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    Can Clarity Be Restored to the Clear Plastic Pump and Leaf-Trap Covers?

    Just wondering if anything can be done to restore the clarity of the clear-plastic pump and leaf-trap covers. It seems that over time, these covers become hazed and darken, most likely due to UV light from the sun. This makes it hard to check for debris. Usually, I need to wet them down in order for me to see in. Are there any products out there to always give it a wet appearance and/or restore the clarity of the plastic? I was thinking about automobile headlight restoring-polish, but maybe there is something better out there. The only other option is to replace them, which the big ones are a bit pricey. Thanks!
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    Re: Can Clarity Be Restored to the Clear Plastic Pump and Leaf-Trap Covers?

    The easiest solution would be to thoroughly clean them with alcohol, then paint with clear gloss Krylon Fusion paint. Thin coats.

    If you want to do a really good job, wet sand the surface with 400 grit, then 600 grit, then 2000 grit and do the above afterwards.
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    Re: Can Clarity Be Restored to the Clear Plastic Pump and Leaf-Trap Covers?

    What about trying something like headlight restorer?
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    Re: Can Clarity Be Restored to the Clear Plastic Pump and Leaf-Trap Covers?

    Quote Originally Posted by pabeader View Post
    What about trying something like headlight restorer?
    The description above is just the DIY and better version of headlight restoring.
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    I tried that headlight restorer stuff--------no worky for me!
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    Re: Can Clarity Be Restored to the Clear Plastic Pump and Leaf-Trap Covers?

    Quote Originally Posted by woodyp View Post
    I tried that headlight restorer stuff--------no worky for me!
    Ditto
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    Re: Can Clarity Be Restored to the Clear Plastic Pump and Leaf-Trap Covers?

    Well that pretty much puts the stake in that idea Worked for my headlights so I had hoped... My clear plastic pool parts are still clear so I haven't needed to try for myself.
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    Re: Can Clarity Be Restored to the Clear Plastic Pump and Leaf-Trap Covers?

    Use Muriatic Acid in case it is calcium precipitation.
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    Re: Can Clarity Be Restored to the Clear Plastic Pump and Leaf-Trap Covers?

    I assume Dave means to dilute that acid first..............................
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    Re: Can Clarity Be Restored to the Clear Plastic Pump and Leaf-Trap Covers?

    Yeah, about 3:1.......sorry
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    Re: Can Clarity Be Restored to the Clear Plastic Pump and Leaf-Trap Covers?

    Thanks for the ideas, guys. I appreciate it!

    After the 3:1 acid-wash, I may try a polishing compound for automotive paint with a dual-action buffer pad.

    As for the "wet look," perhaps something like Mother's Back to Black or Armor All. The trouble there, however, is making it last.

    I will report back!
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    Re: Can Clarity Be Restored to the Clear Plastic Pump and Leaf-Trap Covers?

    Quote Originally Posted by GoGrabTheNet View Post
    Thanks for the ideas, guys. I appreciate it!

    After the 3:1 acid-wash, I may try a polishing compound for automotive paint with a dual-action buffer pad.

    As for the "wet look," perhaps something like Mother's Back to Black or Armor All. The trouble there, however, is making it if las

    I will report back!
    The clear gloss paint I mentioned above will do it in just a few minutes. Do the wet sanding and it will look like new.
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