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Piaf posted on Wed, May 28 2014 10:52 PM

I have noticed that some of my six Beogram dustcovers, although ranging from good to excellent condition felt a bit rough, so it was time to get out my “secret weapon” Meguiar’s Plastk Clear Plastic Cleaner & Polish. This is a fantastic automotive care product that I have enjoyed great results in keeping my car’s plastic headlight covers looking virtually new.

 

Today I was nothing short of stunned at the remarkable improvement in the dustcover appearance and feel. I have talked about this product previously, but in case anyone missed it, this is just too good not to share.

 

The pristine dustcovers now look and feel NEW and the ones with mild abrasions just gleam in the sunlight…. and sunlight shows up every tiny imperfection.

 

I went on to try the Plastk Cleaner & Polish on the plastic panel on my Beomaster 2400 as well as the clear plastic sliders on the Beomaster 4400. Just FANTASTIC results.

 

Being on a roll I thought I’d just give this product a try on a couple of those pesky little nicks and abrasions on the aluminum panels on the Beomaster 4400….. and it worked.

 

Keep in mind this 4400 was a dirty amplifier when it arrived here and I used all the expected cleaners to get it in the shape it has been in for the last two years.

 

However there were several scuffs and a few nicks that stubbornly refused to respond to Windex, Fantastic, or even Old English furniture polish. But they did with the Plastk Cleaner Polish.

 

Being an old salesman, I am a firm believer in never “over-promising,” so can this product restore a badly scratched dustcover? No. That will either require the services of Leslie, or DIY with a lot of wet sanding.

 

Also although the Plastk Cleaner & Polish did completely remove about 6 aluminum blemishes that all my other clearers failed to address, it didn’t remove all of them. Some it merely lightened or made less noticeable, but heck, that IS an improvement. It seems this product removes the trapped dirt in a nick and then leaves a light polish which makes for a more pleasing appearance.

 

Jeff     

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Jeff replied on Thu, May 29 2014 1:30 AM

Good recommendation, thanks! I was looking at my Beogram the other day and thinking that it had some dirt buildup that could be improved upon of if its to look it's best. I'll have to give this a try.

Jeff

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Piaf replied on Thu, May 29 2014 3:23 AM

Hi Jeff,

 

You have my word, you won’t regret it.

 

My Beogram 4004 is NOS and it looked dingy. Now the dustcover looks absolutely NEW. All the rest look either new, or really close, except the 4000, which just looks darn good.

 

The Meguiar’s line is really quite good and readily available anywhere in the US.

 

Anything plastic responds beautifully to this product.

 

And although I had little expectations for its ability to enhance aluminum, just on a caprice I tried it, and it worked really well.

 

I neglected to mention that I use used diapers to do this type of polishing. With the common usage of disposable diapers (if I was a parent that is what I’d use) the real deal is hard to find, but laundries still sell them, cut up into squares when they no longer are suitable for babies. (Great for polishing your car too, but that is another subject.)

 

Let me know how this turns out for you.

 

Jeff

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chartz replied on Thu, May 29 2014 9:51 AM

Hi Jeff,

I also use a similar product. I think that there might be a little wax - synthetic? - in it, which can explain the really shiny surface after application. 

And yes, it will also restore slightly blemished metal surfaces I've found, as you have.

Jacques

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Hi all, interesting thread, could this product be used to clean up a tuner slide on a beomaster 1200 which is quite yellow, I have looked at taking it apart but it is quite a big job with many parts, I wondered if I was careful could I clean it up in situ, any thoughts

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Piaf replied on Thu, May 29 2014 4:05 PM

bidstonhall:

Hi all, interesting thread, could this product be used to clean up a tuner slide on a beomaster 1200 which is quite yellow, I have looked at taking it apart but it is quite a big job with many parts, I wondered if I was careful could I clean it up in situ, any thoughts

It will improve the look and feel of the plastic, no doubt, but it won’t remove the yellowing.

 

I had the same thoughts about removing the clear plastic sliders on my Beomaster 4400, but decided I was best just to clean/polish the tops and leave the bottom side alone.

 

The 1200 has a lot of aluminum, and this cleaner/polish works well of blemishes, as Jacques and I have noted. ]

 

A word of caution here, use the Meguiar’s sparingly on the aluminum as if used too much it will make the spot you are working on extremely shinny and it will stand out from the rest of the matted finish.

 

Good luck with your 1200.

 

Jeff

 

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Piaf replied on Thu, May 29 2014 4:17 PM

chartz:

Hi Jeff,

I also use a similar product. I think that there might be a little wax - synthetic? - in it, which can explain the really shiny surface after application. 

And yes, it will also restore slightly blemished metal surfaces I've found, as you have.

Hi Jacques,

 

You know, while I genuinely appreciate the visual enhancement (BIG time!) I also appreciate what the Meguiar’s does for the “feel” of the plastic, makes it so smooth and slippery.

 

From my “research” into veneer care, what I learned was the very best of wood-care products don’t do anything for the wood, with one exception, wood–care products that leave a slippery surface DO guard against abrasions….. the same would apply to plastics: dull plastic is easier to scratch than super slippery plastic.

 

Cloths just glide over the polished plastic rather than drag. So in addition to making the dustcovers look close to new, these products offer a bit of protection….. a real win/win situation.

 

Jeff

 

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Thanks for that jeff.  

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Piaf replied on Thu, May 29 2014 8:53 PM

bidstonhall:

Thanks for that jeff.  

One member used bleach on his Beomaster piano keys, and apparently it worked. However bleach weakens plastic, and ours is all vintage by now, so probably NOT a good idea. In addition bleach can, on occasion, turn clear plastic yellow, so yet another reason to avoid this method.

 

The Meguiar’s Cleaner/Polish does wonders removing the white film that builds up on my plastic headlight covers, rendering them absolutely CLEAR. It might reduce the yellow a bit, but I doubt it can remove it, as the discoloration is internal within the plastic.

 

One thing for sure, the plastic WILL look better, perhaps a bit yellow, but clear.

 

Jeff

 

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I've been using the same Meguiar's PlastX polish for years - love it!

I first bought it when I wanted to restore my Subaru's plastic headlights, and then I thought - wow - try it on the BeoGram Dustcovers. Never looked back.

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Piaf replied on Mon, Jul 7 2014 7:02 PM

Menahem,

 

We had exactly the SAME experience only mine was on a Mercury Mystique (American version of the Ford Mondeo) and I had such amazing results that I thought, like you, what about those dust covers?

 

One interesting point, the difference is so dramatic, if you miss a spot, you certainly are going to know it. Here in the Great Pacific Northwest it isn’t exactly sunny every day, but when the sun came out a day or so after I polished all my dustcovers, boy did I ever see where I missed a few spots on the Beogram 4002!

 

No harm done, and second application and perfection!

 

This really is a fantastic product for automobiles as well as Beogram dustcovers.

 

Jeff

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Hi Jeff, I am hoping you can advise. I did post this question previously in the beogram forum, but as of yet no response. It is regarding a CDX. I am looking to polish the acrylic dustcover. In the service manual there is a description on how to remove the dustcover. This unfortunately isn't very clear. As I understand it, the hinges are very thin and fragile. I could of course just carefully mask off, but if it is as simple to remove as the picture below suggests, than this would be much easier to work with and polish. Would you happen to know which is the best method for the removal of these covers using this system? Any pointers much appreciated. 

 

Best regards, 

 

Mark

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