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 Post subject: Windex killed my cluster
Posted: Tue May 31, 2005 12:17 am 
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Well, not literally :)

I was cleaning my car the other day, naturally the outside was all nice and clean so I thought I'd attack the interior with some windex to clean up the interior glass (which was noticable dirty)

I directly sprayed the plastic covering the cluster, and as it was drying, I noticed the inside of the plastic of the cluster was weird. Hard to describe, but it's almost as if water is trapped and stuck on the plastic on the inside. Kinda like it's foggy.

How do I fix this? Do I have to rip the plastic bit off, and give it a proper wipe over and put it back on? If so, how do I remove the cluster enough to take out the plastic covering?

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Posted: Tue May 31, 2005 12:24 am 
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mine did the same thing and unfortuneately, wiping the inside of it was no help :(

 

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Posted: Tue May 31, 2005 12:36 am 
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You will require a new cluster casing...
Ive been meaning to get one for a while now but havnt had the motorvation yet as mine isnt that bad, barely noticable, unless to me as im 230% picky as lol!

 

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Posted: Tue May 31, 2005 1:51 am 
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I have had this problem with other clear plastics and it is caused by the chemicals in windex (ammonia?) attacking the plastic. Didn't bother me too much when it happened as it was not the plastics lens on the instrument cluster and i didn't have to look at it all the time.

Although i haven't tried it on the instrument cluster lens, one possible way to clean the 'fog' may be to use 'plexus' plastic polish available from Burson auto parts at around $10.

Remove the cluster and then remove the lens from the cluster. Rather easy with an EF but don't know what type of car you own. Just remove the dash surround (6 screws and a 7 plugs to disconnect) and then the cluster (4 screws and 2 plugs to disconnect) and then remove the lens by carfully pusing on the clear plastic clips around the perifiry (sp?) of the lens. Spray with Plexus and polish with a clean soft cloth and then reassemble everything. QED :)

Plexus works well on most clear plastics including scratched sun glasses. It is also the prefered polish when doing the final polish after sanding the crap off the EF headlights (using very fine grit sandpaper).

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Posted: Tue May 31, 2005 2:02 am 
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hey guys to solve the cloudy problem on ur cluster use gumption. Get it at coles are woolworthes.
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Posted: Tue May 31, 2005 2:29 am 
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haha man, gumption fixes everything!

 

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Posted: Tue May 31, 2005 3:03 am 
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What the HELL is that on the top of your boot?!

I call it Blasphmey.

 

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Posted: Tue May 31, 2005 8:18 am 
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lol he keeps getting asked that, and keeps promising to toss it when he gets a new bootlid, but we havent seen any action yet

 

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Posted: Tue May 31, 2005 10:37 am 
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My wifes cluster in her lancer had alot sratches on it from people not cleaning it very nicely, so I used autosol and polished it up came up very nicely.

 

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Posted: Tue May 31, 2005 10:45 am 
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when you get it off try car polish cos that gets all fine s**t off easy.

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Posted: Tue May 31, 2005 11:54 am 
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Gumption will fix it. GUmption fixes everything.
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Posted: Tue May 31, 2005 2:15 pm 
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We can Supply new lenses for $36

 

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Posted: Tue May 31, 2005 3:36 pm 
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If its been caused by the ammonia in windex, then anyone else considering cleaning their cluster, use a non-ammonia type window cleaner, such as Armorall glass Cleaner. Better for cars anyway as ammonia will also destroy window tinting.

 

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 Post subject: Re: instrument cluster
Posted: Tue May 31, 2005 6:54 pm 
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samsEL wrote:
hey guys to solve the cloudy problem on ur cluster use gumption. Get it at coles are woolworthes.


Umm, what is it? As in, What isle in Coles would I find it.

How do you remove this piece of plastic in question? I've never dismantled my dash! :)
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 Post subject: Re: instrument cluster
Posted: Tue May 31, 2005 7:00 pm 
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Bangers wrote:
samsEL wrote:
hey guys to solve the cloudy problem on ur cluster use gumption. Get it at coles are woolworthes.


Umm, what is it? As in, What isle in Coles would I find it...


Umm, It's a cleaning Product, try the Cleaning Isle lol?

btw: mines more spots than a smudge, n ive tried many cleaners and nothing will get it out, rather just order new one for ~$36.00.. lol

 

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