polishing a screen


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polishing a screen

Postby mrefudd » Thu Feb 14, 2013 3:37 am



does anyone know of how to polish scratches out of a tired old screen. i know i could buy a new one but i would love to get my old one back to good condition , ta from here in RAINY ENGLAND . ;)



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Re: polishing a screen

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Feb 14, 2013 11:51 am

I've used a polishing compound intended for polishing plastic car headlight covers with good success. There are quite a few other products on the market that will work - other people I'm sure will jump in with suggestions.

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Re: polishing a screen

Postby Doug B. » Thu Feb 14, 2013 12:20 pm

Novus products are EXCELLENT! Here's a link to find a dealer.....

http://www.novusglass.com/locator/?zip= ... =&service=
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Re: polishing a screen

Postby Sidcar » Thu Feb 14, 2013 3:07 pm

Have you tried Autosol? My screen was in a bad way and Autosol improved it (try it on a bottom corner). My screen has a coating on it and I found that difficult to work with. In the end I bought a cheap (ish) acrylic replacement.


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Re: polishing a screen

Postby vtxcandyred » Fri Feb 15, 2013 6:29 am

PlastiX

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Re: polishing a screen

Postby tfdeputydawg » Fri Feb 15, 2013 12:49 pm

1st, is it a OEM windshield or after market???
OEM Wing shields are hardcoated polycarbonate. Agressive polishing will remove the hardcoat which accelerated yellowing of the material.
If after market and it's made using acrylic-be patient-takes a lot of time to polish out visible scratches.

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Re: polishing a screen

Postby redial » Sat Feb 16, 2013 8:26 am

If push comes to shove, try toothpaste. Soft enough, yet has a slight abrasive which will work. It is a slow process though.
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Re: polishing a screen

Postby Rickgyver » Sat Feb 16, 2013 7:49 pm

I use headlight lens polish and a small yellow foam ball in an electric drill. This will remove most scratches but the areas where clear coat is coming off will still be visible. I have done a few and the effort is well worthwhile. I remove the shield and lay it on a towel on a flat surface. Apply polish to WS and smear around with your hand. After buffing with foam ball, polish with a microfiber cloth and then apply NOVUS.

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Re: polishing a screen

Postby wjnfirearms » Sun Feb 17, 2013 8:53 am

I advocate using Flitz. I completely restored a nasty Vetter windshield using the drill ball attachment they market. I've used it on clear materials before with excellent results.

www.flitz.com


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