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#1 Dave P

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Posted 02 October 2006 - 06:17 AM

Hello

My caravan is 4 years old and i have tried everything possible not to scratch the windows when cleaning them but they all seem to have them-----would'nt you think the manufactures could coat them these days with some super anti scratch stuff---anyway has anybody found anything to take these out??

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Posted 02 October 2006 - 07:37 AM

Hello

My caravan is 4 years old and i have tried everything possible not to scratch the windows when cleaning them but they all seem to have them-----would'nt you think the manufactures could coat them these days with some super anti scratch stuff---anyway has anybody found anything to take these out??

Dave

Hi Dave,

Caravan windows are either made from polycarbonate or acrylic plastic - both are light-weight, resistant to UV light, optically clear and have good thermal properties - and polycarbonate is used to make safety glasses - but both scratch quite easily.

Polishing the scratches out
The two plastics scratch easily, which also means that they polish easily too.

You can buy specialist acrylic polish - like Xerapol but there are many others, which has a very fine cutting compound, and simply follow the directions. Likewise other people have used toothpaste and brasso, both of which contain fine to very fine cutting compounds.

Whilst you can polish the whole window with an electric polishing tool, never use a polishing mop on an electric drill - even on the slowest setting the drill rotates too fast and over-heats the plastic.

The only tip I can add is to make sure you keep adding plenty of clean water whilst polishing.

Keeping the windows scratch free
Inadvertently dragging small bits of grit across the window when you wash them is a sure way of scratching the surface.

If you use a car wash sponge - and drop it on the floor once - then forget ever using it on windows.

I've had success using a £10 car wash brush, which doesn't hold grit in the very soft bristles - but other people haven't. Some people use a (disposable) soft cotton towelling mitt with equal effect.

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Posted 02 October 2006 - 07:44 AM

Jewellers rouge is anotther fine cutting paste used in the jewellery trade. there is also a liquid scratch remover made for CD's you could try.

I personally have never tried any of the above, but will do soon if scratches appear.

Vivien

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Posted 02 October 2006 - 08:01 AM

Hello

My caravan is 4 years old and i have tried everything possible not to scratch the windows when cleaning them but they all seem to have them-----would'nt you think the manufactures could coat them these days with some super anti scratch stuff---anyway has anybody found anything to take these out??

Dave



Dave,

Try Greygate Plastic Polish.Our groundcrew always used it on aircraft canopies,also used by the RAF and the Navy.Not suitable for cellulose acetate.

http://www.greygate.com/

The last lot I bought cost £10 for 2x100ml bottles including P&P.

Best,

Frank

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Posted 02 October 2006 - 10:09 AM

my local dealer uses t cut and and states its as goood as any other scratch remover at 2 -3 times the price

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Posted 02 October 2006 - 04:11 PM

Hi All

Many thanks to you all for the tips

I will be trying some of them out when I get home

I think this Site is very good and pleased I came across it today

Thanks again

Dave :)

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Posted 02 October 2006 - 04:15 PM

I use Farécla Advanced G3 Liquid & it works, t-cut is hard work to remove, easycut or oxicut is far easier to remove
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Posted 02 October 2006 - 06:20 PM

I use Farécla Advanced G3 Liquid & it works, t-cut is hard work to remove, easycut or oxicut is far easier to remove

They also do a full kit to take out deep scratches.
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Posted 02 October 2006 - 08:34 PM

Jewellers rouge is anotther fine cutting paste used in the jewellery trade. there is also a liquid scratch remover made for CD's you could try.

I personally have never tried any of the above, but will do soon if scratches appear.

Vivien


Hi Vivien,

You must be very careful with jeweller's rouge as it can polish deep gouges out of glass so it may be a bit severe for plastic windows.

Does anybody know where I can buy a small quantity of the rouge as I have a couple of scratches in my windscreen?

Regards,

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Posted 03 October 2006 - 05:34 AM

Hi Vivien,

You must be very careful with jeweller's rouge as it can polish deep gouges out of glass so it may be a bit severe for plastic windows.

Does anybody know where I can buy a small quantity of the rouge as I have a couple of scratches in my windscreen?

Regards,

Ian.


Try your local "autowindscreens"
They use it so may sell you a little

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Posted 03 October 2006 - 05:55 AM

There are a selection of products on the market now that will remove scratches from plastic windows in addition to the traditional DIY solutions, such as tothpaste, Brasso, Silvo etc. One of these bespoke products is Xerapol.
See also this thread.
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Posted 03 October 2006 - 02:35 PM

Try your local "autowindscreens"
They use it so may sell you a little

Thanks for that I'll give them a try,
Ian.

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Posted 10 October 2006 - 08:03 AM

Hi, the previous owners of our caravan put a couple scratch's down the side of our van somehow and on the windows to , iv'e found by using small amounts of brasso on the affected areas seems pretty good at reducing the scratch's then polish the window using a car polish (i used turtle wax) they haven't completely gone but are only noticable now quite close up , i wish i could do something about the scratch's the previous owner did on the body of the van iv'e put a couple of reflectors on them to try and hide them but i still know they are there.

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Posted 10 October 2006 - 11:35 AM

Hi, the previous owners of our caravan put a couple scratch's down the side of our van somehow and on the windows to , iv'e found by using small amounts of brasso on the affected areas seems pretty good at reducing the scratch's then polish the window using a car polish (i used turtle wax) they haven't completely gone but are only noticable now quite close up , i wish i could do something about the scratch's the previous owner did on the body of the van iv'e put a couple of reflectors on them to try and hide them but i still know they are there.

Hi all,
I actually use car polish every time I clean the windows as it takes out the very small scratches, with prolonged use,
Ian.

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Posted 25 October 2006 - 12:08 PM

Hello
My caravan is 4 years old and i have tried everything possible not to scratch the windows when cleaning them but they all seem to have them-----would'nt you think the manufactures could coat them these days with some super anti scratch stuff---anyway has anybody found anything to take these out??
Dave

As advised by my dealer, Lowdhams, use metal polish.

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Posted 25 October 2006 - 04:31 PM

We use a polish specifically for this purpose - it's called Caravan Pride and we've seen it at quite a few dealers. It does windows and ABS end panels too. Very effective - we use it once or twice per year to keep on top of the number of scratches, and as it's specifically for this purpose then there shouldn't be any long term concerns about using inappropriate polishes / chemicals. We've used this for the past 6 years on 3 different vans and had no problem.




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