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Myke

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*search function disclaimer* I did dig through some threads and didn't find anything on any techniques to make this type deck look better. There's a lot of info on this board and if I missed it please direct me to it.

I bought this off eBay a while back and I want to clean it up some. I am not looking for a full restore but I would like to try clean up the scratches on the bottom. Possibly replace the tracker decals if clear is still available. Maybe fix the grip on top if that's possible with out re-gripping the whole thing. I still want it to be OG used but just a little nicer if that can be done.

I did find wheel cleaning and truck cleaning tips on here if I decide to make those look better.

Thanks in advance for any tips.









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KRAM might be good for plastics ideas....
Scrapes look pretty deep to get to Orange again (????)...
Another member did plastic deck restorations (??).
I think was in Maryland USA area... MikeinMd might remember.
For sure posted on Restoration pages. Scroll back further, might be fun [wink]
Used a gentle, very fine grain hand sand, water process if memory serves...

Wheels & Trucks...
YES YES YES, bring back best you can!!!
Even the  nuts and screws/ all hardware I
polish up with my hand "grinder". 20 min time max...
Noticable difference when hardware, wheels, trucks beautiful!!!

Tracker stickers bottom of deck.....
use hand hair dryer to loosen glue to remove if want.
Ebay or members for replacements, should not be too difficult...

Zflex top screen.....
maybe someone can direct you on re-issues/new sticker ideas (??)

Grip....
Armor all, or oil will bring it back to black for a while. Then just do again once in a while [smile]
I have no problems being re-gripped. Some members might have idea of where to find OG re-issues.

To each his own or how far a restoration should go IMHO....
Project will be fun and its not too difficult if just "cleaning up"......
Sometimes gentle wash in hot water, light ajax cleaning product, all you want or need.

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I'd leave it just they way it is. It looks perfect the way it is. It's like vintage coins. You clean them they're worth less then if you leave them original. Just my 2 cents worth.
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Thanks for the tips!


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I'd leave it just they way it is. It looks perfect the way it is. It's like vintage coins. You clean them they're worth less then if you leave them original. Just my 2 cents worth.


I understand exactly what you are saying and I do agree. I just wanted to have a little cleaner example and the nice z-flex decks are really expensive so I thought I could do a little clean up on this one without making it look restored.



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Any way you look at it, that's one cool piece!  
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It's not bad enough to restore, I'd leave it alone.
A little cleanup wouldn't hurt though.
They sell grip tape cleaner, like an eraser.

http://socalskateshop.com/index.php?l=product_detail&p=62960

Clean the trucks, wheels, maybe find some better looking vintage wheels.
possibly wax only the fiberglass?







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Griptape-  
                 Spray it down with Simple Green and then use a stiff bristled brush on it. It will foam up and bring the dirt with it. Then just use an old rag and blot the foam off, it will look like new!

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Regarding the grip tape damage you could make a tracing of the outlines of the missing bits on tracing paper (maybe trace around the edge of the nose to get the curve of the grip tape accurate), reverse the outlines using carbon paper on to the back of some new grip tape then cut it out to replace the missing bits.
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Leave it. Looks awesome. 

Maybe a little Dawn on gentle brush with some warm water to clean up the grip tape. Clean-up the wheels and trucks in similar fashion.

I would strongly advise against Nudayrisin's advice on new grip tape. 


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Man, that looks so much like my JA model I had back in the 70's (same color, Trackers). I agree on just cleaning it up. The nose and tail in that look great.
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Great looking ZFlex.

I dont weigh in on restos often but I agree with SMDog on the grip. There is only a couple of small pieces missing which just shows the normal wear and tear on something which is that old. Gives it a little unique character. If it were completely wasted, then re-grip it, but leave it alone for now. 

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Thanks for all the comments! I'll try just giving it a light Dawn wash first and see how it looks. I'll post some pics of the results.
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I just use the foam from some agitated washing up liquid to clean dirt from grip tape and use a dish brush to work it in to the grip tape and dab off the dirt and foam after I'm done.

The set up tells its history and its in pretty good shape, I wouldn't mess with it much anything new or replaced will just show as that, even new stickers which is why I would leave it alone.

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yeah man. I agree with Tony. Leave those stickers alone! I think they tell a better story just like they are... Clean it but don't remove stuff...
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