Awe Man!

Discussion in 'Other Service and Maintenance' started by Ken S., Jan 3, 2009.

  1. Ken S.

    Ken S. Active Member

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    I just replaced my speedo with one I picked up from a swat meet. Works great. But, the dumb guy who had it wrote the price in magic marker on the glass/plastic face. Can't get it off.

    Tried goof off, alcohol, nada nothin'. any suggestions.

    Ken
     
  2. 2002SilverSurfer

    2002SilverSurfer Active Member

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    How about nail polish remover or even the acetone women use to get fake nail glue off??
     
  3. glider

    glider Veteran Member

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    Alcohol should remove it but if it is a glass lens which I doubt, lacquer thinners will remove it. If it is a plastic lens, the lacquer thinner will attack the plastic.
     
  4. Mattman4403

    Mattman4403 Junior Member

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    If it is plastic you may have to buff it off with some jewlers rouge.
     
  5. glider

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    Be very careful with anything that could be abrasive in the least on lenses. There is a hard coating much the same as on the windshields and once you go through it, you have to polish the rest off or it shows up.

    I always try a chemical removal on anything before resorting to an abrasive.
     
  6. STEVE07

    STEVE07 Well-Known Member Staff Member Super Moderators

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    There are various polishes made for acrylic headlights available at any auto parts store, they will remove the marker without distorting the image your speedo will be clear. I have also used these products to remove scratches in the windshield of my bike with no distortion when you look through it:)
     
  7. 2002SilverSurfer

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    Good call...I completely forgot about this stuff. I recently just did a set of headlights on a 2000 Mitsubishi Eclipse. You basically sand off the sealer on the plastic, clean it up real good, and then reseal it. It worked on car headlights that are plastic...although they are probably much thicker. I suppose if all else failed you could try it....

    I believe it was called Crystal View Headlight Restorer.....

    Oh and btw....this was my 100th post....who would of thunk it??
     
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  8. glider

    glider Veteran Member

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    Congrats on the 100th post. Keep it up.:D
     
  9. cdn-bigfoot

    cdn-bigfoot Junior Member

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    Simple Green all purpose cleaner.
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    I had black and blue Sharpie (permanent marker) all over the lockers in my garage. Tried everything, even auto body shop metal prep.

    When I was cleaning around the garage I hit some of the marker spots with Simple Green. I came back to the garage several minutes later and the ink had all run off the lockers. Paper towel just wiped it right off.
    Many bikers use Simple green as a presoak on their bikes before washing or just hosing off.
     
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  10. Ken S.

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    Thanks all. I'll try some of your suggestions.
    Ken