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The solid plastic (acrylic?) non-opening portlites on my cabin are 20 years old and while translucent, I certainly cant see anything through them. They seem to be fairly thick. I was told I could polish them out to get rid of the fine scratching that obscures vision. Anybody know the best procedure?
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Yes..Tommyt sent me a product called Prism Polish.

Its like ultra secret and you can only buy if you go to a special convention

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Also try Flitz Metal Polish. It does wonders on plastics as well. (But at 20 years of age they are probably shot.)

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thanks, Ill check it out. I thought Id have to go through a 600/ 1000/2000 etc sanding regime.
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MacGuire's Mirror Glaze polish and cleaner can give good results too.. but if your ports are seriously opaque you will not likely get a completely clear view without changing them.

I hear Flitz is becoming hard to find.
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Not that long ago I wrote about how successful I was using Prism Polish on my 30 plus year port lights. I was so excited and expounded on the virtues of the product to such a degree, that I was accused of being a spammer. Only the intercession of camaraderie saved me from being electronically tarred and feathered. If you search this forum you will find my thread. Just be careful how you praise the product. Some members can be very quick to heat the tar!!!

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I'm going to check that out. I have 1/2 inch Lexan fixed ports in my pilothouse I am loath to change due to the fact that they are well installed and to physically replace them would be expensive. But they are somewhat scratched (not badly crazed) and even eliminating half of that would be a big improvement.
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I also recommend Flitz Metal Polish, which comes with a polishing ball for your drill. It's non toxic so no fumes or skin irritations. I encountered Flitz at a sailboat show this fall and was interested enough to come back with an old pane that was as heavily colored and scratched as the 27 yr old panes on my boat. (The PO changed this one out, but then passed away before he could do the others). It worked really well! It will not undo the internal effects of aging - none will. But it did a beautiful job of cleaning and polishing the surfaces.
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I'm going to check that out. I have 1/2 inch Lexan fixed ports in my pilothouse I am loath to change due to the fact that they are well installed and to physically replace them would be expensive. But they are somewhat scratched (not badly crazed) and even eliminating half of that would be a big improvement.
I'll second poopdeckpappy. Tooth paste works well on minor jobs, and its cheap.

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