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Plastic or Metal scraper to clean glass?

I want to buy one of the "Kent pro scraper's" with the extended handle. I currently use a razor blade to clean my glass but it is killing my back and I am always afraid of cutting myself, and scratching my glass. They sell 2 versions, one with a plastic scraper and one with a stainless steel one. Which one would work best? Would the steel be more prone to scratching? Thanks.
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Yes, the metal scraper would be more prone to scratch. But glass should be able to handle it. You would want to be more worried if your tank was acrylic.
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The metal blades with work better on glass but they bend real easy, especially the ends. I still use razor blades but use the plastic holders.

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what works really well is a plastic scrubbing pad.


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I use a putty knife. Cheaper and the blade is bigger.





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An old credit card is nice to clean glass and level or work substrate slopes.
I also have a large plastic scraper that is nice. One like this. http://www.bigalsonline.com/BigAlsUS...roscraper7wide
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I got a plastic putty knife from harbor freight for thirty cents, and it works great.

As far as plastic vs metal though, I'd say plastic. The only thing metal can do that plastic can't is scratch your tank.

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I use a kent pro metal scraper at work every day, it wont scratch glass unless you try to.
It works a lot better than the plastic one.

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I've read that a plastic razor (for shaving) works well too. I plan on using a regular razor blade.

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