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Post by Danielou Tue Jan 19, 2021 3:34 pm

Dear Guitarists
What would be your suggestion for removing a scratch from poly finish?
It isn't something what makes my guitar a vintage instrument. Tells more about clumsiness of a previous owner... There's also lots of swirls.
Does the car paint scratch remover ( like Meguiar's ScratchX or Turtle wax orwould do the job ) or micro mesh sanding pads (what grit that should be)? 
Thanks for all advices.
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Post by Barry Wed Jan 20, 2021 5:02 pm

Depends on the depth of the scratch really.
Westone finishes are extremely durable and tough and can handle most anything you throw at them.

If it's deep, you may be looking at drop filling with cyanoacrylate and multiple sanding.

If it's superficial: "swirling", pick scuffing, etc., a good quality rubbing compound should do the job. I recommend Meguiar's Ultimate Compound but there are other similar products that should work as well. (Use a foam rubber pad for best results)

If you're in between, you might need to use a combination of sanding grades and/or micro mesh products plus rubbing compound.

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Post by Westbone Thu Jan 21, 2021 1:33 pm

Get yourself a tub of elbow grease.... Wink
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Post by Barry Thu Jan 21, 2021 1:42 pm

Westbone wrote:Get yourself a tub of elbow grease.... Wink
Or perhaps a tube of Simichrome Polish? Laughing

Jerry Rosa (RosaStrings Workshop) swears by it and I just bought a tube to try out. It's a German made metal polish but he has great success with it removing scratches on wood finishes: LINK

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Post by Westbone Thu Jan 21, 2021 3:23 pm

It is great for minor marks.

Have been using this for years. Also German made.

More than likely same kind of stuff.

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Post by Barry Thu Jan 21, 2021 5:42 pm

Amazing what you can use when you think outside the box eh?

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Post by Danielou Fri Jan 22, 2021 1:54 pm

Thank you. I'll try that Autosol. I've heard that Simichrome Polish is good too but i couldn't UK seller.
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Post by Westbone Fri Jan 22, 2021 3:16 pm

Use rubbing compound.

Medium and then fine grade plus a good polish.

All depends on the depth of the scratches.
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