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DoctorFaust
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Posted: Thursday, August 27, 2009 - 04:23 PM UTC
I'm dealing with a clear styrene windscreen at the moment and normally to take care of tiny scratches I give it a coat of Future, which works great. However I vaguely remember reading of other techniques to polish out scratches. I think I read that toothpaste works. I'm just curious as to any other techniques to get rid of the scratches and if they work better than Future.

Thanks
wombat58
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Posted: Thursday, August 27, 2009 - 09:55 PM UTC
Hi Anthony.

I have had a great deal of success using a product we call (in Australia) Brasso. As the name suggests, it's for polishing brass. Once I have achieved the desired look I then highly polish using (again Australian) a product called Silvo ( for polishing silver, pretty smart people who think up these names LOL) Make sure you are using a very soft cloth both for applying and polishing. It takes a little bit of elbow grease but you will find you will have a crystal clear windscreen. As always, practice on a bit of scrap first.
Hope this helps

Cheers

Des.
mat
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Posted: Thursday, August 27, 2009 - 10:26 PM UTC
watch out with the toothpaste, It can make more scratches if you have the wrong brand (I foudn out the hard way).

The tamiya polishing paste works goods, I used it for all my canopies. But it is kind of expensive. If you buy it, there are 2 components.The first is the polishing material, the second gives a nice coat, but is not really neccessary
matt
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Posted: Friday, August 28, 2009 - 12:45 AM UTC
The Novus system works great, there's 3 compounds based on how bad the scratches are.
DoctorFaust
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Posted: Thursday, September 03, 2009 - 04:35 PM UTC
Thanks for the tips. I knew about the Tamiya polish, but you are right. It would be expensive considering how rarely I polish windshields.

Here's the ironic thing. Two days after posting I went to my local hobby store and they just got something in called The Treatment. It is 3 parts; a buffing cream, a carnauba wax (says both can be used to ploish out scratches) and some moist wipes for removing smudges and fingerprints. All 3 for only $2.80. Score!
lighthorseman
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Posted: Friday, September 11, 2009 - 05:40 PM UTC
micromesh can also be used too
BROCKUPPERCUT
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Posted: Saturday, September 12, 2009 - 03:01 AM UTC
or you could use rubbing compund or automotive polish , both can be found at your local auto parts shop
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