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Old May 5th 04, 08:17 PM
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I've got some plastic - the kind of plastic a hairdryer, or the main
body of an iron might be made of - and I need to smooth it to something
like its flawless moulded surface before I gouged one of the edges...

What will be a good way to do this? Very fine sandpaper? A very sharp
blade to pare off some sharp bits sticking out? Heated metal to smooth
it down?

Thanks,

Daniele
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Old May 5th 04, 08:48 PM
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"D.M. Procida" wrote in message
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I've got some plastic - the kind of plastic a hairdryer, or the main
body of an iron might be made of - and I need to smooth it to something
like its flawless moulded surface before I gouged one of the edges...

What will be a good way to do this? Very fine sandpaper? A very sharp
blade to pare off some sharp bits sticking out? Heated metal to smooth
it down?

Thanks,

Daniele


You won't get it back to a perfect finish. The acrylics and urethanes that these are
made from are mostly blow moulded and once cured the material changes character and
remains in the shape that the mould gave it. The only real way to make anything like
this smooth and perfect again is to lay another coating of the same or similar
material over it and fill in the broken sections underneath it.


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Old May 5th 04, 09:38 PM
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Try rubbing hard with Brasso - its just a mild abrasive

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Old May 6th 04, 10:37 AM
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D.M. Procida wrote:

I've got some plastic - the kind of plastic a hairdryer, or the main
body of an iron might be made of - and I need to smooth it to something
like its flawless moulded surface before I gouged one of the edges...

What will be a good way to do this? Very fine sandpaper? A very sharp
blade to pare off some sharp bits sticking out? Heated metal to smooth
it down?



Progressively finer abrasives down to T-cut level.



Thanks,

Daniele



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Old May 7th 04, 11:26 AM
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N. Thornton wrote:

The Natural Philosopher wrote in message ...

N. Thornton wrote:

(D.M. Procida) wrote in message ...


I've got some plastic - the kind of plastic a hairdryer, or the main
body of an iron might be made of - and I need to smooth it to something
like its flawless moulded surface before I gouged one of the edges...


One can get it flat and smooth with very fine abrasive, but the
surface will be matt not shiny. A year later you'll notice that the
matt bit is dirty but the rest is clean. No practical way round that
I'm afraid.


That means you haven' gone fine enough on teh abrasive.

T-cut is used in the car world to polish out scratches in paint.


I guess thats true in principle, I just cant imagine spending that
much effort to shine up the toaster.




Get a buffing mop and put it on a leccy drill.


Regards, NT





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