Thread Number: 37722  /  Tag: 50s/60s/70s Vacuum Cleaners
What product to use for shining up Convertible hoods
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Post# 402223   12/9/2018 at 09:50 by Gj3476 (Dallas,TX)        

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Happy Sunday! So I was wondering what’s the best product to use for shining up Hoover Convertible hoods to make them look like new? Thanks!

Post# 402228 , Reply# 1   12/9/2018 at 13:28 by Rowdy141 (United Kingdom)        

Polishes specifically made for plastics: Maguires, Novos, Turtle Wax, Polywatch, Mothers...
My personal recommendation is Abro Headlight Polish.
These will all remove fine scratches and ingrained dirt and discoloration.

The important thing to bear in mind is that Brasso, T-Cut, alcohols, or Acetone-based products are all way too harsh, and can totally ruin some plastics instantaneously!

Remember when LCD/LED TVs first hit the market? People used their bottle of Windex (Windowlene) and dissolved their screen on contact! Now they sell specific products for TVs.

Some so-called Polishes (Scratch Away) have built-in Rubbing Compounds and abrasive elements, these should be avoided too.

Don't be tempted to use whatever you have to hand at the back of the cupboard. It's worth taking the time, and paying the extra, to get the right product which will not harm plastics. Your car accessory store will stock a wide choice.

Finish with Carnuba Wax for a hard-shell, glossy shine that will protect and last.

This post was last edited 12/09/2018 at 19:48
Post# 402230 , Reply# 2   12/9/2018 at 13:49 by huskyvacs (Northern Indiana)        

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I remember that happened with my laptop in 2007. The ammonia in Windex dissolves the glossy surface of the screen.

Post# 402231 , Reply# 3   12/9/2018 at 14:02 by Rowdy141 (United Kingdom)        

Wow @Huskyvacs, that's an expensive lesson.
There was/is a product called Foamclean?, made by 3M, I think.
Its marvellous for all screens, keyboards, and textured plastics. It brings-up old and dirty crud to new. BUT its around £20 a can, if you can find it. We used to 'borrow it' from work!

Post# 402240 , Reply# 4   12/9/2018 at 17:36 by JustJunque (Western MA)        

For both of mine, I used some automotive white polishing compound for the heavier scratches, followed by Novus fine scratch remover.
Now, I can't remember what I used for a shine afterwards.
Pledge? Armor All? I forget now.
I have heard, like Alan said, that carnuba wax is good, but I've never tried it.


Post# 402268 , Reply# 5   12/10/2018 at 10:06 by bnsd60m9200 (Ponder,TX)        

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i just use turtle wax rubbing compound to cut (with a terry cloth) and turtle wax polishing compound after. its 9 bucks at oreilly's for each and a bottle will last the you at least a year or two. buff with a microfiber cloth. it will take some elbow grease with the terry cloth and rubbing compound if it's badly oxidized. but when you can see yourself in it, then it's a good result.

Post# 402285 , Reply# 6   12/10/2018 at 11:48 by vacuumdevil (Denver)        

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Headlight polish kit.

Post# 402430 , Reply# 7   12/11/2018 at 21:33 by Gj3476 (Dallas,TX)        

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This is what I used for polishing my Convertible 1020. Meguiar’s headlight polish and my stepdad’s best power drill with a applicator pad. What do y’all think? Shiny enough?

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Post# 402507 , Reply# 8   12/13/2018 at 12:42 by gsheen (Cape Town South Africa)        

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I sand them smooth with 400 -600 gritt water paper.
Then machine buff with a none stiched buffing wheel at about 800rpm,
You have to move fast or you can burn the surface.
I use various buffing soaps and end with a buffing creame

All polishes have abrasives in the, Thats how they polish ( sounds odd doesnt it ) The trick is knowing how to use them to get the results you want

Below is the red hood from my commercial Convertible, It was heavily sun damaged and faded with little shine

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Post# 402508 , Reply# 9   12/13/2018 at 12:43 by gsheen (Cape Town South Africa)        

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a few hours later

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Post# 402511 , Reply# 10   12/13/2018 at 13:10 by completenutt (West Hollywood, California)        
OMG, Gareth!

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What stunning results.  Well done!!

Post# 402513 , Reply# 11   12/13/2018 at 13:34 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
as you read this,

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my mouth is agape.

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