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NOVUS 1 PLASTIC CLEAN ; SHINE Gently cleans all plastics without scratching. Leaves a lustrous shine that resists fogging, repels dust, and eliminates static. NOVUS 2 FINE SCRATCH REMOVER Removes fine scratches, haziness and abrasions from most plastics. With repeated use, NOVUS No. 2 restores faded and discolored plastics. Removes the damage instead of filling it in Buffs out quickly After restoring, seals with a coat of polish NOVUS 3 HEAVY SCRATCH REMOVER Removes heavy scratches and abrasions from most acrylic surfaces. Use when damage is too severe to be restored with NOVUS No. 2 polish. POLISH USES Plastic Storm Windows ; Skylights Boat Windows ; Fiberglass Auto Interiors, Gauges, Chrome, ; Acrylic Paint Collapsible Windows on Convertibles ; Sport Utility Vehicles Motorcycle Windscreens, Visors, Fairings ; Helmets Snowmobile Windshields, Helmets, ; Hoods Turntable Dust Covers, Stereo Faceplates Compact Discs, Video Laser Discs, ; CD ROM's Acrylic Hot Tubs ; Spas Acrylic, Fiberglass or Cultured Marble Tubs, Showers ; Counters Microwave Oven Doors, Decorator Acrylic Refrigerator Panels Acrylic Aquariums Telephones, Pagers, Scanners Acrylic Trophies ; Awards Plastic Display Cases ; Signs Gauges ; Instrument Control Panels Safety shields ; Goggles Airplane Windows Salad Bar Sneeze Guards Video Games, Pinball Machines ; Jukeboxes Copiers and Fax Machines Acrylic Furniture Cash Registers ; Calculators Emergency Vehicle Light Bar Lens Covers Acrylic on Tanning Beds
I have a 2002 Nissan Altima and the headlights were starting to look foggy, so I did a quick google search and it led me to this product. Not much info was given about it, so I opted for the one with the 'cloth' and the bigger 8 oz. bottles. This product worked perfect, I just paid for more than I needed. Let me explain...
First off the 'cloth' is a glorified paper towel. DO NOT let that be a factor in your decision! I thought it would be a nice polishing cloth, sandpaper, or something worth while, but no... It's just a paper towel. If you find a cheaper option without it, go for it!
Second, the 3 bottle was useless. It is meant to take out 'bigger' scratches, but it didn't work for me. I used the three step process "as is" and saw no difference at all. What made the difference was sanding. I would not purchase the 3 bottle again.
I read that a good technique for sanding is to use 800, 1000, then 1500 grain sandpaper to prepare my headlights for this product. I also read it takes over 2 hours! Another opinion was that all you need to do is use 2000 grain sandpaper and that would save you time. I went that route. I had a little trouble finding the sandpaper as my local hardware store didn't carry it, but wally world had it in the auto section for about $3.
If you have deep scratches or any imperfections you can feel by touch I recommend getting a lower grain sandpaper to buff that out, then wet sanding (sanding with water) with either the 1500 or 2000. This will save you some time, but you could just use the higher grain sandpaper, it will just take longer.
After sanding your headlights, or whatever plastic you are working on, should have an even haze throughout. If you can still see the imperfections in the haze, repeat the sanding process until they are gone.
This is where the Bottle 2 comes in and works great! This is intended for small scratches, and will fill all the ones you just created by sanding perfectly. Apply this with a paper towel like you are applying wax to a car, then let it sit for a few minutes. There were no instructions on what to do with all this gunk 2 leaves behind, so I used the 1 bottle to wash it off.
When I cleaned it off I was left with crystal clear plastic! It was AMAZING! I could still see a few imperfections, but they were only left behind because I didn't sand deep enough to get them out.
+ 2 bottle works wonders!
- Paper towel advertised as a cloth
- 3 bottle useless (for me at least)
- 1 bottle could easily be replaced by windex or any other plastic friendly cleaner of your choice.
- 8 oz. was way too much for me
This product did exactly what I wanted it to do! My headlights look clear as crystal! I hope this review helps other people to pick what they need for their project.
One of the challenges of being an artist who frames her own work is the fact that acrylic glazing has become standard in the industry (competitions, exhibitions). In my circle, glass is rarely used anymore. There are many positives about using plexi, but the biggest downside is the reality that it easily scratches. The other day I delivered a piece to a customer and was embarrassed to discover in the light a large (1 in L shape) and deep scratch on the surface. I offered to take the piece home and repair or replace the plexi. She was very understanding and gracious and was willing to wait. For me, opening up a framed piece is a real nightmare as I have to deal all over again with static and dust. And there is always the risk that something will go wrong with the process that might mean having to cut another mat, etc. I decided to first try to buff the scratch out with the Novus products (1,2,3) I already had available. This was to be my test case - if Novus could get ride of this significant scratch, I would first try removing scratches before spending additional $ to replace a sheet of custom cut plexi. Using cheesecloth (because it was available), I worked Novus 3 as directed for a good hour - applying it with strong pressure. With repeat applications, to my amazement the deep gouge disappeared and left no trace of it having been there (the plexi didn't have a wide trough). Then I used 2 (again for an extended period of time and repeat applications) and the scratch was gone. OK, so this took me probably 1.5 hours of hand polishing and my fingers are pretty tired - but the alternative of spending as much time if not more and money to order, pick up and reframe the piece (again, I hate framing and have huge respect for those who do it professionally) was less appealing. I've used Novus for years, but always ditched the pieces that had significant scratches. Now I know that persistence pays and I will investigate the use of special buffing and polishing pads to speed up the process and protect my hands.