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Are you sure the dirt is on the inside? I detail headlights at used car dealerships and sell a product called Crystalenz to clean gauge panel plastic. Crystalenz is made for cleaning headlight lenses but it works really well on gauges.

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Q: How do you remove the instrument cluster lens on a 1997 Malibu so you can clean the back side of it?
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