Detailing Interior trim scratches

Discussion in 'Detailing & Cleaning' started by MancDavo, Friday 23rd Jan, 2015.

  1. MancDavo Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    The previous owner of my CR-V has not looked after the interior of the car very well. The back of the centre storage console in particular is scuffed and scratched quite badly, also some plastic panels in the boot are also scratched. Is there any way of improving this? I know I probably can't remove the scratches completely but there must be a way of buffing the surface to restore the colour?

    Many thanks in advance.
     
  2. Ichiban Founder Staff Team

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    Mike any chance of pictures mate lets have a look.

    The 3rd Generation CR-V is known for soft plastics quality so they are renowned for scratching, the B pillar panel got a pounding from the seat belt buckle too. Honda addressed these plastic issue on the 4h gen there is no effective way of fixing these other than masking them in wrap.
     
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  3. MancDavo Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    Cheers - I'll aim to get some pics on his weekend. It's filthy already though!
    I'm also thinking of swapping the ssd nav for the more usual option, I'm really not impressed with the audio system. Any ideas how I would approach this? Ta.
     
  4. DeviateDefiant Co-Founder Staff Team

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    If they're textured it'll be hard to get them out, if they're smooth you might be able to sand and paint them with a matt finish. Unfortunately the only simple solution is going to be replacing the fascias.

    You'd likely fetch a few pennies for the Sat Nav, as for audio, you can upgrade the speakers easily, but the head unit itself is a whole different ball game.
     
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  5. ArcticFire-Account Closed Banned Getting Started

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    There is a way to help reduce and sometimes even completely remove scratches from the interior trim but it takes great care. For non-textured parts you can use a heat gun on its low setting and not only will it help restore the original colour of the trim but it should help reduce the scratch appearance. You can do this on the exterior plastics also and it is far more effective than these gels because it doesn't wash away etc.

    I've done it on my CR-V and results are excellent and long lasting, they are still a nice dark grey. But I was very, very careful not to push it too far, it's easy to get carried away. Always use a low heat.

    For textured interior trim you can use a heat gun and a grain pad. This involves slowly and gently melting the plastic slightly though and then using the grain pad to 'press' the texture back in, so I'd probably get a cheap used part to practice on first.

    I think the key element to remember when working with heat and plastic trim is patience though and it's better to be gentle and have to repeat the process many times over rather than trying to get a result on the first pass.
     
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  6. DeviateDefiant Co-Founder Staff Team

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    Never heard of that before @ArcticFire, that's an interesting read.

    @MancDavo if you do go ahead and try this, do a write-up for everyone :Smile:
     
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    Only found out about it myself late last year and decided to give it a bash. My outside trim was light Grey in places but is now a deep dark Grey and lasting well so far. I guess the heat must reactivate the plastic properties or something. Haven't tackled the interior scratches yet.
     
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  8. MancDavo Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    Here is a picture of the main ones that are bothering me. There more of a scuff than a scratch, i.e they are not deep at all. It's like something has rubbed the plastic over a prolonged period of time. Given where they are, I'm thinking that masking the area off and spraying with some kind of paint would be a solution. It doesn't need to be an exact match. image.
     
  9. AndyB1976 Valued Contributor ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

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    Can you vinyl wrap plastic?
     
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  10. ArcticFire-Account Closed Banned Getting Started

    Scotland Graham Scotland
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    Seeing as its inside and not exposed to the elements, painting could be the best option. personally, I'd take the whole console out and spray the entire thing so it's a consistent look.
     
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  11. MancDavo Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    That was my initial thought but I assumed that would be a big deal given that there is power source and aux input point inside.

    What sort of paint would be best?
     
  12. ArcticFire-Account Closed Banned Getting Started

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    Sorry I meant just the outside of it. No idea about paint but I'm sure there must be some specialist plastic ones out there?
     
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  13. SpeedyGee Administrator Staff Team

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    I would try cleaning it and then applying either AutoGlym Rubber and Vynl Care or even AutoGlym Bumper Care. Thes won't get rid of the scratches, but they will replenish the plastic and make look refreshed which my make the scratches less prominent.
     
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