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Hello folks

I am refreshing the upper steering column (new bushings and repaint). The plastic escutcheons are in good shape (no scratches or cracks), but badly faded on the upper surface. I have tried using cutting compound to cut back to the original black with poor results. Are there any good plastic cutting/polishing compounds you guys have used? Or could I try a very fine wet and dry to cut back the surface and polish with cutting compound?

Regards

Craig

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The UV damage may be deeper than simple cutting can fix.  You don't have much to lose by trying more aggressive abrasives. I think I might even start with 220 or so and go finer from there.

Ed

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Or try one of the cheaply available plastic headlamp renovation kits

i tried this on the very tired looking headlamps of an old golf and it worked a treat.

there was sanding, compounding then sealing if i recall

 

steve

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Craig - I think you are talking about the  black plastic "cowls" which cover the mechanics of the indicator switch etc on the steering column  - if so, there are some very good paints which go happily on plastic and I bet you wouldn't be able  to tell the difference 

cheers

Rich

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4 hours ago, rcreweread said:

Craig - I think you are talking about the  black plastic "cowls" which cover the mechanics of the indicator switch etc on the steering column  - if so, there are some very good paints which go happily on plastic and I bet you wouldn't be able  to tell the difference 

cheers

Rich

+1. I used Rustoleum (I think) plastic paint and it’s lasted well. 

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Light sand with 1500 W/dry and then paint with black cellulose works a treat, then a very light polish with Tcut and re-apply the decals.

Stuart.

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Thanks all. Cutting compound seems to be working with more elbow grease. I'll also try the headlight restorer.

One other question - I've got the upper column back in, with side does the indicator cancelling clip fit on the shaft? With the ridge pointing towards the indicator switch or opposite?

 

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If I recall correctly, it should be in between the 2 spring loaded fingers of the switch, so pointing horizontal towards the indicator switch.

Waldi

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