How To Remove Scratches From Plastic

Category: clear acrylic, coloured acrylic, Recycle, Working with acrylic

If you have ever wanted to know how to remove scratches from plastic read guidance from our team of plastic experts, below. The methods are tried and tested.

It’s important to know what type of plastic is scratched before you start. If it is a coated plastic,  scratches will not come out.  If the plastic is clear it is likely to be either acrylic or polycarbonate which are the two most popular clear plastics. Scratches can be removed more successfully from acrylic than polycarbonate. Once polycarbonate is scratched it is not really possible to remove scratches.    If it is a coloured plastic, check if it is coloured acrylic. If it is either clear or coloured acrylic the scratch can probably be removed.

If the scratch is a deep one (eg. it would catch your finger should you rub it over the scratch) then it is unlikely to come out. But smaller, surface scratches can be fairly easily polished out.  Here’s what to do:

  1. Rub the scratch with some wet and dry paper of 600 grade, using some water. Don’t worry if your Acrylic turns frosted and seems to get lots of little scratch marks – this is normal and they will disappear later
  2. Swap to grade 800 wet and dry paper and carry on gently rubbing the scratch for a minute
  3. Continue rubbing for another minute using wet and dry paper grade 1200
  4. Finally, clean and dry the area you should see it looks frosty. Use Brasso to buff and remove this frost effect.

Your acrylic should now look like it has never been scratched.

Alternatively use a scratch removing product especially developed for plastics.  We have tried and tested Xerapolwhich is a specialist acrylic scratch remover originally designed for industrial use.

Xerapol can be used to remove scratches from acrylic

For further help contact The Plastic People team of experts.



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