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Garden Feature Solar Chargers - Greyed over

TerrysWorldTerrysWorld South MonmouthshirePosts: 135
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Many of my Garden features (Owl etc) using a battery solar charger with a multicolour led on the underside. The small solar panels have greyed over with a white powder type substance and cannot be rubbed off.

I did earlier in the year clean them with Bicarbonate Soda and toothbrush and smeared Vaseline to help prevent the clouding. 
 
Any tips of how to clean and prevent the cloud substance forming different than already done.

thanks

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  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Derbyshire but with a Nottinghamshire postcode. Posts: 16,460
    Instead of the vaseline, try cleaning the area with toothpaste rubbed on with a soft cloth, and then when it is clean and dry, smear washing up liquid on, and then let that dry.  We use this method to stop dive masks steaming up.
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,391
    Many solar powered 'garden things' (including some I bought) have the solar cell covered with resin (likely epoxy) instead of glass and the surface does physically degrade over time and turns white.  The way I restored mine was to use fine-grade emery paper (800) to take the white stuff off then a finer grade to polish it back clear the best I could, finishing off with a coat of clear acrylic spray.  The toothpaste sounds like a great idea to do the final polish fb - I'll try that next time.
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • TerrysWorldTerrysWorld South MonmouthshirePosts: 135
    Thanks,

    I tried the toothpaste route and found it harder to remove than the Bicarb/Baking powder.

    I've got some Acrylic Lacquer, I'll give it try.
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