Polishing compound + 2 applications of scratch/swirl remover did not work. I just want to make sure that perhaps my expectations are off. I only see these light scratches when looking at the furniture from a certain angle (I guess around 15 degrees) with usually direct sunlight. Maybe I'm expecting it to be perfect from every angle and that is wrong? I just know when I look at my car paint from any angle (of course, given the age of it is a factor) I don't see what I see in my furniture. And a part of me feels like I'm doing more harm than good. Not because I'm doing it wrong, but it seems like there are more scratches than ever and these are on sections of the nightstand I don't actively use (the portion opposite where my bed is). That could just be due to frustration and I have to admit, that is growing. A part of this is a vent, and I know it sounds silly given the other problems I could have, but I am extremely disappointed with this "investment" as I have to ask myself what will it look like in 2, 3 years? Looking straight down on it, it looks great, especially after all of the polishing and waxing I've been doing, and feels great to the touch. But even if the rubbing compound works and all or the majority of the light scratches are no longer visible from any angle - how do I maintain such a sensitive piece of furniture. I'm almost tempted to move it to the other side of the bed that is away from the window, but besides the fact the thing weights a ton, my principal kicks in. Anyway, back to my question, are my expectations too high or should a piece of furniture with a high gloss not have what I have?
I will go with plan c: rubbing compound, polishing compound and swirl remover.
And lastly, thank you for your assistance. Your advice has been sound and very much appreciated.