thanks for reading...
So went to get my car from storage. (69 Deville)
The plastic lenses on the dash - speedo, clock, lightswitch, and AC controls -
are all really cracked on the inside, kind of spider webbing effect. Car was only there a month ! was pretty icy outside, but should have been better protected inside ??
Baffled by this.. Anyone any ideas what happened ??
02-11-09, 06:08 PM
That is REALLY strange. I used to store all my summer cars out in an old barn. No heat, and pretty damp. I left my Pontiac out there for two years over one stretch, and my Cadillac stayed there for a year straight right after I brought it home. No problems. Are you sure they are cracked? Not something like hazing?
I think it is hazing, but are they little thin cracks ??
I have to assume there is no way to repair. Sigh
Shame is this I think reduces the overall quality of my interior from average to POOR.
Suppose ebay is the best place to get a new clock and dash parts ? Any leads ?
02-11-09, 09:45 PM
Disassemble, then try Meguiar's Plastic Polish to see if you can buff it out.
02-14-09, 08:38 PM
Maybe it's some type of strange fungi or mold.
02-17-09, 11:37 PM
That almost sounds like somebody left open a nearby container - like a large carboy - of some plastic solvent and the vapors did their thing on the plastic parts in the car.
The exterior paint would not have necessarily been affected.
Another method of scratch removal for plastics I've found very helpful is
MOTORCYCLE HELMET VISOR SCRATCH REMOVER
or some variation of that title in the name.
I got some, years ago with the DuPont brand and a little went a long way.