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

GoGrabTheNet

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Dec 13, 2015
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Phoenix, AZ
#1
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!
 

JohnT

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Apr 4, 2007
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SW Indiana
#2
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.
 

pabeader

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May 14, 2015
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#7
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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GoGrabTheNet

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Dec 13, 2015
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Phoenix, AZ
#11
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!
 

JohnT

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#12
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.