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Polishing scratches.

I have some scratches in my larger tank, soon building a new stand to I will have to tear it down to move it over. I've heard you can use a compound called jewlers rouge to get rid of scratches, anyone try it?


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Do a search for cerium oxide on this forum or google it with the word "aquarium". I tried it once but it didn't work for me. My tank at the time was custom made (by someone else) so that could have had something to do with it (perhaps the type of glass?).
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I looked at that myself. I found it would have been easier & cheaper to just buy a another aquarium. This from a guy that will try to build anything before he'll buy new.
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Car Light Polisher

I guess that's another possibility (Autozone, Pepboys, or WallyWorld might have it)
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i have cerium oxide , you need a felt buffing wheel or a angle grinder with a felt pad
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I'd DIY everything if it were possible, lol.

Ill do some more reasearch on it, maybe talk to a local glass shop. I can live with the scratches if there isn't and economical and inexpensive way to get rid of them. I have to tear down my tank soon for a new stand, so i thought id give it a try.


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I assume you are talking about a glass tank... for acrylic, you can use headlight scratch remover/polisher. just make sure the tank is clean before using it again.

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Yeah, it's glass.


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glass is harder than acrylic, to this day I haven't heard of it being possible but my ears arent that open, but i wish you luck, if i were you i would diy it =]


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glass is harder than acrylic, to this day I haven't heard of it being possible but my ears arent that open, but i wish you luck, if i were you i would diy it =]
it is possible to polish scratches out of glass. there are a few companies, Eastwood I believe is one of them, that carry kits for polishing windshields on antique cars. in order to replace the windshield on a 1948 packard is not only expensive, but also degrades the value if the original glass is not used, it is highly sought after. if you can polish glass scratches out, you might want to talk to a few restoration shops in your area. lots of guys want it done, but don't want to pay the initial investment for something they are just going to use once, maybe twice. it's not cheap to do once, but if you can polish enough glass with it, it's worth the time.

the best part about most of those kits is that you just need a drill. the kit comes with the required pastes/grits, as well as the heads/pads.

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Actually you'r right, I own a 66 mercury and the back glass is almost impossible to find. When I got the car It has scratches in the glass from the previous owner taking off the metal trim around the inside. I did have those polished out, but it cost me a fortune.


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