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Old 06-21-2013, 11:06 AM
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Faded Hood Suggestions

I am picking this mower up today and the hood is faded on it and it is plastic. Everywhere else on the mower looks great. From my past experience this is normal sun bleaching and the plastic is usually died all the way through. Is there a polish or buffing compound that will bring it back to make it look respectable?
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Old 06-21-2013, 11:09 AM
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Try a Lil wax.
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Old 06-21-2013, 12:03 PM
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I will give it a shot, I have some gel coat buffer wax to if that doesn't work.
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Old 06-21-2013, 12:16 PM
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If wax wont work, spray it with some tire shine (foam) . Wont be permanent, but it will look nice.
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Old 06-21-2013, 12:44 PM
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That's a Deere Xenoy plastic hood, and I can tell you firsthand that Maguire's car cleaner followed by their car polish works great at restoring the shine.
Better yet, got to an O'Reilly's auto parts or somewhere similar and get some Kit Car Polish. It's what I've been using for years on mine to keep them looking new. That one is in bad shape and will never look new again, but it can be brought back a long ways with a few minutes of your time and some rubbing then buffing by hand. Just follow the directions on the bottles.
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Old 06-21-2013, 12:50 PM
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You'll have to watch the video from about 4:30 on.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQA3KOnqfaw

This technique seems to restore them to brand new.
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Old 06-21-2013, 04:54 PM
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I have got a hole gallon of acetone, and I also have KIT car wax in the shed, win win, lol.
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Old 06-21-2013, 05:57 PM
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I don't think I'd use acetone on that material personally. It would be too easy to mess it up, and the Kit works way to well not to use it.

Kit car wax isn't the same thing as their polish which comes in a bottle. Use the polish first, then the wax if you want to seal it better. The polish works amazingly well, and is so easy to use. Just rub it on, wait a few minutes for it to dry to a glaze, then wipe off. No buffing or rubbing needed to wipe it clean, but you do need some nice clean terry cloth or clean old T shirt material.

On a hood that bad, you will either need to rub a little harder when wiping it on, or do it a couple times, but either way that hood would only take about 15-20 minutes to do properly.
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