Mind Riot Posted November 27, 2006 Report Share Posted November 27, 2006 Hi all. I recently managed to put some nice scratches on my black Schecter when I removed the bridge pickup and bezel to cut the pickup height spring so I could adjust it higher. The height adjustment screw put some rather deep scratches on the top, despite my laying down shop towels on the body to protect it. It cut right through them and left scratches. So I wet sanded them out with Micro Mesh, and got rid of all of them except two deep spots that I suspect are down past the clear, so I left them. They're quite tiny, I won't have any problem living with them. I used the Micro Mesh all the way up to 12000, so the gloss is indistinguishable from the rest of the guitar unless you hold it at a certain angle in the light, then you can tell the patina doesn't quite match. Neither the stock surface nor the repaired surface look bad, they just look ever so slightly different. I was also thinking to myself that it was time to polish this guitar. It's got the usual light scratches and swirls over most of it from use. I clean it regularly, but I've never actually polished it, with a nourishing polish meant for paint. I've had it for just over two years now, and it was new when I got it. So I went looking for some swirl remover and polish at the auto parts store, and came across this Meguiar's ScratchX swirl remover. I'm also planning on picking up some of the Mirror Glaze #7 tomorrow, but I just got the ScratchX today. I was planning on using the ScratchX to remove some of the light scratches then polish with the #7. But I know some polishes and cleaners contain silicone, and I don't want something I apply now to mess me up later if I need to do drop fills or touch up work at some point. I looked around Meguiar's website and forum, and someone asked this very question directly. The Admin danced around it, saying that ScratchX was "formulated to work on cured paints" whereas Swirl Remover #9 "was safe for body shop work". This makes me think that ScratchX does contain silicone but he doesn't want to admit it and have to deal with some of the paranoia about it. But in the world of guitar finishes, concern about silicone is justified. So what I'm wondering is, does anyone know FOR A FACT whether or not Meguiar's ScratchX swirl remover contains silicone? My information I've found so far makes me think that it does, and I may take it back tomorrow if I can. I don't know what else to get, Meguiar's is a brand I trust becuase of everything I've heard about it, but I need to get something that will work for the special needs of guitar finishes. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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