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PostPost by: Robzildjian » Sat Dec 14, 2013 6:58 pm

Has anyone tried to blacken dashboard rocker switches? Mine have gone rather milky looking. Is this possible? They work fine so I would rather not replace them.

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PostPost by: PeterK » Sat Dec 14, 2013 7:02 pm

Brake fluid makes a reasonable restoring solution, although not perfect.
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PostPost by: oldelanman » Sat Dec 14, 2013 7:34 pm

This has been discussed a few times in the past - lots of different ideas. Here's one previous thread on the subject - a search will probably bring up several others.

lotus-electrical-f38/refurbishing-rocker-switches-t21309.html?hilit=switches cle
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PostPost by: sveris » Sun Dec 15, 2013 9:01 pm

The relatively new Krylon spray paint for plastic works, well. It's only a few dollars per can here in the USA. Seem pricey on Ebay.co.uk, perhaps due to shipping expense.

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PostPost by: gus » Mon Dec 16, 2013 12:42 pm

armor all
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PostPost by: Spyder fan » Mon Dec 16, 2013 12:56 pm

Here's my latest trick having tried all the armor all, brake fluid and other non destructive (apparently) fixes.

Coat with Castrol LM grease or similar leave overnight and then wipe off. I did this early November ready for the NEC and they still look like new 4 weeks later unlike the other fixes that wear off in a couple of weeks.

The spray paint for plastics mentioned on this thread is a good more permanent fix, but time consuming no doubt. Still those winter evenings are with us now, so a good project for a dry warm garage.
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