How to Remove Scratches in a Clear Coat Table Top

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An acrylic table top provides a durable, attractive and clear surface to use as a coffee table in a living room or den. A scratch mars the surface, as well as the appearance, and so should be removed as soon as it is discovered. You will need a few supplies from a hardware store or a home and garden shop and a power tool that can be rented if not already owned.

Things You'll Need

  • Compressed air
  • Mild abrasive polish
  • Plastic spatula
  • Soft cloths
  • #600-grit sandpaper
  • Medium-grade rubbing compound
  • Fine-grade buffing pad
  • Buffing tool
  • Acrylic cleaner spray
  • Blow off the surface of the acrylic table top where the scratch is with a burst of compressed air. Apply a mild abrasive polish to the edge of a plastic spatula. Place the edge of the spatula against one side of the scratch and press down. Drag the edge across the length of the scratch, raising it from the acrylic once the other side has been reached.

  • Place the edge of a soft cloth against the side of the scratch where you had first placed the edge of the spatula. Press down on the cloth as you drag it across the scratch and lift it once the other side is reached. Repeat this procedure four or five times -- do it less or more, depending upon whether you see the scratch becoming less visible to the eye.

  • Blow off the surface where the scratch is with compressed air. Repeat the procedure just finished, only this time with a #600-grit piece of sandpaper. Blow off the surface with compressed air again.

  • Apply a medium-grade rubbing compound to the edge of a plastic spatula. Place the edge of the spatula against one side of the scratch and press down. Drag the edge across the length of the scratch, raising it from the acrylic once the other side has been reached.

  • Place a fine-grade buffing pad on the end of the buffing tool and lock it into position using the set screw. Press the trigger on the buffing tool. Place the buffing pad against the scratch at the end where you started with the polish and press down. Drag the buffing pad back and forth against the length of the scratch for a half minute. Remove the pad and inspect the scratch -- if it is no longer visible to the eye, you’re done. If the scratch is still visible to the eye, repeat the procedure until it is no longer visible.

  • Blow off the area where the scratch was with a burst of compressed air. Spray acrylic cleaner on the acrylic table top and wipe it to a shine with a clean cloth.

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