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One of my service accounts has some scratches, not particularly deep, but long and very white. they are on the outside of the tank.

 

Anyone know of a good acrylic polisher guy/gal?

 

James at Envision would be great, except its not exactly his forte' he isnt interested in doing it.

 

any recommendations would be great.

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Have you tried novus two and three yet? If the scratches are to much for novus Three I would try to sell them a new tank. Any time you remove large scratches with micromesh you are removing material which is going to cause distortion when looking in the tank.

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Have you tried novus two and three yet? If the scratches are to much for novus Three I would try to sell them a new tank. Any time you remove large scratches with micromesh you are removing material which is going to cause distortion when looking in the tank.

Does some have this local?

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Thanks Travis Ill try the novus, if I can just get the white to go away, it should be enough. Its in a bar and its a 340gal tank, so replacing it wont be an option (they wont spend that kind of coin again for a few scratches Im sure of it).

 

Ill work on it a bit with just the novus and see how it comes out, they can then decide if they want to find a "professional".

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*Disclaimer: Advice given in this forum is for entertainment purposes only :)

 

Maybe James will jump in here but if you just want to clean up the scratch a butane torch should work fine... Just don't get it too hot or it will start to off gas and bubble.

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  • 4 years later...

If there are lots of deep scratches like I did from a sea urchin, I used 400 - 12000 grit wet sand paper and used a square sander to resurface my tank. My sander is a 3 prong type so I had it plugged into a GFCI outlet. Just in case I drop the [language filter] thing, as I was working with water too. Then finished up with Novus #3, #2 and acrylic polisher as the final step. The tank will never look like it was brand new, but good enough where you have to know what a new tank looks like to see the difference.

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Trautman it won't lead to stress no worry all u are doing is sanding the acrylic down and then bufferying it. In order to get stress u need to be buffing on one spot with a buffer pad on high speed for some time. I work with acrylic and sanding and then buffing is best when u have a lot of scratches and deep ones. Just like waxing a car :) not picking on you bro

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the torch trick *kinda* works, still leaves the scratch, just polishes the white part, but it stresses the material so don't advise it.

3 other good choices:

* Novus 2/3 by hand, #1 does squat for scratches, just a cleaner. I you use 3, be sure to use 2 after

* Small buffing wheel in a drill, use Novus 2/3 (I hate 3 but has it's place) - just make sure to use lotsa Novus so you don't burn the acrylic.

* Micromesh, the *complete* kit, the kit available at Woodcraft is not the same kit available at Micro-surface.com (kit NA-78-1 or MA-1)

 

There are a coupla other kits out there, but cost much more $$

 

James

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