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No mate. This is original restoration
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Look at my after - it's worse that it was to start with !
I went from P120 > P180 > P240 > P320 > P400 > P600 > P800 > P1200 wet sanding.
Followed by 'PolyWatch' but I still cannot get that haze out.
I've ordered 'Cerium Oxide' and plan to put some paste on a foam pad / buffing wheel as my last resort.
Have I missed the trick?
What's your secret?
 

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Look at my after - it's worse that it was to start with !
I went from P120 > P180 > P240 > P320 > P400 > P600 > P800 > P1200 wet sanding.
Followed by 'PolyWatch' but I still cannot get that haze out.
I've ordered 'Cerium Oxide' and plan to put some paste on a foam pad / buffing wheel as my last resort.
Have I missed the trick?
What's your secret?
37 years of experience. It is a careful process. We're you just using your hand to sand or did you use a spindle?
 

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37 years of experience. It is a careful process. We're you just using your hand to sand or did you use a spindle?
RESPECT... for your experience !
No I did it by hand and used a rotary tool at the end with a bit of Dialux (Black/white) compound on a felt pad.
The sanding strips were wetted with a window cleaning 'Mr Muscle' spray instead of water.
Will the 'Cerium Oxide' fix it?
Should I buy P2000 / P5000 / P7000 grit paper and work it finer?
Would appreciate your advice.
 

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RESPECT... for your experience !
No I did it by hand and used a rotary tool at the end with a bit of Dialux (Black/white) compound on a felt pad.
The sanding strips were wetted with a window cleaning 'Mr Muscle' spray instead of water.
Will the 'Cerium Oxide' fix it?
Should I buy P2000 / P5000 / P7000 grit paper and work it finer?
Would appreciate your advice.
if it鈥檚 glass you need diamond paste, time, and a lot of elbow grease. Poly watch and cerium oxide won鈥檛 work as the glass is a lot harder than either of those. Use a thin piece of leather with a hard backing to polish it. Anything soft like a sponge will curve around the sides and ruin the edge profile. I use a piece of leather glued to an old flat caseback for polishing glass. Acrylic is easy, white crest toothpaste works very good on plastic.
 

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if it鈥檚 glass you need diamond paste, time, and a lot of elbow grease. Poly watch and cerium oxide won鈥檛 work as the glass is a lot harder than either of those. Use a thin piece of leather with a hard backing to polish it. Anything soft like a sponge will curve around the sides and ruin the edge profile. I use a piece of leather glued to an old flat caseback for polishing glass. Acrylic is easy, white crest toothpaste works very good on plastic.
Hello Zeke
Darn.. I've just ordered the 'Cerium Oxide'
That's solid advice.
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I see this on Amazon and eBay.

8 pcs set or 12 pcs set

0.5 Micron - Final Polish
1.0 Micron - Mirror finish
1.5 Micron - Mirror finish
2.5 Micron - Mirror finish
3.5 Micron - Fine Polish
5.0 Micron - Fine Polish
7.0 Micron - Pre Polish, fine lapping
10 Micron - Lapping metals

(14 Micron - Stock Removal or lapping metals)
(20 Micron - Stock Removal or lapping metals)
(28 Micron - Medium fast lapping)
(0 Micron - Fast lapping or stock removal carbide )

Is this the stuff you've worked with?
 

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Hello Zeke
Darn.. I've just ordered the 'Cerium Oxide'
That's solid advice.
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I see this on Amazon and eBay.

8 pcs set or 12 pcs set

0.5 Micron - Final Polish
1.0 Micron - Mirror finish
1.5 Micron - Mirror finish
2.5 Micron - Mirror finish
3.5 Micron - Fine Polish
5.0 Micron - Fine Polish
7.0 Micron - Pre Polish, fine lapping
10 Micron - Lapping metals

(14 Micron - Stock Removal or lapping metals)
(20 Micron - Stock Removal or lapping metals)
(28 Micron - Medium fast lapping)
(0 Micron - Fast lapping or stock removal carbide )

Is this the stuff you've worked with?
Yes, those will do it. Similar to the set I have.
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RESPECT... for your experience !
No I did it by hand and used a rotary tool at the end with a bit of Dialux (Black/white) compound on a felt pad.
The sanding strips were wetted with a window cleaning 'Mr Muscle' spray instead of water.
Will the 'Cerium Oxide' fix it?
Should I buy P2000 / P5000 / P7000 grit paper and work it finer?
Would appreciate your advice.
Pi can make it brand new for Australian $30.00 if you like. You are on the right track but it is not easy to do. Cheers
 

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Pi can make it brand new for Australian $30.00 if you like. You are on the right track but it is not easy to do. Cheers
I can actually purchase the crystal for $12 but that's not the point.
This is my workpiece for experimentation and testing as I plan to strip it down and re-build it for experience.
I know some people don't want to share their knowledge, but we are have the same interest.
Do you work through all the grades to the finest?
I saw the THK brand. It was marginally dearer than the one I've put the photo of.
 
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