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Old 08-18-2011, 05:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default Car polishing compound usable for acrylic?

Before I go and buy some sort of plastic polish, I have both rubbing compound and polishing compound in liquid form for car clear coat. Will this work for acrylics or do I need to buy a plastic-dedicated polish?

Sanding through 12000 on the MM still leaves very fine scratches.
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Old 08-18-2011, 05:54 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Try McQuires PlastX. It it $4.79 for 12 ounces (Wal-Mart). It is about the same as Novus III, except the cheapest I have found Novus III is $4.69 for 8 ounces.

PlastiX works GREAT!!!!

IMHO, Dupont Polishing Compound has TOO MUCH GRIT. Plastix is really a Lexan Windshield polish or "taillight restorer".
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I've had some success with NuKote once a year car polish, BUT IT IS EXPENSIVE!!!!
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Andy, my friend, you DO realize 8 oz will do a couple hundred pens???

Now, I am CHEAP! But, I toss away a couple bucks for plastic polish at the drop of a hat---bet I have 10 kinds in my shop!!

All of them work--some better than others--but NONE figured into the cost of my pens---sandpaper is more expensive!!! (And IT is CHEAP!!)

So why did I buy so many? Kept hoping one would be MUCH better than the rest----none were. (IMNHO)
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Try McQuires PlastX. It it $4.79 for 12 ounces (Wal-Mart). It is about the same as Novus III, except the cheapest I have found Novus III is $4.69 for 8 ounces.

PlastiX works GREAT!!!!

IMHO, Dupont Polishing Compound has TOO MUCH GRIT. Plastix is really a Lexan Windshield polish or "taillight restorer".

I'm heading to Wally World now for other stuff. I'll look for this. Thanks!
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I use McQuires Plastx on my acrylic pens and the finish is great
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The only Plastx they had was part of a lens renewal kit with a terry cloth and buffing pad...for $16. I'll try my polishing compound and if that doesn't work I'll go to Advance Auto tomorrow to find it.

Thanks, all!
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I use marine cleaner/restorer and a marine cleaner wax, both Dupont. They work great. They are made for fiberglass/gelcoat and then finish up with PlastX. Many times I don't even need to use the Micro Mesh. Just a light touch with the skew.
Car waxes seem to work as well. You already got it, Try it and see where it takes you.
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I also use PlastX, but I've not seen it at Wally World....get it at Auto Supply stores, like Shucks or Pep Boys. Look there first. I use it on all of my Acrylic Pens and also on my CA finishes on wood. It works great!!!
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Andy, my friend, you DO realize 8 oz will do a couple hundred pens???

Now, I am CHEAP! But, I toss away a couple bucks for plastic polish at the drop of a hat---bet I have 10 kinds in my shop!!

All of them work--some better than others--but NONE figured into the cost of my pens---sandpaper is more expensive!!! (And IT is CHEAP!!)

So why did I buy so many? Kept hoping one would be MUCH better than the rest----none were. (IMNHO)

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You DO REALIZE that I go through a bottle of Novus, EVERY WEEK, and a bottle of PlastX every week and a half.

AND, By the way, if you are using SANDPAPER, YOU are Pizzing away money!!!! Abranet lasts almost, forever!!!! If you sold it , I'd buy it from you. But, I got it from Wolftat, 2 years ago! when it wears out, I'll buy more.

AND FOR THE RECORD, a shot of NOVUS II (I think it is the best "rough" polish on the market ) and a shot of PlaxtX = 16 cents per pen!!!! I usually make somewhere between 80 and 100 pens per week, thats $16!

NOW YOU ARE GETTING INTO MY LUNCH MONEY....TACO VIVA, 2 tacos and a draft $3. That savings is a week of "lunch money".

Mamma (who actually owns the Write Stuff Pen Works and Custom Pen shop.com and PimpMyPen.com) runs a tight ship! YOU WANNA EXPLAIN IT TO HER!
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