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So I am repainting my XC and the trunk tail light lens needs attention. It was oxidizing and had a lot of scratches from use. I wish I had a before pic but I didnt think of posting this until it started working so well and I thought you all might want to see this. I know some may get it already and I hope its not a redundant post. here goes..

I started with 1000grit wet dry then I went to 2000 wet dry.
I then used the glaze and it buffed up super nice. If i found other scratches I thought i could sand out the I would repeat. I have one thats to deep you can see on the left. no big deal. it all worked out well. very happy with it.

FYI the stuff on the far right is from Sams. Its a grill cleaner. I grabbed this from the kitchen and just wanted to see how good it cleans. WOW the chrome really likes it. It really pops the chrome nice.
 

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to be clear. i used cleaner on chrome and plastic. use at your own discretion. it took wax residue off plastic parts. seems ok. never used it on painted surfaces.
 

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The oven cleaner reminded me of how I took the old pinstriping painted on to my car. It was already partially gone; likely due to being buffed out at some point. The trick to taking the rest off was Easy Off oven cleaner. The industrial strength and some gray Scotch Brite pads.

Spray the Easy Off on then wait 10 minutes then use the pads. Repeat as necessary. Still took some elbow grease but in the end it worked when nothing else would including acetone and paint thinner.

And you thought Easy Off was just for ovens!
 

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Oven cleaner is often recommended for removing things stuck to exhaust pipes. I see plenty of posts praising it but never had to use it myself.
 

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I've used oven cleaner to get melted/burned on crud off of my chrome pipe shields. This includes wayward plastic bags as well as cheap rain gear such as the paper-like Frogg Toggs. I have always been careful to put cardboard and/or aluminum foil protective sheets behind whatever chrome part I am cleaning since I've heard that oven cleaner will not hurt chrome but will damage paint. I can personally attest that it does not hurt chrome but I've never gotten any on painted surfaces so I do not know if the rumor that it will damage paint is correct or not.
 

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If left on; the oven cleaner will damage paint. In my case there was hand painted pinstriping on top of the clear coat so there was a buffer/sacrificial clear coat (as long as I was careful) to protect the base coat underneath the clear coat.

That's why they say to leave it on for 10 minutes then wipe, or if necessary, scrub it off. I found the gray Scotch Brite to be the best because it's the least abrasive. The red might work but then the clear coat might be scratched through the clear coat and the green will definitely ruin the paint. I even tried to use a Mr. Eraser because it's not very abrasive either. In my case the striping was probably 20 years old and very set in but some of it did wipe right off. On a new car with new pinstriping I doubt anything other than a solvent like paint/lacquer thinner and a micro-fiber cloth would be needed. As the guy in this video says; the warm summer sun probably helped too.

 

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Guys - please don't so anywhere near your paintwork or any other finish that you cherish, with oven cleaner.

The active ingredient in it is caustic soda - harsh is an understatement!

Just sayin'.

Russ.
 

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Yep; that's why you only use it on paint to take an overlay of paint off. Nothing else works as well. Well; nothing anyone I know of has found yet anyway. There is a thing called an eraser wheel that might work but it's difficult to keep from going through the clear coat below the paint you're trying to remove.

I used Q-Tips to put it on the thin line of pinstriping. It worked well. First I sprayed the Easy Off into a small plastic cup so I could simply dip it with the Q-Tips and kind of paint it on over the pinstripe. It will eat through paint, which is the point of doing this, so no more than 10 minutes at a time and not too much pinstripe at a time either. I guess small paint brushes would also work.
 
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