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#1 Panda

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Posted 17 September 2010 - 11:13 PM

Here's a video of restoring my badly scratched Ikelite 8" dome port using Micro Mesh NC-78-1 polishing kit. It worked brilliantly, I'm so happy with the result.
The scratches were bad enough to be obvious in photos.

I bought the kit from www.thesandpaperman.com.au for $59 delivered. (Australian dollars, freight from QLD to Geelong VIC)


Edited by Panda, 18 September 2010 - 02:04 PM.

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Posted 18 September 2010 - 07:49 AM

Thanks for the video! I have a dome port that needs polishing, but I have been afraid to try this myself. I worried that I'd ruin the port. After seeing how simple and straightforward the process is, I feel confident I could do this as well.

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Here's a video of restoring my badly scratched Ikelite 8" dome port using Micro Mesh NC-78-1 polishing kit. It worked brilliantly, I'm so happy with the result.
The scratches were bad enough to be obvious in photos.

I bought the kit from www.thesandpaperman.com.au for $59 delivered. (Australian dollars, freight from QLD to Geelong VIC)


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#3 Panda

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Posted 18 September 2010 - 02:01 PM

Excellent. I found some videos of headlight cover polishing but none on dome ports so I thought it was worth recording.

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Posted 18 September 2010 - 02:08 PM

Cool. I did this a couple times and found a tall glass of Irish whiskey helps. ;)

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Posted 20 September 2010 - 10:12 AM

Cool. I did this a couple times and found a tall glass of Irish whiskey helps. :D


As what? Solvent to clean all the dust out of the mesh pads?? ;)


And to the OP: thanks for the video! I've done this myself with the 3-step grit/solution option not Micromesh, but having a video of the actual operation is helpful!

Edited by rtrski, 20 September 2010 - 10:13 AM.

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Posted 20 September 2010 - 05:41 PM

As what? Solvent to clean all the dust out of the mesh pads?? ;)


And to the OP: thanks for the video! I've done this myself with the 3-step grit/solution option not Micromesh, but having a video of the actual operation is helpful!


You can use it to clean the dome, the mesh pads and take the edge off the fact that for most of the project it looks like you're doing something terribly wrong.

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Posted 20 September 2010 - 08:09 PM

Thanks for a great video. I have also been afraid to try this, but now I feel much more confident.

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Posted 20 September 2010 - 09:56 PM

Thank you for posting the video!

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Posted 20 September 2010 - 10:17 PM

Thanks. It was easier than I imagined and the final result is sparkly clear.

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Posted 21 September 2010 - 09:37 AM

Thanks! Now I am inspired to try mine ...
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Posted 26 May 2012 - 12:59 AM

Thanks a lot for the video.
Do you think it may also work for the Fisheye conversion lense FixUwl-04
http://www.fisheye-j...wl04/index.html
Looking at the description on their website the dome seems to be plastic.
Any help will be highly appreciated.

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Posted 26 May 2012 - 08:35 PM

If you can remove the shade and the dome is acrylic then yes it should work.

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Posted 29 May 2012 - 11:20 AM

really great - i did mine a while ago after a few beers for a little encouragement. but it was surprisingly easy!! and to this day it is as good as the day i bought it.
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using the multiple grades of micromesh is a must and plenty of water. i also use one of those hard sponges to ensure eveness as opposed to the uneven pressure of my hand... oh and keep moving and sand around the afflicted area.
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