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PostPosted: Thu Aug 08, 2013 7:44 pm 
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You guys know where to get replacement plastic windows for XT shifters? I bought some on here and they're really badly scratched. Can barely see through...

Thanks!


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 08, 2013 8:13 pm 
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how badly scratched? i have seen the windows sold on the web as well as ebay.

the alternative is to polish the pllastic - depending on how deep the scratches are, rub down with find wet'n'dry going to 1200 grade, then finish off with perpec plix - maybe using toothpaste will leave them sufficiently clear.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 08, 2013 9:12 pm 
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or whip em off, cover the hole and save a few grams?

which model XT are they? seen a few on STW f/s, presumably as above - they're not really needed


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 09, 2013 6:22 pm 
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02gf74 wrote:
how badly scratched? i have seen the windows sold on the web as well as ebay.

the alternative is to polish the pllastic - depending on how deep the scratches are, rub down with find wet'n'dry going to 1200 grade, then finish off with perpec plix - maybe using toothpaste will leave them sufficiently clear.


Thanks for the input! I've never rubbed down clear plastic, I had no idea it would work! I'll give it a try.

What's a perspec plix? What would I use the toothpaste for?

Thanks in advance,

R.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 09, 2013 9:16 pm 
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i did this to a pair of mine, i did not spend a huge amount of time so they are not perfect but if I persisted I am sure they would be pretty much ok. toothpaste contains very fine particles of abrasive - it can be used as a polishing compound, quite often scratched CDs can be fixed by polishing with toothpaste and smell minty too!

BTW i am pretty sure the black segment decals to show which gear is selected are on the inside so no danger of rubbing them off.


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2013 5:47 pm 
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You can use metal polish, like Brasso, to remove scratches from plastic as well.


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2013 6:33 pm 
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Thanks guys. Very informative!


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 2013 12:23 am 
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What model xt shifters are they?


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 2013 10:39 pm 
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Scarfacexxx08 wrote:
What model xt shifters are they?


Like this...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/hamhockpunk/2591787424/


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 12:46 pm 
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I totally removed the displays on mine after i lost a window in a crash :lol:

Think mine are the m739 group though (ish)


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