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Removing Scratches From PCGS Holder (With Pics)

 
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 Posted 05/09/2018  3:33 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Alpha2814 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I've seen this topic come up occasionally, so here's my latest attempt. The pics below aren't the best but I hope they show the level of damage that the polish was able to improve upon.

I took a gamble on this piece, just came in the mail today. The seller's pics were pretty bad (blurry, at an angle) so chances were good that the slab had some scuffs. I was right.

When it arrived, it had a red smear like a grease pencil on the reverse. I cleaned that off with an alcohol pad, and the scuffs you see in this picture are after that -- it looked like someone took a pin and went back and forth over the center of the piece, like when you scratch out something on a notepad:



The product I used is PlastX -- it was recommended in some earlier threads, along with Novus Plastic Polish. I went with PlastX because I found only one formula for it on Amazon while there are three varieties of Novus. Rather than research which one I needed, or going through all three, I just kept it simple.

I applied a pea-sized dollup directly to the slab, and some elbow grease with the microfiber cloth that came with the Verdi-Care kit I bought last year. Rub it in, wipe it away with a clean part of the cloth. Did it again, same way. The scratches that remain are too deep for the polish to remove completely (I tried a third application, with no improvement) but overall I'm impressed with the results:



So the Plastx did a great job with the light scuffs that were obscuring the center of the piece, but didn't remove the deeper scratches near the bottom. That's not surprising, but overall it's still a much more attractive presentation than what I received. Not worth re-holdering at this point though I would have definitely considered it if the holder couldn't have been repaired at all.
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 Posted 05/09/2018  3:38 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add dave700x to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
That's quite an improvement.
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 Posted 05/09/2018  3:57 pm  Show Profile   Check chafemasterj's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add chafemasterj to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Very nice improvement.
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 Posted 05/09/2018  4:34 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Andrew99 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Novus will do better. Novus 3 is a heavy grit and will remove those deep scratches. Novus 2 is more like PlastX. Novus one is a polisher and takes out the ultra fine lines that Novus 2 creates.

I have often thought of getting a couple of cases of it and setting my teenager up at a show remediating slabs for $2 a piece as well as selling the product. Sort of a numismatists version of a lemonade stand.
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Great idea for a show , but will cover the cost of a table ?
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 Posted 05/23/2019  8:11 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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Use Meguiars Ultimate Compound and a very soft microfiber cloth

Same thing for auto lenses and it works great.
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 Posted 05/30/2019  3:27 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add 1962penny to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
wow that is quite the improvement. nice job
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