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This item in your medicine cabinet can make old plastic new again

By on May 1st
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I've been picking up old stereo equipment from the '70s and '80s at garage and estate sales, and I've finally pieced together a pretty nice old-school stereo system. I've been cleaning up the components, but I'm having a hard time with some of the old plastic knobs: they're faded, white, and look super gnarly now that I've dusted and wiped down the rest of the plastic and metal.

Can I paint these knobs with something that will cover them well? -Andy

With the right primer, you can paint anything. But I just saw this tip from Lifehacker on using Vasoline to make old plastic gleam.

Has anyone had other experiences with improving the look of dried-out plastics?

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