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Message posted by LobeyDosser on 01/11/2013 at 1:41am
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My 1997 van windows are in need of some TLC to restore some clarity to them.

They are a bit scratched and weather beaten and I was wondering if there is anything on the market that you would recommend to restore them a bit.

I ain't looking for miracles, just a nice shine will do nicely.



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Message posted by jeff juke on 01/11/2013 at 5:29am
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Did mine last year with Brasso and elbow grease hard work but came up great..next time i will use a buff.

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Be careful! If you go at it too hard with a power buffer you will over heat it and get distortion which will be impossible to remove.
   
When using a buffer do it gently and keep it on the move going up and down then side to side also go diagonally and you will get rid of any swirl marks.

I know it sounds strange but I know from working at polishing boat moulds but if you do not go diagonally as well you will not get rid of polish marks no matter how much you polish.

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Thanks for the replies Lads, but I was not looking for anything as abrasive as Brasso.

I have used that in the past on other projects.

I know there are products out there for aircraft and motorcycle plastic windshields, but I was just wondering if there was anything specific that caravan owners used.



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Haven't used it, but this stuff sounds good;
Dometic Acrylic Window Cleaner Set

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Thanks Al+Mel. I have made a note of that.

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windowise (spelling.) from fenwicks

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Thanks Michael. I have made a note of that also.

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Greetings,

In order of abrasiveness ??

Wet and Dry paper (only for deep scratches and v.fine 1000+)Use Household soap to reduce effect if necessary
Brasso
T Cut
Safe Cut (Simonize product)
Polish

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Thanks emmitdb.

Apart from the Safe Cut (Simonize product), I have all of these in my workshop.

The reason I was asking was to see if there was a standard product that most caravan owners were using to keep their caravan windows bright and shiny and clear of weathering.

My recently purchased van has been sitting in a storage for an indeterminate number of years and although inspected from time to time, has not been used or cleaned.

I will try a plastic window polish on it today and then see if any of the windows need a go with a cutting compound.



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Okay, I polished the front windows today and fine scratches are now showing up right across all 3 windows where they have clearly been "polished(???)" by a dirty rag by a previous owner.

I will now buy some scratch remover and have a bash with that.

Ofcourse looking for fine scratches is somewhat hampered by the amount of "nose marks" on the inside surface.
I hasten to add that these were not caused by the noses of either myself nor Mrs Lobey, but by our two wee dugs!



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Ha!

Perhaps you could get them to help by fitting them up with polishing nose mitts?

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Quote: Originally posted by Al+Mel on 02/11/2013
Ha!

Perhaps you could get them to help by fitting them up with polishing nose mitts?

Funnily enough, we discussed doing that with them this evening!!!

Great minds, aye?



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No question

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Hi Lobey, I see you have moved to the dark side from folding camper-land too! I have scratches on my windows too and would like to remove them, even if only from the front windows. If one of those product really makes a difference please post which it is, I have seen various products on ebay which claim to do the job, but I can't really afford to try lots of different ones!��

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Okay Clairhope. Will do.

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