How to Properly Clean and Remove Scratches on your Gauge Lens
Important details like how much fuel you have left in the tank, how fast you are currently going, and the pressure of your tire can be checked just by glancing at your instrument panel. More than giving your car a sleek interior, scratch-free gauge lens provides a clear view of all the gauges, which should always be at your disposal. If you find yourself constantly doing double takes, your gauge lens may have scratches that should not be there in the first place. Before going ahead and replacing it altogether, try this easy DIY task that can extend the life of your lens.
Difficulty level: Easy
What you'll need:
- Paper towels
- Clean cotton cloths
- 2 containers filled with warm water
- Mild soap
- Plastic polishing compound
Step 1: Remove the gauge lens from the dashboard and use a damp paper towel to wipe off the dust.
Step 2: Mix some of the mild soap into one of the water containers, making sure that the soapy water you'll make is more soapy than watery. Only mild soap should be used because it contains little or no abrasives. Anything without harsh chemicals, chlorine bleach and silicate salts for example, is fine. This is because gauge lenses are made of plastic and are easily scratched.
Step 3: Take one of the soft cloths, dip it in the soapy water, and wring out any excess. Use the wet cloth to wipe down both sides of the lens gauge to remove any grease and dirt.
Step 4: Grab another soft cloth, this time dipping it in the bowl containing the plain water. Wring out the excess and use this to wipe the soap off the lens. Repeat this step until the lens is completely soap-free.
Step 5: Take a dry cloth and use it to towel off the gauge lens. If smudges form, apply a little pressure to remove them. Let it air-dry for a minute or two.
Step 6: While waiting for the lens to dry, add more water to the bowl filled with soapy water. The goal this time is to make it less soapy.
Step 7: Once the lens has dried completely, drop a small amount of the plastic polishing compound onto one of the dry, clean cloths and let the buffing commence! Target the scratches and buff them off the surface of the gauge lens. Do this with caution so as not to damage the lens even more.
Step 8: Every few minutes wipe off the scratch-removing polishing compound from the lens, before the compound dries out. Use a rag that has been dipped into the soapy water.
Step 9: Remove the soap using a rag dipped in the plain water, and then use one of the dry cloths to wipe it dry. Repeat steps 8-9 until the gauge lens become scratch-free.
Step 10: Clean the lens once more to remove any remaining compound. Wait until it's completely dry before installing it back. The whole process would take a couple hours tops until your gauge lens look brand spanking new.