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I was wondering what you guys use and what works good to polish the plastic hood/bumper on our John Deere lawn/garden tractors? To get them all shiny and looking good.

Also wondering how many of you have powder coated parts like say the mower deck? Seems that would be a good way stop rust from forming?
 

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Wax and polish a tractor...hell I don't do that to my cars except when I run them through the touchless automated car wash. :laugh:

I powder coat the parts to my tractor modifications; but I doubt if powder coating is going to be any better than paint on mower decks as it's hell under there while mowing.

I've had some ideas for making a clog resistant mower deck; but I don't have the equipment or money to make a prototype.
 
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You can typically use anything you would polish metal with to polish the fiberglass hoods.
I use a buffing compound from time to time called "Flitz". Then after you get it buffed out put on a couple coats of wax to keep the dirt from sticking.
Here are a couple before/after pictures of what the Flitz can do.No wax in the pictures yet.

Also powder coating is an excellent idea.That is what Deere has used for quite some time now.
Just keep in mind fiberglass and plastic can't be powder coated with the typical method.

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I like Flitz to polish plastic. I've used it on polycarbonate headlights that have fogged over.

As for the deck, I don't think there is much that is going to last on the bottom of the deck. The cellulose fibers in plants are quite abrasive. Add the fact that most of try to cut the grass when it is dry. Now we are sucking up dirt, sand and dust which is like sand blasting. I'm sure there is a coating that can stand up to the punishment but I bet grass would cling to it like nothing else.


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Here is the on-line Deere operator's manual section about cleaning plastic bodywork on the more recent tractors like my x495 and x304.
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The newer plastic is much more prone to scratching than a painted fiberglass hood in my experience...

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Water - straight outta the garden hose. Does a pretty good job. :laugh:
 

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I've used pledge (unscented) on our snowmobiles for years.
 
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I've used pledge (unscented) on our snowmobiles for years.
^^this.. my atv owners manual actually recommends using a house hold spray on furniture polish on the painted plastics.. works on everything for a quick buff and shine..
 
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^^this.. my atv owners manual actually recommends using a house hold spray on furniture polish on the painted plastics.. works on everything for a quick buff and shine..
Just don't get any on the seat. I've heard. :lol:
 

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Best stuff for plastic...ever, and period.



Cleans, and polishes with no abrasives.
Spiffs up painted and powder coated bits as well.
Mirrors, clear plastic gauges, glass.
Gets bug guts off of paint and plastic, as well as Mineral spirits does.

Spiffs up and cleans seats, without making them slippery.
Works darn well on leather too. We keep a can under the sink just for the furniture, as it works better than dedicated leather cleaning products.

I hate Honda. Always have.
They do some things better than anyone else though, and the spray cleaner and polish is one of them.

The stuff even smells good...and it's CHEAP!
 

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Plexus is just a shade better than the Honda stuff in some cases. I have and use both. Plexus is pretty expensive so it's hard to not go with the Honda stuff.

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Best stuff for plastic...ever, and period.



Cleans, and polishes with no abrasives.
Spiffs up painted and powder coated bits as well.
Mirrors, clear plastic gauges, glass.
Gets bug guts off of paint and plastic, as well as Mineral spirits does.
Well, I hope you're still living on this earth with me! Just wanted to thank you for the tip.
 

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I was wondering what you guys use and what works good to polish the plastic hood/bumper on our John Deere lawn/garden tractors? To get them all shiny and looking good.

Also wondering how many of you have powder coated parts like say the mower deck? Seems that would be a good way stop rust from forming?
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