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Old 06-22-2014, 05:29 PM   #1
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Damaged/foggy acrylic... need help

Hi everyone.

Today I tried removing one of those stick on thermometers from the outside of my aquarium. It left a big sticky mess, so I decided to use some oops remover to get it off. Well, turns out it clouds acrylic!! Once I realized I was destroying my tank, I stopped using it, so now not only do I have a damaged piece of acrylic, but it's still a huge sticky mess.

So first of all, what can I use to remove the remaining sticky mess?

And second of all, what can I use to buff out the cloudiness? I've been looking at the novus three part scratch/cloudiness remover.

So advice to you all out there, DON'T use oops to clean acrylic. Learn from my stupidity.

I'll post a pic in my next post. Thanks!

Edit: Also forgot to mention, I tried using a razor blade to scrape off the sticky mess, only to further damage the tank! (Great plan, right?) The top part is the most sticky, and the area towards the bottom isn't sticky at all, and is just hazy from being touched with the oops remover.
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Old 06-22-2014, 05:31 PM   #2
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Tank in question is a five gallon marineland hex tank.
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Old 06-24-2014, 10:34 AM   #3
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So far I've scrubbed with hot, soapy water several times and scrubbed with alcohol. I think it's gotten slightly better but it's difficult to tell. I'm not sure anymore whether it's the sticky residue that's left or just damaged acrylic.

I ordered the three part novus product to hopefully buff out the cloudiness/scratches but I want to make sure I get all the sticky residue off before I use that.
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Old 06-24-2014, 11:38 PM   #4
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you might try a little acetone or finger nail polish remover to remove sticky stuff.
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Old 06-24-2014, 11:44 PM   #5
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I was thinking that... but found several places online that said acetone will cloud/wreck the acrylic.
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Old 06-24-2014, 11:46 PM   #6
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Try first in an obscure place like back or bottom of tank that would normallybe covered by substrate


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Old 06-25-2014, 10:17 PM   #7
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Ok I was able to remove the sticky stuff and I received my novus in the mail. Seems to have worked well but I'll need to use it a lot more to fully buff it out... pic of my progress.
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Oops, here's pic.
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for future reference;
take the peel of an orange and squeeze the oils in the peel on a cloth or wipe directly on the adhesive and it should clean up easily.

Orange oil cleans LOTS of stuff.
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Thanks! I will definitely take that advice for the future...
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