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Scratches On Slabs - Reslab?

 
 
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 Posted 04/21/2018  09:58 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add txgolfer56 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
It seems the PCGS slabs scratch pretty easily. I have several holders that make taking clear pictures of the coin very difficult. Has anyone had their coins reslabbed?
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 Posted 04/21/2018  11:01 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Alpha2814 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I've had a couple reslabbed, but to fix a crack (and one rotation which bugged the heck out of me). Expect to pay the $12 reholdering fee plus other shipping/handling charges (though I got a good deal through my LCS).

That said, if the scratches are light, you could look into buying some PlastX or Novus polishing kit. It's cheaper, and if it doesn't work you can still reholder them. There are some other threads with details and feedback, just search for "Plastx" or "Novus".
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 Posted 04/21/2018  2:15 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add kanga to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I use Novus to clean up scratches.
Works well unless the scratch is particularly deep.
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 Posted 04/21/2018  2:57 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add basebal21 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
They'd don't scratch easy but a lot of dealers don't take very good care of slabs.

Fortunately PCGS are the ones that are the easiest to buff out scratches. There's a lot of threads you can look up about how to do it but if you don't want to put in the effort or want them in the newer slabs which have better optics than you can get them all reslabbed.
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 Posted 04/21/2018  4:35 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add moxking to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I actually look for scratches on PCGS and NGC coins for sale because, believe it or not, many buyers seem to avoid them, even for expensive coins.

I use a buffer on them and they are fine. PCGS is easy to buff. NGC is harder to scratch but harder to buff out too.
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 Posted 04/23/2018  9:17 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add txgolfer56 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
As they say, buy the coin not the slab. I've bought a few where the scratches on the slab were pretty bad. One was so bad, I chose to return the coin for credit from a reputable dealer. I think it got damaged in transit. I don't believe this dealer would have shipped it with the slab in the condition it was in.
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 Posted 05/23/2019  8:17 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Alexdad22 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Use Meguiars Ultimate Compound and a very soft microfiber cloth (the kind for cleaning glasses lenses). Only tiny drop needed. Wipe on, wipe off. Depending on deepness of scratches, repeat 2 to 10 times. I have done this on every one of my PCGS and NGC slabs, and they all look like new if not better. You won't be disappointed.
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 Posted 05/29/2019  07:17 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add just carl to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Use Meguiars Ultimate Compound and a very soft microfiber cloth (the kind for cleaning glasses lenses)

Same stuff I use on auto headlight covers. Works great.
just carl
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