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Old 09-20-2012, 07:57 PM   #1
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HELP....I made my acrylic aquarium worse!

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I am new to this forum but not that new to fish keeping. I have a 55 Gallon American cichlid tank and just recently acquired a 70 gallon acrylic tank for a really good trade on craigslist. I decided bc it is so unique, it is a stretched octagon shape with an oak stand and canopy I wanted it to be kind of like a show tank for my living room. I sanded down the stand a re-stained it to match my living room furnisher and it looks great. The tank was in good condition but not great. It had some minor scratches but nothing that bad. It was clear no cloudiness. Well I filled it up to test it and realized you could still see some scratches so I researched everything I could about sanding a buffing. I ordered the Novus and tried that first, with no success. So I decided I wanted to sand it, looking back I want to kick myself! I read a lot from everywhere, watched YouTube videos and saw how beautiful some peoples tanks turned out, so my thought was, mine is nowhere near that bad I can get it to look like that. Well I started with wet/dry sandpaper 600,1000,1500,2000. That was all they sold besides a 3000 at our local auto store. Well I did everything that the people on YouTube did and after using the Novus 3 and then the 2(I used the 2 three times) using a palm buffer/polisher, it has streaks of haziness. I am sorry for this being so long I just wanted to be descriptive. What do I do????? Do I need to start the sanding process over, if so at what grit? I just wished I had never messed with it, the scratches were nothing compared to this cloudiness. Thanks for any help.

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Old 09-21-2012, 12:45 PM   #2
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Hello everyone,
I am new to this forum but not that new to fish keeping. I have a 55 Gallon American cichlid tank and just recently acquired a 70 gallon acrylic tank for a really good trade on craigslist. I decided bc it is so unique, it is a stretched octagon shape with an oak stand and canopy I wanted it to be kind of like a show tank for my living room. I sanded down the stand a re-stained it to match my living room furnisher and it looks great. The tank was in good condition but not great. It had some minor scratches but nothing that bad. It was clear no cloudiness. Well I filled it up to test it and realized you could still see some scratches so I researched everything I could about sanding a buffing. I ordered the Novus and tried that first, with no success. So I decided I wanted to sand it, looking back I want to kick myself! I read a lot from everywhere, watched YouTube videos and saw how beautiful some peoples tanks turned out, so my thought was, mine is nowhere near that bad I can get it to look like that. Well I started with wet/dry sandpaper 600,1000,1500,2000. That was all they sold besides a 3000 at our local auto store. Well I did everything that the people on YouTube did and after using the Novus 3 and then the 2(I used the 2 three times) using a palm buffer/polisher, it has streaks of haziness. I am sorry for this being so long I just wanted to be descriptive. What do I do????? Do I need to start the sanding process over, if so at what grit? I just wished I had never messed with it, the scratches were nothing compared to this cloudiness. Thanks for any help.

Lindsay
Please can't anyone help, I don't know what to do next. PLEASE HELP! Thanks.

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Old 09-21-2012, 01:22 PM   #3
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I used to detail cars so I am familliar with your problem. The issuesis not the scratches but the optics. Almost any light will be magnified in the scratches. There are "scratch remover" kits on the market but most are a gimmick. In short your problem is a hard one but not impossible. To repair scratches in acrylic you need to do the following:

1. Get some sheets of 1000 grit sand paper and an orbital sander. You CAN NOT use this sandpaper by hand.
2. get a spray bottle and fill it with distilled water.
3. Spray the scratched area and use the orbital sander and sand paper. Use the lightest pressure that you can, and try not to let te sander sit still for too long on any one area.
4. Spray the area often (every 10-15 seconds) and you will see the scratches start to diminish. (don't panic if you start to see a fine white powder).
5. Once you can no longer see the scratches...wipe /dry the area with with a soft cloth and apply the Novus.

I had a similar problem with fine scratches on a motorcycle wind screen (Lexan Acrylic) and this was the method used to correct.

Take your time...patience is the key.

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Old 09-21-2012, 02:11 PM   #4
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I used to detail cars so I am familliar with your problem. The issuesis not the scratches but the optics. Almost any light will be magnified in the scratches. There are "scratch remover" kits on the market but most are a gimmick. In short your problem is a hard one but not impossible. To repair scratches in acrylic you need to do the following:

1. Get some sheets of 1000 grit sand paper and an orbital sander. You CAN NOT use this sandpaper by hand.
2. get a spray bottle and fill it with distilled water.
3. Spray the scratched area and use the orbital sander and sand paper. Use the lightest pressure that you can, and try not to let te sander sit still for too long on any one area.
4. Spray the area often (every 10-15 seconds) and you will see the scratches start to diminish. (don't panic if you start to see a fine white powder).
5. Once you can no longer see the scratches...wipe /dry the area with with a soft cloth and apply the Novus.

I had a similar problem with fine scratches on a motorcycle wind screen (Lexan Acrylic) and this was the method used to correct.

Take your time...patience is the key.

Good luck!
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I have a palm sander, would that work? I was worried about using it bc it's hard to handle inside the aquarium. I know your supposed to change direction but it seems most of these micro scratches go horizontal. I've tried to correct it going vertical but it doesn't seem to help.
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You can use a palm sander but I don't recommend it. The best sander is an orbital sander with about a 6 to 8 inch head. The palm sander has already done damage (horizontal scratches) because it is directional and not orbital. If you can find the highest grit sand paper the better. Wet sanding is the way to go.
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Old 09-21-2012, 04:23 PM   #6
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Here's some pics to give everyone a clearer pic, non pun intended. You can see a big difference on the buffed side but it's still foggy. Does anyone know if that plastx would work better to get the fogginess out ? Thanks.

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I would google how to buff out acrylic... I just got a ton of hits.
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I have, I looked at everything I could and it just doesn't get better. It just stays foggy. I am about to breakdown. Everywhere I read how easy it is to buff out scratches and so I tried it, now my tank looks awful and I don't know what to do. I have followed all the normal directions and this is what I got. Thanks though.

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Have you actually been buffing it or just sanding it? I used to recon cars, and I've had to wet sand before, but it was never just that. You actually have to buff it with a foam pad, and a polishing compound...
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I sanded it 1st w/ wet dry sandpaper 600, 1000,1500,2000 then I used novus 3, then novus 2(3 times) then novus 1 and it's still hazy. I have been using a 6" buffer w/ a microfiber bonnet. Do I need to get foam is that the problem? I resanded tge
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