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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-08-2006, 02:43 AM Thread Starter
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Sanding acrylic/plastic tanks ?

I have a plastic eclipse tank that i assume is plastic... i was wondering if i could sand out the scratches on the plastic or acrylic tanks with a very high 1000 or 2000 grit wetsand paper and get it to be shiny again?

curious if any of you have done so or know about doing so before i try and mess it up thanks
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-08-2006, 03:29 AM
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That will not work. You actually need to polish them out as opposed to sanding them out.
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Drs Foster & Smith has a kit for removing scratches from acrylic.

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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-09-2006, 02:57 AM
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The best answer is yes and no. The best way to get rid of scratches is to sand with fine grit wet paper, followed by finer grit wet paper, etc. until you are using the finest you can get. The result is cloudy white acrylic. Then, you have no big scratches left, only very tiny microscopic scratches, but tons of them. Now, you polish, again using finer and finer grades of polishing compound until you finish with crystal clear acrylic. That's a lot of work.

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Here's a resource that might be helpful:

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