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Got some used record shifters with some minor scratches on one lever. The scratched portion stands out like a sore thumb because the rest of the lever has a nice black hi gloss. I'm wondering if maybe clear nail polish or some other application would put the sheen back on the scratched areas. Any thoughts or suggestions? Thanks.
 

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nail polish will work...

If done properly, applying several coats of clear polish will fill the scratches. I you want real perfection, the area around the scratch can be sanded with 1000 grit sandpaper and then automotive rubbing compound applied to restore the gloss.

The trick is to keep the polish confined only to the scratch and not overlap onto the undamaged surface any moe than necessary. It's also wise to wipe the lever with lacquer thinner or acetone to clean it before applying the polish.
 
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