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post #1 of 37 (permalink) Old 11-17-2009, 11:45 AM Thread Starter
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I recently bought a 06 foreman that had some pretty worn plastics, nothing bad just had totally lost its luster and shine, while amour-all and wax helped a little it still looked dull , so after some research I tried this, first totally clean your atv, remove all the dirt and oil, and wax, then genlty sand out the deep scratches with utra fine sandpaper followed by 0000 steel wool, once all the scrtaches are removed or diminished, dont panic your plastic will look pretty bad at this point, remove all the sanding dust and cleans and dry the plasic, now with a small clean wax applicater or small terry cloth towel swath start applying Holloway House Quick Shine( availble at walmart) its an acrilic floor restorer that really sticks to the plastic and creates a tough shiny finish. plan on applying several coats, I put about 8 coats on mine, the product drys quick so by the time you get one coat one its time to apply another, you can use a heat gun to speed the process, after the 3rd or fourth coat you will be feeling better! and the plastic will begin to look new again, the more scratched up it is the more cats it takes. After youve reached the desired shine its time for the most important step, after the finish totally drys (20-30min)
wax the entire surface with a high quality car wax(cleaner wax) this will cut down the surface like rubbing compound on clearcoat and make the finish shine like crazy and increase the color depth, really rub it well and you will be in awe of the results, you should now have plastic that looks better than new and has a tough finish( this stuff is made to walk on) heres a pic of mine after process, good luck [attachment=1513:IMG_0240.JPG]
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post #2 of 37 (permalink) Old 01-13-2010, 03:32 PM
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WOW looks good, ill be doing this to my Rancher and my Rincon this weekend

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did it to mine and holy cow looks like brand new, minus a few scratches but what i couldnt sand out i used a heatgun (not recommended DO NOT TRY IT AT HOME I am not responsible for any melted fenders!) and filled it the rest of the scratches

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Hey is it still shiny,its been about 3 months hows it looking?

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post #5 of 37 (permalink) Old 02-02-2010, 06:23 PM
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I shined mine up this same way. It is shiney, but not very durable. I put 8 coats of the stuff on and used a good cleaner wax also.
But it does look better than it did.

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Another thing that works well as a preventative is Rain-X Put an application of that on after you wash and wax or armorall. It sheds off alot of the dirty water that when sitting dries and leaves spots everywhere.


For the wheels on dry summer days (I still do this on my pedal bikes), use static guard. Just spray some on and let it dry. It works great until its overwhelmed with dust, preventing it from sticking to the wheel. Even after it breaks down and dust starts sticking, it aids in removal of the dirt with a cloth. Much easier than just wiping it off with nothing on them!

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And there you go!!!

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post #8 of 37 (permalink) Old 02-06-2010, 05:32 PM
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QUOTE (wydglide @ Jan 31 2010, 10:14 PM)
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Hey is it still shiny,its been about 3 months hows it looking?

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When you posted that it isn't very durable, what happened to the finish shine? Does it wear off when washing, muddin ect?

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Sanding with 2000 grit really helped with all the scratches...and after about 8 coats and some wax and a lot of rubbing the quad really came back to life... Durable? My son took it out right after that and got some mud on it and we washed it with water... It seems to hold up pretty good .. but will have to see once it really gets dirty and I have to clean it..

Great tip with the sanding though... really makes a difference and finish off with the 0000 steel wool.. does good
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how well would this work on a '96 Foreman... Mine is faded a bit.
any ideas to restore the plastic on faded plastics?
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