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    Morning all,

    What do people recommend for removing light scratches? I have tried meguires scratch X and this doesnt seem to make much difference. I know T Cut is a swear word on hear so what else is out there?

    Also can you get anything for removing scratches from headlights. Noticed yesterday my passenger one is well and truly scratched. Not deep, but over quite a large area. I remember seeing something jewellers used in the past, but presume this will be to abrasive.


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    To be brutally honest you won't "remove" scratches by hand - you could mask them, with products like SRP, or dependant on the colour of your car Poorboys Blackhole (for dark cars) or White Diamond for lighter colours. I have tried pretty much all the products over the years to try and remove them by hand and you just can't get the finish I wanted.

    Ideally you need to get a machine polisher (rotary or dual action) or get your car fully detailed removing the swirls/scratches (correction). There's been a few threads recently about this in the detailing section, have a look....

    This is what I achieved with a quick go over with a rotary polisher... this is what I started with, plenty of swirls and a few scratches....



    ...and was left with this...



    Since then I have gone over it again and its like new

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    pretty much really

    You will be able to use a rotary on your headlights too (and windscreen etc...) You need to make sure you get yourself the correct pads and polishes to do the job


    On another note, it's a good job you went over it again Dan. It looks like you've got a few holograms in that last pic

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    Quote Originally Posted by parsco View Post
    On another note, it's a good job you went over it again Dan. It looks like you've got a few holograms in that last pic
    Oi mewth..... thats the reflection of the clouds It took a couple of goes to fully remove the swirls

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    Thank you all. Any recommendations on pads and polishes? I will do a search now but any advice is always welcome

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    I use Meguiars PlastX on my headlights and rear lights. It gets rid of light marks and gives them a nice shine.

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    Polishes you could use are the Poorboys SSR http://www.autogeek.net/pbsr.html - there are varying harshness' to the cut of these, so it depends on the state of your car which particular one you would pick, there also Meguires #83 which is a dual action cleaner/polish for machine use and works well.

    Pads, the best I have found so far (in my limited use) are the 3M pads - the green compound pad for removing the scratches and swirls then the finer pads for polishing and finishing - autobrite sell those.

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    I use any of these megs when I do a detail. Megs#80. #82 #83. I have scratch x too. But don,t think it is all that abrasive. I always start off with the finest compound, if that doesn,t work I try one that is more coarse. I use either Sonax DAS pads or SFX Pads. The come in various colours to depict their use "ie" polishing or finishing (wax, sealent).
    I use them on a Porta Cable Dual Action machine. You can also get "spot pads" they are smaller and are used for a "local" area, they come in different grades too.

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    Ed, have you tried the 3M pads..? What are the Sonax and SFX pads like compared to those..?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan_BlackSRi View Post
    Ed, have you tried the 3M pads..? What are the Sonax and SFX pads like compared to those..?
    Hi there. I have not tried them yet. But I am very pleased with the Sonax DAS and SFX. I have quite a good range of them, when they need replacing I might try the 3m range. I find the DAS pads a little softer than the SFX. Both the Blue DAS and SFX pads are very good for applying wax or sealent, I use them a lot on my motor. I also have a small red spot pad ( I don,t remember the make) that I find fits into the pot of most wax,s. It make it easier to apply the wax/sealent thinly. I don,t know about you, but I put too much wax/sealent on if I do it by hand.

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