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Removing Topsheet Scratches

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
Any suggestions on removing topsheet scratches without damaging the topsheet?
I've tried manually applying rubbing compound and polishing compound and it has helped a little.
I also tried Meguiars and Nova plastic polish which seemed to work a little better despite being less abrasive.
I tried 2000 grit, wet sandpaper, but that did more damage than good. (I'm practicing on some old skis first.)
I'm considering trying the polishing compound with a drill and a pad, but I'm curious if anyone else has tried to remove scratches and been succesful.
post #2 of 12
How are the bases and edges? That is where the concern should be.
post #3 of 12
No offense but why would you care?
post #4 of 12
The best way to remove topsheet scratches is to cover them up with more topsheet scratches.
post #5 of 12

your skis look mahvelous ;)

because it's more important to look good than to ski good
post #6 of 12
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post
How are the bases and edges? That is where the concern should be.
I agree, Phil, but I've already addressed those concerns.
I am asking about some demo skis that I bought. The bases looked just about perfect (though in need of wax), had never been ground and still had the factory Stockli structure. I hot scraped them a few times, put a few coats of warm weather wax on them, and they look like new.
The edges also looked good - no nicks, but a little dull. I determined that they were set at 1/1 and I went over them with a series of diamond stones to clean them up and get a nice edge on them. The edges now also look like new.
So with the bottom and the edges done, I was just curious if there was some way to restore (or improve) the appearance of the topsheets. I do realize it's purely cosmetic, but it would be nice to clean the tops up also. I've never needed to do this before, so I was hoping to learn if there were any tips from others. Thanks.
post #7 of 12
Try using plastic polish with a buff wheel.
post #8 of 12
future floor polish....
post #9 of 12
I've used car wax (which you tried, I believe), furniture polish, and floor wax with fairly good success; the relief is still there, but they do restore the lustre, expecially toning down the look of scratches through the topsheet.
post #10 of 12
I've used Meguiar's #2 fine cut polish for all kinds of things (cars, furniture, fiberglass boats). I haven't tried it on skis, but I can't see why it wouldn't work well.
post #11 of 12
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Originally Posted by waxman View Post
future floor polish....
Where were all of you when I was being ridiculed for even being concerned about the scratches?
I ended up using a buffing wheel and polishing compound (rubbing compound seemed no different.) I then sprayed half of the area with Armor All Protectant and the other half with the Future floor polish. I waited about an hour and buffed both areas by hand. They looked pretty similar. Of course, it was much easier to apply the Armor All. The directions on the Future said to use a sponge mop. Since the skis were in the vice on my bench, I kept banging the handle of the mop into the ceiling.
post #12 of 12
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Originally Posted by quickk9 View Post
Any suggestions on removing topsheet scratches without damaging the topsheet?
I've tried manually applying rubbing compound and polishing compound and it has helped a little.
I also tried Meguiars and Nova plastic polish which seemed to work a little better despite being less abrasive.
I tried 2000 grit, wet sandpaper, but that did more damage than good. (I'm practicing on some old skis first.)
I'm considering trying the polishing compound with a drill and a pad, but I'm curious if anyone else has tried to remove scratches and been succesful.

lots of stickers!!!!
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