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have you had luck using some product to remove light scratches?

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  1. drugo

    drugo Strat-Talker

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    Hi

    a friend of mine bought some month ago , a beatutiful blackie mia professional

    he scratched lighty on the body ,and back of the body

    the polish doesn't work , once i was able to remove with a product for cars , the guitar was an ibanez white and product was for white cars


    just wonder if you have you found a good product to remove light scratches

    thanks
    sorry for my poor english
     
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  2. AlexJCRandall

    AlexJCRandall Senior Stratmaster

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    Polishes do work......of course for smaller imperfections.
    You just need a more aggressive abrasive initially. Maybe a fine cut compound would be the go. But you need to do trial and error as 'light scratches' can mean almost anything.

    Once you have got the bigger ones removed, then you need that polish to remove all the scratches you introduced by using the cutting compound.
     
  3. drugo

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    hi
    but it's black the body and i can see the white under the scratches
    i tried dunlop polish without any luck
    thanks
     
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    What the above op has said is the normal practice I have done it on numerous occasions.
    If you are through to the undercoat or whatever is white then repair to the paintwork has to be done.
    Good luck.
     
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  5. arcticstrat

    arcticstrat Senior Stratmaster

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    I use this for swirls and light scratches:

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    But if you are seeing white color under the black paint, no polish is going to make that scratch go away, add black color, and magically fill its self.
     
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    hi , yes the scratches are white , tried dunlop polish but nothing

    how can i add black color and magically fill its selft?
    what kind/type of color should i use?
    paintwork could be harder
    thanks
     
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    Not sure if T- Cut car products are available in Europe but there will be alternatives. There is a range of light cutting compounds in basic colours, black, white, red etc which will remove and ‘fill in’ light scratches. The key is to go very gently and know when to stop! Once done I apply a car polish to seal in the repair.
     
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    It got more relic now, woth + 50 $ more
     
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    Chont Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    doesn't sound like a light scratch to me... unless you mean the scratch is letting some light color through the black
     
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    Meguiar's Scratch X 2.0 has been a miracle worker for me.
     
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    I use the Meguiar's.
     
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    jvin248 Senior Stratmaster

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    If you put a drop of water on the white scratch does it go black? Or just still shows the white under color? If it goes black you can get some thin ca adhesive and do a drop fill to level. see the stew mac video on drop fill but use Thin CA.

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    Deep scratch on black is easy to fix. Use a small brush, fill the crack with paint. Wet sand level, 1000/1500/2000 (maybe a lower grit if your fills are really bumpy). Cut with compound, polish. The products in post #5 are exactly what I use. I use an electric dual action polisher, though. It will look like glass.
     
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    Some car polishes come with a wax crayon type thing to fill scratches , or as said above drop fill and then sand and compound polish back until flat and unseen . I did this once with nail varnish , built up the layers over a matter of days then as I say wet sand and polish, but if your a novice I wouldn't try this as can do more harm than good.
     
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    Neosporin has always worked well for me. Kept some gnarly scars at bay too.
     
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    Meguiars. Get the finishing spray too its brilliant.

     
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    The polish will get rid of fine scratches but it takes a while because it has a lot finer grit than other brands.
     
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    The problem you are describing sounds like more than light scratches. However, there is a solution depending on the depth of the scratch. You need several grades of wet & dry sand paper. I start with 1500 and move through the following 2500, 4000, 5000, 7000. After that I use 2 grades of cream from G3.
    Cut a small piece from each of the sheets. Start with 1500. Slowly and lightly rub the scratch keeping the paper wet. After a few rubs, stop and dry the scratch. If the white reappears repeat the process. Gradually the white scratch will start to fade and then you can go to a higher grade. Eventually it will disappear and the high grades will return the polished finished.
    I do this on many guitars every month and use a sander but I always go through similar grades.
    The technique is exactly the same for removing scratches from cars so it’s worth going to YouTube and looking for videos on scratch removal for cars rather than guitars.
     
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    I find that playing the **** out of a guitar results in it being covered in heavy scratches that completely cover the light scratches. Win/win
     
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