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    Dash panel restoration warning

    I was just wondering if there is a way to put a warning on the dash panel restoration DIY thread. It's 62 pages long that can't be posted to anymore and the first warnings come about 10 pages into it. With dash panels becoming discontinued, it would suck to hear about them being ruined by goo gone. I was super paranoid about doing mine and even tested samples of the plastic before I started.

    The dash is actually made up of abs and ppe plastics depending on the piece, so it's not a one size fits all, as some things eat abs that won't eat ppe. I used isopropyl alcohol and took my time with paper towels after letting it soak for a bit. Better safe than sorry at $1000+ for a set. Just a heads up.
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    Agreed. Rubbing alcohol (or fingernail polish remover) and 00 steel wool is all that is necessary to get the OEM dash skin off the panels safely and quickly.
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    subd so i would remember to check it when it comes time to restore... and i also notice that threads that go into diy feels like it just disapears due to no traction in DIY section

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    #00 steel wool and rubbing alcohol, done a shit ton of sets like this.
    Gets it to the smooth plastic surface, sand, paint. Done
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    Quote Originally Posted by SlackJawOutlaw View Post
    #00 steel wool and rubbing alcohol, done a shit ton of sets like this.
    Gets it to the smooth plastic surface, sand, paint. Done
    Since you've done a bunch, what's the safest way to remove odo clear plastic without breaking? Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Golfer View Post
    Since you've done a bunch, what's the safest way to remove odo clear plastic without breaking? Thanks!
    Ive done masking and physically taking them off (they can brake due to age so caution). I like to take them off then glue them back on like stock, because masking is a pain due to the awkward shape. Xacto knife and some patience and you can mask them off. Just be careful not to cut the plastic (dont sneeze lol)

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    I used brake fluid on mine and it worked sweet. Safe on plastic too!

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    i masked off my odometer plastic with blue painters tape using an exacto knife but got a small amount of paint on it still. I ended up using a dremel and the wool polishing wheel with some meguiars plastic polish and took it right off.
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