tip.

Isn't 120 grit too course for smooth plastic? Would it all depend on the texture of the plastic?

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Postby Pappy » Tue Jan 06, 2009 1:02 am

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Postby [email protected] Gr33k » Tue Jan 06, 2009 9:44 am

That would suck. ^

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Postby GOTGOO » Tue Jan 06, 2009 3:17 pm

Dont use the grian side then if its smooth. Mine is carpeted in the rear. 120 grit was just an example. Like i said I wouldn't use the tourch inside the car unless you like pathy-toast!

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Postby Pappy » Tue Jan 06, 2009 5:42 pm

GOTGOO failed to mention that he makes a fair amount for restoring those scratched plastic panels however he makes the big bucks on total burned vehicles!!! LOL

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Postby GOTGOO » Tue Jan 06, 2009 11:06 pm

No, the real money is in leather/vinyl repair and alloy wheel repair if you know what your doing. I try not to mess with plastic scratches at my dealers to much of a pain. But if somebody wants to burn there car i'd like to see a video! lol I sugest the heat gun much safer! I just use a ''black and pecker'' heat gun from the home depot and i keep it on 1100*.

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Postby ColoradoPeople » Sat Oct 24, 2009 10:36 pm

Or do what we did and Rhino lined it. :-)


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