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Whitening yellowed hard plastic (ABS?) pedals

#1 2012-04-05 12:42pm

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Whitening yellowed hard plastic (ABS?) pedals

Before I tried it on my nicer ones on my 88 Pro Compe, I got an extra set of these HTI-851 pedals from Caleb to try the "hydrogen peroxide in the sun" soak that I found (of all places) on a computer geek website. The geeks were trying to whiten an old plastic PC tower and one recommended soaking it in hydrogen peroxide and leaving it out in the sun. Well, being a BMX geek, I had to try it!

Here is a pic of my reservoir, it is the bottom of a Tropicana OJ jug (don't mind the bugs), and the 32 oz bottle of Hydrogen Peroxide sloution from Wal-Mart.
http://i962.photobucket.com/albums/ae106/demian06/DSC09928.jpg
http://i962.photobucket.com/albums/ae106/demian06/DSC09929.jpg

I cleaned one pedal with simple green and a toothbrush first, then put it in the peroxide soak till it was completely submerged. I took the container out to my back deck last Sunday, I flipped it every day, and now its Thursday (5 day soak) and here are the results (guess which one was soaked lol):

outdoor pic in the shade:
http://i962.photobucket.com/albums/ae106/demian06/DSC09930.jpg

outdoor pic in the sun:
http://i962.photobucket.com/albums/ae106/demian06/DSC09932.jpg

OH HELLS YEAH!!!!

I see alot of posts about whitening yellowed plastic, and I dont know if this would work on Tuffs or OE's or seats or more porous plastic, but this is the shiznit for hard plastic like these pedals.

Hope this helps someone else. smile

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#2 2012-04-05 12:47pm

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Re: Whitening yellowed hard plastic (ABS?) pedals

Wow nice job those look great . Good info . cool


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#3 2012-04-05 12:53pm

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wow those look good!   nice trick i will remember that for the future.


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#4 2012-04-05 12:53pm

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That turned out awesome! cool

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#5 2012-04-05 1:55pm

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#6 2012-04-05 3:20pm

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Looks good, you can get those results With 50/50 water/bleach solution boiling for 30min.
If you don't feel like waiting.

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#7 2012-04-06 10:05am

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Re: Whitening yellowed hard plastic (ABS?) pedals

I have not tried this yet but its supposed to be the ultimate way to get rid of yellowing.

http://retr0bright.wikispaces.com/Retr0Bright+Gel


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#8 2012-04-14 11:02am

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cool stuff


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#9 2012-04-14 1:05pm

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bam! that's awesome!

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#10 2012-06-07 8:56am

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Re: Whitening yellowed hard plastic (ABS?) pedals

Has anyone tried this on a set of white Skyway or Performer mags? Just wondering the results.

Whitebread,
Where'd you get that 32 ouncer?

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#11 2012-06-07 9:27am

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WOW Ive got a set Im gonna go try it right now!!    big_smile


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#12 2012-06-07 9:47am

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nice work and good postin!!!


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#13 2012-06-07 3:08pm

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Re: Whitening yellowed hard plastic (ABS?) pedals

Thanks for the props guys!

Wal mart, target and most drug stores have the large bottles.

I'm going to try this on the set of skyway OEs that are on my Decade in the next few weeks. I will post results here.

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#14 2012-06-07 3:50pm

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Re: Whitening yellowed hard plastic (ABS?) pedals

how bout a white seat?


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#15 2012-06-11 6:10pm

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Re: Whitening yellowed hard plastic (ABS?) pedals

Sun must be the key. I have a white pair of KKT's soaking for 2 days and nothing. Will sit out in the sun tomorrow.


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#16 2012-06-11 6:48pm

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Yeah, i learned that the hard way -- Has to be in direct sunlight -- Then it kicked in.


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#17 2012-06-11 7:21pm

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#18 2012-06-11 10:41pm

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Re: Whitening yellowed hard plastic (ABS?) pedals

ChristianHetheMurray wrote:

Has anyone tried this on a set of white Skyway or Performer mags? Just wondering the results.

Whitebread,
Where'd you get that 32 ouncer?

I used hydrogen peroxide on the white seat I sold you big_smile  It wasnt bad to begin with but I could tell it got the seat a brighter white!


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#19 2012-06-12 3:43am

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Re: Whitening yellowed hard plastic (ABS?) pedals

i just bought a white seat and i will be trying this when i get it. i can post pics if youd like of before and after.


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#20 2012-06-12 5:01am

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thats cool , but how do you repair the bearings? has anyone tried to get plastic pedals apart for cleaning and repacking? i have some nice sr's id like to use but the bearings r beat in one...thnx


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#21 2012-06-12 5:42am

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Re: Whitening yellowed hard plastic (ABS?) pedals

Christian- yes sunlight is the key. Oxy Booster type detergent can enhance the effects too

thx5150 - definitely post up the pix when you do your seat

bamboo- yes, pop off the end cap, disassemble, clean, repack, reassemble. prying out the end cap is the hardest part but otherwise a pretty simple task

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#22 2012-06-12 6:27am

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problem is i have the sr SP-529 and theres no nut under the cap:/so i cant get the spindle out, anyone else try resto on these?


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#23 2012-06-12 10:53am

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Here are my results.  I didn't take "before" pictures, but I bought the bike from here so I still have those pictures.

http://www.mouseindustries.com/bmxmuseum/seatpedals_before.png

And this is after about 2 days of sitting in hydrogen peroxide in the sun:

http://www.mouseindustries.com/bmxmuseum/seatpedals_after.jpg

Now i just have to do those mags.


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#24 2012-06-12 8:10pm

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Re: Whitening yellowed hard plastic (ABS?) pedals

Has anyone tried this on something other than white? Just wonder if it will just clean (say a pair of red pedals) or will it take away the color and dull them? I'm assuming it would dull?


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#25 2012-06-12 9:48pm

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Re: Whitening yellowed hard plastic (ABS?) pedals

no , dont do it to colored stuff. It will dull it .


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