best product for a plastic lawn tractor hood?

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I have a John Deere lawn tractor and need to know what kind of product should I use on the plastic hood to make it look nice. Should I use a polish, wax, cleaner wax or what?
 
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I use Zaino Plastic polish on the shiny plastic parts on our cars and it works very well to get and keep them shiny. I would think that any cleaner-wax would do as well.
 
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I used plastix from meguiers on my JD 115 to take out some scratches. but I think after washing any car wax should be good for that.
 
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Wash it and spray on some Duragloss AquaWax. Buff off with a microfiber towel. I did this to my golf cart and lawn tractor and they look really good. You can find this stuff at Carquest and maybe Napa as well. Easy as can be.
 

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Would Nu-finish be ok or is that too abrasive? I need something I can get at wally mart or advance auto.
 
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That plastic on JD small tractors and Gators is very soft. Just wiping your hand on a dusty hood will produce micro scratches. The manual recommends no abrasive polishes. I would avoid any product that drys to a dust and products that contain petroleum distillates (car wax). The JD manual recommends using Pledge for the plastic parts. I have used 303 protectant on my 4115 and Gator with good results. It hides those micro scratches a little bit a gives it a like-new appearance. You just can't maintain this plastic like a hard painted surface. Remember to "buff" it off with a VERY soft, non-abrasive cloth - some cheap cotton towels can actually produce scratches in this soft plastic. Check out tractorbynet for other opinions.
 
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That plastic on JD small tractors and Gators is very soft. Just wiping your hand on a dusty hood will produce micro scratches. The manual recommends no abrasive polishes. I would avoid any product that drys to a dust and products that contain petroleum distillates (car wax). The JD manual recommends using Pledge for the plastic parts. I have used 303 protectant on my 4115 and Gator with good results. It hides those micro scratches a little bit a gives it a like-new appearance. You just can't maintain this plastic like a hard painted surface. Remember to "buff" it off with a VERY soft, non-abrasive cloth - some cheap cotton towels can actually produce scratches in this soft plastic. Check out tractorbynet for other opinions.
 
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Funny you mentioned Pledge. Recently became aware of the many "other" uses of pledge. Makes a great glass cleaner which produces less fogging than other cleaners. Works on stainless steel and plastics too. Im wondering if Scotts Liquid Gold would be good for the plastic too. I know it does WONDERS on waxed wood and plastic countertop laminate.
 
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