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Old 09-06-2009, 07:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Remove scratches on the hard plastic of the interior?

I guess I'm in scratch mode...grrr..noticed an abraded area on the interior hard plastic, down on the left side from the gear shift area (by upper right leg) - does anyone know if there is a way to remove or smooth this out (heating and pressing the shreds down??). In my other cars I have just assumed there is no help when the hard plastic interior is scratched so have not tried, but with the new Sol I can't leave it like that Let me know if you know of any procedures..

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Old 09-09-2009, 12:01 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Same here........
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Old 09-09-2009, 02:41 PM   #3 (permalink)
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My mechanic friend told me to take a lighter to the place and rub it out with your finger just be care not to heat it up too long or it will burn. The trick took care of the few scratches on my waterfall door.
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Old 09-09-2009, 03:31 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Just cover every parts in the Solstice interior with vinyl and/or leather. That's what I'm planing to do. The hardest part is to remove every pieces without breaking any, but it ain't that hard to cover and reassemble. I did it with my old Trans-Am and I love it!
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Old 07-10-2010, 06:31 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I am in the same boat getting scuffs/small scratches What is the best cleaner and/or scratch remover. Thanks
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Old 07-10-2010, 08:26 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I have (at least partially) fixed a few of mine using a heat gun. Must NOT apply too much heat (or too long) or you'll make it worse, but if you do it right you can considerably reduce the visibility of the scratch/scrape.

Many/most of the hard plastic pieces are pretty cheap to replace too, so if you have bad scratches (or mess up the fix) you can look into new parts. For example, there's a catalog at: GMGenuineParts.net but many other online parts places do this too, so look around for cheapest price (incl shipping).
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Old 07-10-2010, 08:40 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I had a couple om my drivers side door panel. I searched back on Solstice Forum and someone suggested shoe polish. I tried it and it worked!! Probably depends on the scratch but for mine I was very happy with the outcome.
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Old 07-10-2010, 08:42 AM   #8 (permalink)
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You can buy a new front console cover for not a lot. I did and had it painted gloss black. Looks great on my car. I actually have two spares, one black, one tan
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Old 07-10-2010, 10:31 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Our friends at JPM Interiors have a all kinds of covering solutions. Check out their website.
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Old 07-10-2010, 02:29 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I just replaced the section that holds the cup holder. Took about an hour to replace. I got a pretty good gash on the passenger side a few months back. Was driving me nuts. So i went on Ebay an found the piece for 20.00 plus shipping.
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Old 07-10-2010, 03:47 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I have (at least partially) fixed a few of mine using a heat gun. Must NOT apply too much heat (or too long) or you'll make it worse, but if you do it right you can considerably reduce the visibility of the scratch/scrape.

Yep.. That would be my "try it first" before thinking of a larger more involved or expensive fix..

And as far as cleaning I love the meguiars pro-line stuff.. #39 to clean and Hyperdressing to dress(you get this stuff and cut it down to what you want) anything from super sticky gloss to just a flat/satin finish.. I personally like clean without shine..


<notation I do have a personal connection with meguiars, and have been to their shop to learn how to detail so take my opinion for what you will>
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Old 07-12-2010, 02:11 PM   #12 (permalink)
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If you're very careful, you can take a heat gun (works just like a hair dryer) and focus it on the area until it gets hot... but NOT enough to damage or melt the area.

Then, as you make a couple of passes, use a metal spoon to try to smooth it down.

You can also take a piece of emory paper, or a small file and try to work it down that way, being extra careful not to scratch any area around it.

A metal spoon will work well because nothing will stick to it, but it will help.


Be careful not to cause more damage than what's already there.
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I had scuffs on extra door panels I bought. Looked into it and found an outfit that basically heated and custom dyed the scuffs. Lokks grat... can't tell they were there and no extra care needed
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Old 07-13-2010, 08:01 AM   #14 (permalink)
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This isnt the best picture but you can see the painted front console. Used to be black plastic, now its gloss black with silver metal flake. Same as the stripes.
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Old 07-30-2010, 10:30 AM   #15 (permalink)
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I tried the lighter trick as mentioned above and it didn't work too well. But it might have been me not wanting to leave the flame on it too long and I just wasn't getting a good enough "melt" on it.

I'll have to give it another go.
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