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How to remove scratches from plastic?
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Post# 151756   9/17/2011 at 19:21 (4,550 days old) by Oreck_XL (Brooklyn, New York 11211)        

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I saw an ad in the paper today for a tag sale which told visitors to bring flashlights and gloves, lots of old stuff which piqued my interest. I wasn't really wowed by anything in the house but I surmised it was owned by an elderly couple who either passed on or moved to assisted living. There were a few modern vacuums for sale, but I did find a Hoover Concept U3101. I found a clear vinyl Hoover cleaning tools bag in the basement, so I guess at one point in time they had either a Convertible or a Dial-A-Matic. Anyway, the Concept was covered in dust, and the people running the sale asked "wouldn't you prefer one of the other vacuums upstairs?" Of course, I wanted the Concept, especially since the U3101 was one of the first so for $5.00 I bought it. I cleaned off the surface dirt with some Windex, and some of the rust spots came off the handle with Nev-R-Dull, but I was wondering what would be the best way to remove the scratches from the base? The blue plastic has somewhat yellowed so I'd like to try and remove that too if possible. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

- Hershel


Post# 151760 , Reply# 1   9/17/2011 at 20:36 (4,550 days old) by kenkart ()        
One Word!

BRASSO!!!!

Post# 151761 , Reply# 2   9/17/2011 at 20:58 (4,550 days old) by 1926700 ()        
no on the brasso....

although great for kirbys.....

 

the awnser is Soft Scrub and a scrubby or comet, or a wet brillo pad....

 

you only want to use the brillo pad if you doing this IN the sink with the plastic parts under warm running water.....and same for bumpers and cords.....the comet or soft scrub is more for dry use...meaning just small touch up areas that your not going to disassemble the entire machine for.....Hope this helps!


Post# 151778 , Reply# 3   9/18/2011 at 02:27 (4,550 days old) by gsheen (Cape Town South Africa)        

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actually brasso is a wonderfull plastic polish it removes the fine scratches and give a shine like no other , use a buffing wheel with some buffing soap first or rubbing compound and car polish . we use it as a final polish on all the vacuums we polish up in our shop , check out my post on polishing a dyson you will see how well it works



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