by Nate "Buster" Jaros
I keep seeing threads and discussions asking "what is the best product to help remove scratches from my aircraft plexiglass?" I even had a hangar neighbor ask me this very question the other day. It seems that folks just don't know what products are safe as well as effective.
Well the BEST stuff in my opinion is this goo called NOVUS. I have been using it for years on my Bonanza's plexi and even wingtip lenses. Any plexiglass really!
I need to get some before and after photos, and put them on this blog section, but the stuff really works. I've heard of a few guys getting crazy with the stuff and orbital or machine polishers, and damaging their aircraft windows. Obviously, any kind of mechanical polisher can do damage, regardless of the product you use on it...so just be smart, and careful. I did my old hazy, and scratched windows by hand. It took some time, but the results were worth it.
It's a 3-step process (kinda like coarse sand paper, medium grit sand paper, and fine sand paper.) And it really works! Give it a try, you can't damage anything if you do it by hand and use some elbow grease. I think one of the below kits has some cloths that come with it, but any cotton cloth will suffice, just make sure it's clean and dirt-free.
I used this stuff on my windows as well as some tinted G&D window inserts that reside in my plane. Man did it all work great! The Novus products really got rid of the coarse scratches and the medium and fine stuff too, while also just cleaning up years of dirt and grime and wear. I'd even go so far as to say that some of the haziness that is really common in the old plexi was removed. The milky-ness too.
I hope you'll give this Novus a shot next time you need to revitalize your plexiglass, or work out any scratches. I think you'll be impressed.
Nate "Buster" Jaros
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