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Easiest way to remove (most) scratches from clear coat?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by louloomis, May 1, 2017.

  1. louloomis

    louloomis Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2004
    Hi. I have a bass with a pretty decent amount of scratches that are not very deep. I'd like to try to remove most of them if at all possible.

    Is there a relatively easy way to do this easily (i.e. slowly and carefully)? I don't want to take it to a luthier because I think it will be a lot more expensive than the amount of money I have in the bass already. The results don't have to be perfect (i.e. all scratches removed), but I would like to try to improve it.

    Thanks in advance.

    Last edited: May 1, 2017
  2. ddnidd1

    ddnidd1 Supporting Member

    In the past I have used compound products by Meguiars on quite a few basses.

    There are plenty of products of this type on the market.

    It just takes a lot of hand rubbing using increasingly fine 'abrasives'.
  3. +1

    Meguiar's #7 is my favorite "one step" for light scratches.

    Works great on my cars too. :thumbsup:
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  4. 96tbird

    96tbird PLEASE STAND BY Supporting Member

    Yep, if its a poly clear, any auto polish will work perfectly.
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  5. Warhawk


    Jan 31, 2003
    Canton, Ohio
    Yep, auto polish. I really like Meguiars products.
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  6. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    Best: 3M Finesse-It II #39003 Machine Polish. Stuff stays usable in the bottle for years, too.

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  7. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    I vote this way also. I have used it for polishing out roughness on a couple of instruments, and for final buff on a lacquer repaint. I bought a soft buffing wheel at ACE Hardware with a shaft that would chuck up in my 3/8" VSR drill, and used it to buff out the rough areas with much less hand-work.

    NOTE: if you do that, remember that a spinning buffing wheel will throw polish all over....wear eye protection, don't do this in your living room, and don't wear your best clothes while doing it.
    Last edited: May 3, 2017
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  8. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Supporting Member

    Another satisfied Meguir's user (on both nitro and poly.)

    On, and +1 to all the above.