Paint Removal From Outside Rearview Mirror

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Old 09-15-08, 10:28 AM
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I have a 2004 Toyota Camry. While I was pulling into my garage, I scraped against the side of the garage. Luckily, my outside rear-view mirror was not broken, but there is a lot of white paint on it. It seems to be made of some sort of plastic. Has anyone had any luck with removing this exterior housing paint? If so, what did you use? I appreciate any help.
 
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Old 09-15-08, 11:03 AM
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Originally Posted by matt_8 View Post
I have a 2004 Toyota Camry. While I was pulling into my garage, I scraped against the side of the garage. Luckily, my outside rear-view mirror was not broken, but there is a lot of white paint on it. It seems to be made of some sort of plastic. Has anyone had any luck with removing this exterior housing paint? If so, what did you use? I appreciate any help.
How porous is the plastic? If it is a really shiny plastic it should come off with TR3 car wax. If it has many bumps or is porous, the TR3 wax could get caught in the smaller areas and they you would have the wax and the paint.

If the plastic is shiny I have used TR3 wax on these kind of things before and it seems to get the paint off. Use a damp rag and the wax, and rub HARD.
 
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Old 09-15-08, 11:18 AM
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IMO, I've had good results with Meguiar's ScratchX which can be found at most convient stores such as Walmart, Pepboys, Target. It is a mild abrasive which cleans out the nooks and crannies and removes the paint. As an added bonus, if the scratch isn't to deep (when you run your fingernail on it, it doesnt catch) it does a great job hiding it.
 
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