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« on: April 16, 2014, 01:34:56 AM »
I traded for 3 nice Stihls that have prices written in permanent marker on the filter housing. I'm a firm believer in function over form but this unsightly ink is obviously disrupting air flow, fouling plugs, and dulling chains. :o
It also makes 3 really nice saws look like pawnshop junk.

I've used acetone before but it can leave a "fog" on plastic. Even though these are working saws, I'd like them to look as unblemished as possible. Have some of you restorers found certain polishes to work better than others on these plastics? I'd like to hear from those who know before trial and error. Thanks everyone.

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Re: Restoration
« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2014, 02:06:16 AM »
I have found that solvents like brakeclean and carb cleaner will blur/run the plastic and paints.

Then it donned on me that gasoline is a pretty good solvent and chainsaws usually get covered in the stuff and look good still.

So the last saw I got that was ugly was a 026 with purple paint all over it.  I think it was jobsite/work co colors.   It all washed off with some gas a a little elbow grease.

It has worked great since for cleaning off gunk on my saws.

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Re: Restoration
« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2014, 08:06:12 AM »
I recently removed some permanent marker from painted metal using laundry stain remover, it takes a bit of rubbing after it sets for a few minutes but after a bit it was all off.

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Re: Restoration
« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2014, 10:47:35 AM »
Go to the auto parts store and get some of that stuff they use to polish discolored plastic headlight lenses.

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Re: Restoration
« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2014, 08:56:12 PM »
How about "OOPS"?
John

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Re: Restoration
« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2014, 09:18:55 PM »
Acetone would remove it but I'm not certain what it might do to the plastic .

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Re: Restoration
« Reply #6 on: April 16, 2014, 10:47:17 PM »
Hi Brett,

I have used Laquer thinner in the past, but you have to be very fast with a quick wipe.
Try it on the back of the panel where you won't see it just in case it melts it a bit.

It works very well on most things to remove them.
Don't get it near a printed decal though!

If it doesn't work at times you can put a decal on top of the problem area.
You know, "NGK spark plugs"  or whatever works.

After, a wipe with a rag sprayed in WD 40 shines up the plastic and fills in the little scratches visually.
You can go ahead and spray the whole saw in it actually then wipe it down...good as new.

Steve

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Re: Restoration
« Reply #7 on: April 17, 2014, 01:27:44 AM »
Rubbing alcohol maybe?
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Re: Restoration
« Reply #8 on: April 17, 2014, 02:09:41 AM »
Juts try the gas!  At 4 bucks a gallon its the cheapest cleaner/solvent you can use.  You already have some too!

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Re: Restoration
« Reply #9 on: April 23, 2014, 10:30:59 PM »
permanent marker should clean off most surfaces with WD40  :D

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Re: Restoration
« Reply #10 on: April 24, 2014, 12:27:51 PM »
If gasoline or WD40 doesn't remove the permanent marker ink, the plastic has absorbed it. No way to remove it other then sanding it out and then buffing back to a "less then new" shine. I have found nothing that will return the like new shine on plastic.
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Re: Restoration
« Reply #11 on: April 24, 2014, 08:58:27 PM »
If gasoline or WD40 doesn't remove the permanent marker ink, the plastic has absorbed it. No way to remove it other then sanding it out and then buffing back to a "less then new" shine. I have found nothing that will return the like new shine on plastic.

+1

Other option is to buy new filter covers  :-\
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Re: Restoration
« Reply #12 on: April 24, 2014, 09:10:40 PM »
Nonsense. Get some plastic polish like I said to start with. Google Novus Plastic Polish. I can make a fifty year old plastic boat windshield look like new.

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Re: Restoration
« Reply #13 on: April 24, 2014, 11:21:35 PM »
pictures?
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« Reply #14 on: April 25, 2014, 09:53:50 AM »
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