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    Default Scratch removal, is it possible to DIY at home?

    Hey all I've got this really, really nice Jackson guitar and I wanted to know if I could do anything about the wear and tear on the finish from years of playing? Guitar has no missing paint/chips just lots of fine scratches.

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    Default Re: Scratch removal, is it possible to DIY at home?

    Quote Originally Posted by RickD View Post
    Hey all I've got this really, really nice Jackson guitar and I wanted to know if I could do anything about the wear and tear on the finish from years of playing? Guitar has no missing paint/chips just lots of fine scratches.

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    Turtle Wax rubbing and polishing compound (use both.) Possibly a wet sand with 2000 if that doesn’t work. Saves elbow grease if you have a rotary/orbital car polisher for the hard poly btw.
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    Default Re: Scratch removal, is it possible to DIY at home?

    Yes, exactly.
    Use automotive products and a car polisher/buffer.
    You will be amazed at how effective it can be.

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    Default Re: Scratch removal, is it possible to DIY at home?

    Oh no.....


    Oh Yeah!

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    Default Re: Scratch removal, is it possible to DIY at home?

    You can do that quite well yourself but it is a LOT of work. Turtlewax won't do a lot on scratches this deep, so I'd recommend you look at other materials.

    So...what would I recommend? https://www.stewmac.com/Materials_an...ir_System.html

    get that. no more need for wetsanding (wetsanding... yuck). You might have to fill the biggest dents with superglue, get #20 from stewmac as well.

    Then, polish. Use menzerna 300, then 400 and then 3500 to get a super high gloss. If you have a random orbital sander, use:

    https://www.amazon.com/Rupes-Yellow-...ateway&sr=8-12

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