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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-08-2014, 11:04 PM Thread Starter
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Best way to clean instrument cluster?

I bought. '92 VN a few months back and have been slowly bringing it back to life. I'm working on re-wiring most of the bike now and pulled the instrument cluster apart today. The tach and speedometer have a bit of rust on them, what's the best way to clean / remove it?

Also, the panel where the cluster lights (turn signal, oil, neutral, etc) is pretty bad. The plastic over the lights is extremely foggy looking, most of the lettering worn away. I'm not too concerned about the letters, but is there anyway to clear these lenses up?

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Lenses clean up nicely with the plastic headlight refurbishing kit. as for the rust on the outside of the speedo and tach rings, use fine steel wool fallowed by chrome polish... or do like most of us did and just tape off the rings after sanding down the rust and squirt some paint on them.
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They look pretty good painted, I went with Silver metallic when I did mine.

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I think I'll go with paint, that definitely looks much better. I'll give it a good sanding beforehand.

I'm going to give this kit a try as far as cleaning the plastic lenses - hopefully it works out.

http://www.amazon.com/3M-39008-Headl.../dp/B001AIZ5HY
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thats the stuff I was talking about Kagaku...

be sure to sand the gauges before you paint them.
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I think I'll go with paint, that definitely looks much better. I'll give it a good sanding beforehand.

I'm going to give this kit a try as far as cleaning the plastic lenses - hopefully it works out.

http://www.amazon.com/3M-39008-Headl.../dp/B001AIZ5HY
They aren't glass? I use Meguair's plastic polish on a lot of things. It works really well and helps nourish dried plastic for lack of a better word. I'm sure the 3M kit will work well too

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They aren't glass? I use Meguair's plastic polish on a lot of things. It works really well and helps nourish dried plastic for lack of a better word. I'm sure the 3M kit will work well too
The 3m kit is for plastic headlight lenses. same stuff I use for my car, truck, and quads.. works great on plastic... not so much on glass..
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