Removing scratches from windows
It’s all too easy to brush passing hedges when towing a caravan, something which can scratch the plastic windows. Thankfully, these marks are relatively easy to remove with a few well-chosen products.
Tools required: rotary buffer/polisher with variable speed control (from £30 on eBay or Amazon), 3M Fast Cut Plus (approx. £17 on eBay or Amazon for 250g), clean cloth (microfibre cloths are ideal), 1200 and 2000 Wet & Dry sandpaper for deeper scratches.
- Apply Fast Cut Plus compound to the buffing pad.
- Set the speed control to the slowest setting
- Press the pad against the window until the pad compresses slightly. If the window flexes inwards, that’s too hard.
- Turn the polisher on while keeping a firm grip
- Move the polisher in slow, overlapping strokes while paying attention to the scratches.
- Add more compound if necessary
- After a few passes, clean with a cloth to see progress made. Repeat if necessary
Deeper scratches can’t be removed with compound alone and courser abrasives will be required. The following steps need to be taken carefully, keeping a close eye on progress at all times.
- Dip the 1200 Wet & Dry sandpaper into a cup of water and rub across the length of the scratch in a side-to-side motion until most of the scratch has been removed.
- Do the same as above with 2000 Wet & Dry until 99% of the scratch has gone
- Steps 1 & 2 will leave a dull patch. Machine polish this dull patch as if dealing with a fine scratch in steps 1 to 6 above.
- Wipe clean and admire your handiwork.