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    Well I goofed. I used superglue to attach clear plastic headlight covers on a new model, and one of them got fogged. I knew better from previous failures but I still didn't use the right glue.

    So I'm asking, humbly, if anyone knows of a way to fix this. I do have polishing compounds, but I don't have confidence they'll improve things. Or maybe I can apply something like a wax or clear coat.

    I can remove the part for cleaning. I'm pretty sure I can do that without damage.
    Last edited by HO RacePro; August 24, 2022, 04:01 PM.
    Ed Bianchi
    York Pennsylvania USA

  • #2
    Try some future floor polish, inside and out. May need several coats. Worked for me many times.
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    • #3
      Future brand floor polish appears to be out of production. I can only find 'new old stock' on eBay -- at nosebleed prices.

      Is there something like Future that is still being sold?
      Ed Bianchi
      York Pennsylvania USA

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      • War Eagle River
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        Not gone. I just bought some last week.

    • #4
      Pledge Floor Coating is the same product. Walmart and many other's have it.

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      • #5
        I use a product called modge podge clear gloss. It dries to a clear rubbery texture. It starts off like white glue, but as it dries it turns clear and almost invisible. Also it is easy to pull off if you have to and leaves both the car body and the lens unharmed A thin bead applied with a toothpick around the headlight opening is all that is required

        CA and clear parts are an accident waiting for a place to happen has been my experience.

        I have wet sanded clear parts using 1000 grit paper. Then as other have suggested, applied Future on both side to restore clarity. It never is as good as the original clear, but you can get to the point of being satisfactory
        Cheers

        Dan
        G.P Alberta

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        • #6
          This is what I use.

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          • HO RacePro
            HO RacePro commented
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            Found online. True?

            "For those who've been using Future/Revive It for gloss applications on their projects, it's apparently been confirmed that Johnson & Johnson has discontinued the product. A friend on a scale modeler group got this reply from J&J:

            "Thank you for reaching out! I’m sorry to share Pledge Floor Gloss is no longer being made. This product was discontinued in January of 2022. I recommend to check your local grocery stores where inventory may not be turned over as quickly. That said, your continued interest has been shared with the Pledge team."

            Checking on Amazon and eBay I find the product is available, but at the aforementioned "nosebleed prices".
            Last edited by HO RacePro; August 25, 2022, 07:26 AM.

        • #7
          Bought it at Walmart just last week.
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          • #8
            Ed,
            Don't buy any if you can wait until Saturday - I'll bring some! My treat!

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            • HO RacePro
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              Sure I can wait. Thanks!

          • #9
            And it was worth the wait!

            True to his word Dave brought a bottle of Pledge with him to my 'Test and Tune' session today. And, as advertised, it cleared up the 'fog' that superglue fumes inflicted on the headlight lens cover of a model I have been building. Lookee here!

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            And if you're wondering what the right glue is for assembling clear plastic parts, well, I know this one works...

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            So, thanks to Dave, Scott and the other good folks here at Home Racing World my model will look quite a bit nicer. Good job and happy me!
            Last edited by HO RacePro; August 27, 2022, 03:22 PM.
            Ed Bianchi
            York Pennsylvania USA

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            • War Eagle River
              War Eagle River commented
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              Great! I knew it would work. Been using it for decades!

          • #10
            I have about 3/4 of a bottle of Future left, so I guess that I am all set. I use Future to protect decals when I spray on a solvent based clear coat, then top off everything with Future. Lately I have skipped the Future and used Minwayx Ploycrylic, which is a water based clear that is quite durable. I don't know if Polycrylic would fix fogging and scratches. I use Testors Clear Parts Cement for windows and the like.

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