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ok so i finally found someone who has 1inch thick glass and they will be calling me Monday so i just want to ask a few questions that i am really confused on. The main one is what should the edges looked like when they are polished and are all polished edges the same or should i tell them to do it a certain way? I keep getting confused because people say that you do not want a chamfered edge but yet if i am correct a chamfered edge is just an edge with a 45* angle cut which when i look at the ada tanks looks like they have that same chamfered edge. Idk i might be way off but please if you have any pics on how the polished edges need to look, please post them! Thanks
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You want a flat polish, not chamfer. Please look here for various edge work:
http://acuttingedgeglass.com/residen...lass-edgework/

Bump: I've been wondering about having edges mitered at 45 degrees. This way, the glass can be put together like a picture frame. This makes it look better from the side since you don't see the silicone work. The top and bottom will still be flat polished, but where the seams meet will be mitered at 45.
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ahh ok so when its only one side with the 45*angle its chamfered but when its both sides with a small 45*angle its a flat polish? Here is a pic of my bathroom glass, is this a flat polish or a chamfer?
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A chamfer is not a flat edge polish; it's a much larger removal of the edge.

That's a flat polish in the picture.
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now would that flat polish picture be a little to much or is that about right?
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That looks about right for 1/4" glass. If you want it to be smaller, you can ask.
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this glass is 3/8 in the pick and thats the size in getting. i guess the best thing to ask is what the smallest they can do is.
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Building a tank I think you'd want a seamed edge. Maximum surface area for silicone.

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now would you recommend i use rtv103 silicone or GE or dap? I have heard that rtv is very good but idk which i should use for the best results
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I contacted DAP a year ago about their silicone for aquarium use. They emailed me back that their products aren't designed for aquarium use and referred me to another house brand.
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im guessing they told you this because they did not want to be in fault for saying that then your tank busting lol =') or maybe im wrong and its not good to use it not really sure thats why im asking i guess haha. I have used GE window and door before but i recently heard about the rtv stuff and i was wondering if maybe its the better of the 3 to use on aquariums since its used for rv's and what not

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Building a tank I think you'd want a seamed edge. Maximum surface area for silicone.
idk seamed edges never look good compared to a good polished edge which is what most of the high end brands use, like ada
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The glass shop you get the glass from should have samples of what there edge work looks like.
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I know you asked a few days ago, but you'll want to use RTV 103 or 108, you can get either through Grainger.
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Silicon should be 100% pure and usually labelled as outdoor. Bathroom and kitchens usually have a mold and mildew resistant chemical in them. Be sure to even check the outdoor as some have acetoxy in them that will leach into the tank.
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I used dap to reseal a tank and had no issues chemistry wise, however this wasn't a rimless and I couldn't speak for its strength in holding one together.
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