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Scratch Removal ?

Does anyone know if it is possible to rub out, buff out, or some way lessen the appearance of scratches in the clear plastic side panel of a case?
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    no, you can't remove scratches in pastic (without removing material) - you can, however, with a special kit, buff it so that the scratches are minimal

    very similar to a headlight cleaning kit for cars - 3M makes one I think

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    http://www.autogeek.net/3m-headlight-kit.html

    repeast steps 3 and 4 continuously for best results
  2. dingo07 said:
    no, you can't remove scratches in pastic (without removing material) - you can, however, with a special kit, buff it so that the scratches are minimal

    very similar to a headlight cleaning kit for cars - 3M makes one I think

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    http://www.autogeek.net/3m-headlight-kit.html

    repeast steps 3 and 4 continuously for best results

    Very good suggestion. I will try that. Thanks for the quick reply.
  3. you have to understand First that anything you touch the original plastic with is going to scratch it, so don't expect to buff out just the scratch and have it look similar to the "original" plastic - no matter how well you buff it out, it will be faded compared to the original, which means, you're likely to do the final buff process on the entire piece of plastic so it all looks the same
  4. I'll test it on an area not visible first. The case is a CM Elite 311 I used in a build for a client. He apparently layed something rough on the plastic surface that left scuff marks and scratches in the material. I'm not sure if the window is plastic or plexiglass. I'm assuming plastic due to the low cost of the case.
  5. clutchc said:
    I'll test it on an area not visible first. The case is a CM Elite 311 I used in a build for a client. He apparently layed something rough on the plastic surface that left scuff marks and scratches in the material. I'm not sure if the window is plastic or plexiglass. I'm assuming plastic due to the low cost of the case.

    Plexiglass is plastic. It is just the brand name for the acrylic plastic manufactured by the Rohm and Haas Company. Whether or not the scratches can be removed effectively depends a great deal on their extent. You could try Novus plastic polish. It is the most widely used polish in the sign and automotive industry for dealing with surface issues.
    http://www.novuspolish.com/
  6. Max Collodi said:
    Plexiglass is plastic. It is just the brand name for the acrylic plastic manufactured by the Rohm and Haas Company. Whether or not the scratches can be removed effectively depends a great deal on their extent. You could try Novus plastic polish. It is the most widely used polish in the sign and automotive industry for dealing with surface issues.
    http://www.novuspolish.com/

    You're right of course about plexiglass being plastic. But originally, plexiglass was an acrylic form of clear plastic made with acrylic acid. But, yes, the terms are interchangeable.

    I may just see if a replacement side panel is available if this headlight restore stuff doesn't work. I'd hate to spend too much on the repair of the case. It was only a $40 case to begin with.
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  8. Try this product:

    http://www.tuftape.co/products/surface_protection/speciality

    Superb product. Provide protection against scratches.
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