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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-25-2013, 03:37 AM Thread Starter
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What is the best and safest way to remove minor scratches for aquarium.

Hi guys, I just purchase a cheap 50 gallon for 50$ with stand but it has minor scratches and well, it's just old so I go online and do some research and find out there are chemicals that can do by hands or chemical use with drill tools (using heat along with it) to remove scratches. So I don't have the drill tool so I have to find the chemicals that I can use by hand and I don't know whether it works or not. this is
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By the way, have anybody try to call so glass repair auto service to remove scratches??
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-25-2013, 05:02 AM
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Have you tried filling the tank? If they're on the inside, small scratches get filled with water and they're very hard to notice...
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-25-2013, 05:16 AM Thread Starter
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i did, if there is light on and take a look closer, I see them.
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-25-2013, 05:23 AM
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Yeah you can do it. Best thing is to empty the tank. But you may end up with another problem depending on how deep the scratches are and how willing you are to polish away. You will have to use some kind of electric tool. Don't think you can just hand rub the compounds like the Egyptians or Mayans built their pyramids or something.

The scratch may disappear but you may create a lower area in the surface of the glass. This will distort the image seen through the glass.

Best advice is to learn to ignore the fine scratches. If the scrathes bother you too much get a new tank. Also, trust me, a heavily scratched tank hides most of the issues IF the aquasaping is beautiful. The eye just focuses on other things.

Another cheap trick is to move your light fixture forward or to the back. You will be amazed what difference that makes on both the appearance of the tank and the scratches that remain visible. Or become visible
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-25-2013, 05:31 AM
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I used the drill attachment to remove some etched glass on my hood.. The glass that protects the lights. It worked very well. It was $10 at harbor freight. It came with the pads and attachment for the drill.

It took some time but it was worth it.
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