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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-10-2002, 06:11 PM Thread Starter
 
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Mirror Polishing How-To

I just spent all of sunday and part of today washing and detailing my car. Something that always bothered me were the ugly dull black mirrors. I found a way to bring them back to Brand New status. Here's How:

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Required Items:

*Color Back Finish Restorer (Made by Turtlewax)
*Any good Carnuba Wax (I use Meguiar's)
*Finish 2001, Armor All, or Similar Product
*Soft Terry Cloth Auto Sponge (You can cut up an old sweatshirt as well) The softer the better.

Process:

Wash and Dry the car thoroughly.

Park it in the shade, if the plastic is hot, don't do this.

Cut the bottom off a disposable plastic cup, you need no more than half an inch.

Add equal parts Color Back Restorer and Carnuba Wax into the cup bottom. A teaspoon of each should be enough. Mix well.

Spread a small amount onto your cloth or sponge. You want about an area the size of a Quarter. Using small circular motions start anywhere on the black plastic if the mirror and start polishing. Don't stay in one spot too long or you'll scratch it up. If it starts to dry up, dip it back into the polish and keep moving.

If you want to you can try it on a test area first.

When you've finished one mirror put some Finish 2001 or Armor All and a light, thin coat of just Carnuba Wax onto another area of the cloth and moisten the entire mirror body. Wipe dry and you're done.

If you want to see the full effect, do only one mirror and take a few steps back. Pull the car into a sunny area and your jaw will drop. The difference is huge.

This works on most hard plastic areas of the car, do not use it for the rubberized parts.

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Question: Does the 1st Gen cars have a smooth finish on the mirrors? I ask because the 2nd Gen have a moled in grain texture, so it's not a smooth painted finish. It's molded in black plastic. I'm wondering if this will work on 2nd Gen mirrors.

Do you think this would work on the black panels seperating the windows on the front and rear doors? Mine are looking a little shabby. Thety seem to stain really easy (anyone else have this problem?)
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I haven't seen the 2nd gen mirror plastic up close but the 1st gen is smooth plastic. The doors have plastic trim that this works on too.

If it's heavily textured then some plain Armor All should take care of it.

This should work for any smooth plastic on the car. Just make sure to test it in a hidden area first.
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