Customs: Remove scratches? From clear windows? HELP!

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  1. Napjr

    Napjr <b><font color=gold>Mr. Internet</font><br><font c Veteran

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    We really need a tutorial for this kind of thing, i couldnt find any on the boards!

    So, what method are out there to fix scratches from clear plastic? Im going to repaint this Alt Grimlock but saddly, the rear window got an ugly scratch...

    Any suggestions?
     

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  2. mampy

    mampy Movie-Accurate Mampy

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    I've heard that Future can somehow help reduce visible scratches on clear parts, but I'm not sure if it will help with something that large.
     
  3. MegaMoonMan

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    I would image the only true fix is to sand it out using increasingly finer grits of sandpaper and finishing it off with a buffer. It works on colored plastics and brings them back to a glossy shine, but clear plastic - I don't know.
     
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    It should work on clear plastic. When I used to mod xboxes I removed the top xbox logo and sanded the color off the bottom and did exactly as you described and it was crystal clear with minimal distortion. Wet sanding near the end helps a lot as well as toothpaste.
     
  5. Superquad7

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    Turtle Wax helps some :) 
     
  6. catch22

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    I would think that this:

    Followed by this:

    Would do the trick
     
  7. blacklion29

    blacklion29 Merlion Gestalt

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    can clear coat do the trick?
     
  8. Superquad7

    Superquad7 We're only human. Super Mod

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    When you guys are successful, I'd like to see a photo tutorial of this :) 
     
  9. Napjr

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    Hmmm i might try with a fine sandpaper (2000 grit) i have laying around

    Saddly, Future is not available on my country :( 
     
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    hit it with a dremel, polishing wheel, and some polish. i've done it to my xbox and the lens on my blackberry.
     
  11. Superquad7

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    This sounds like a good idea! :) 
     
  12. David Hingtgen

    David Hingtgen Chromaticon

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    In my experience, mag wheel polish is good for polishing clear plastic, if you don't have "clear plastic polish".
     
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    I've done this before on Clear Gundams, Swatch watches and yes even my Digi Cam Screen. I have used a combination of sandpapers, metal polisher and toothpaste.

    If you're patient enough you can just use a metal polisher but it takes a long time of rubbing to get scratches off. So basically I used fine grit (2000) sandpaper to even out the surface. Once the scratch is barely noticeable, start rubbing with a metal polisher. This acts something like sandpaper but helps smoothen the surface. This also helps restore the shine. Then I would use toothpaste just to buff it up a bit 'till I get the results I want.

    Hope this helps. Remember this only works for plastics.
     

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