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Offline David Aubke

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Polishing black keys
« on: January 18, 2012, 08:37:16 PM »
I'm cleaning up the keys on a 1973 - fully skirted key caps. I've been using 3M Wetordry Polishing Papers that go from 400 to 8000 grit and they do a very nice job on the white keys.

Before and after


They do not produce similar results on the black keys though.


I've also tried working through four grades of polishing compounds, the final labeled "Swirl Remover" only to get the same finished product.

I could swear I read somewhere here (maybe in a Wurli section) about similar problems polishing black keys but I can't find that right now.

Anyone have a suggestion to bring these keys back to their original shine? I've read here about Mother's Metal Polish. Think it will do the job?
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Re: Polishing black keys
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2012, 09:40:26 PM »
Have you tried Simichrome or the Novus polishing products?  Haven't tried either on black keys but I use Novus for lots of other plastic polishing applications.  I am only familiar with Simichrome as a metal polish (it is awesome for chrome and aluminum) but some folks have reported success using it on plastic as well.