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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-17-2016, 01:26 AM Thread Starter
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Polishing Aquarium Trim

I've got a few scratches in the aquarium trim of the tank I'm in the process of setting up and I was wondering if anyone has ever attempted to polish their tank trim before. What did you use? Did it help with scratches?

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-18-2016, 03:36 PM
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Info on trim type will help. Painted platic? I would not try to polish beyond scrubbing. If it's metal trim, there are different polishes that will help.
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It's the standard black plastic trim you'd find on most tanks.

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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-19-2016, 02:55 AM
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You can try Acetone in a small area you can't see. When I reshafted golf clubs years ago we used it to polish up the plastic ferrules. I believe a lot of nail polish remover is acetone if you want a small quantity. Otherwise you can buy it at Home Depot.
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If it's deep, try black crayon. Fill in the scratch and buff off the excess.

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For the solid plastic where color is fully through the plastic, I've had some success with various buffing compounds like rubbing compound for car finish. There is a polish kit for acrylic but it tends to be super fussy and more trouble/expense than needed for the simple solid black trim. Lots of difference in how deep or bad the defect. Some require filling to really clear them but that is more than I usually go with.
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Word of warning to anyone with one of those "oak" trimmed tanks, don't use acetone on the trim!! I was trying to remove some residue from double-sided tape and ended up stripping off the finish along the way.
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Word of warning to anyone with one of those "oak" trimmed tanks, don't use acetone on the trim!! I was trying to remove some residue from double-sided tape and ended up stripping off the finish along the way.
Agree with this for sure. That was what prompted my first question about what type trim. Doing much of anything to the fake oak will not improve it. Any sanding or polish will get you down through the finish.
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Novus has a line of scratch removers for plastic, but it's pricey.

Wet/Dry sandpaper to get rid of the scratches is best, followed by plastic polish. Lots of elbow grease, but the results will be worth it. And sandpaper won't hurt anything, but be careful to keep the polish (like PlastX) out of the tank.
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