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post #1 of 23 Old Nov 24th, 2006, 7:14 pm Thread Starter
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Hello, I have just purchased a 99LT and the radio display perpex is frosted and very hard to see through, can this be replaced or polished out with somthing
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post #2 of 23 Old Nov 24th, 2006, 7:27 pm
 
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Dave,

Try some de-natured alcohol on the display. This is a fairly common problem... :-(

TO the best of my knowledge, the display can only be changed by changing out the entire radio unit!
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Hello, I have just purchased a 99LT and the radio display perpex is frosted and very hard to see through, can this be replaced or polished out with somthing
thanks Dave
Here is a post from the old site archives that may help ya.

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If you have time and patients you could try a micro mesh kit, they do wonders with plastics. http://www.wicksaircraft.com/catalog...251/index.html
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Thank you all very much for the help, willlet you know how it goes
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I've used the Denatured Alcohol procedure. One wipe does it!

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after using the alcohol to defog mine, I coated it with maguires tech wax and been thru many a rain without fogging again.............................................

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post #8 of 23 Old Jun 8th, 2007, 8:56 pm
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foggy radio screen

I had a similar problem , could not read the radio screen at all , went to the local spray painter and he had a 3M product the is a super fine abrasive that can be use on screens ro take out scratches ect, tried this product and the screen is as clear as I think a new screen would be. Not sure what the product number is but I'm sure your local paint shop could advise
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TO the best of my knowledge, the display can only be changed by changing out the entire radio unit!
The display is not part of the radio unit. It is a module that can be removed with the control button panel. I took mine to bits to fit the GPS nicely. I seem to remember just a few self tappers inside the stingray to hold it.

Just pussin' through.
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I used denatured alcohol (ethanlol 90% + naphthalene) and it works great but be very careful with the black plastic around, it will be glossy too if you pour ethanol on it.
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Re: Radio display screen frosted, very hard to read display

agreed, denatured alcohol worked the first time.
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Re: Radio display screen frosted, very hard to read display

Add me to the list here. The display for my radio was so fogged over and discolored I could not even read it at night.

I tried a little denatured alchohol and the display was instantly chrystal clear. I used only a few drops on a cotton ball, wiped the display carefully, then "rinsed" the display with a moist rag.

I cannot beleive that it was this simple to correct. - Thanks to all of you for the suggestion.
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Yup it worked for me too.. As good as new
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just a quick thanks for the advise, the alcohol worked perfectly on my display.
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Re: Radio display screen frosted, very hard to read display

Just get some Novus#2 plastic polish and a soft cloth. Put a little on the cloth rub vigorously. A will look like brand new. And it can be redone whenever it gets cloudy again. Good stuff...

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Re: Radio display screen frosted, very hard to read display

For a permanent fix, lightly scuff the window and then have your local body shop shoot a coat of clear on it when they're shooting a job. Just make sure they don't bake it afterwards.


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Re: Radio display screen frosted, very hard to read display

Yep, alcohol. And.....since I work in a print/sign shop, I put a small strip of clear laminate over the display. It has now been over a year, and it still looks perfect. (and it's stored outside, under a gazebo)
Just another option.
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Re: Radio display screen frosted, very hard to read display

I used vodka on a Q-tip to clear the display on the radio on my 09 LT.
Worked like a charm, and I just happen to have some in the liquor cabinet.
The fix lasted a long time, way longer than the cure...
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Re: Radio display screen frosted, very hard to read display

Tooth paste works also fine

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I have a 2000 k1200lt. I have been using Meguiars PlastX. Since 2002 and it works very well.
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I have been carrying and using Plexus windshield spay for years to get rid of the glaze when riding in low sun/night lights conditions and now also use it once or twice a year on the radio display. Brings it back to new every time.
Does not have the side effects of vodka!

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I used vodka on a Q-tip to clear the display on the radio on my 09 LT.
Worked like a charm, and I just happen to have some in the liquor cabinet.
The fix lasted a long time, way longer than the cure...
See, Brother Gilles, another good reason to always have vodka around!

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See, Brother Gilles, another good reason to always have vodka around!
Yeah, although it does taste funny off a Q-tip!

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