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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-21-2009, 11:05 PM Thread Starter
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hi all,
i painted the back of an acrylic tank a year ago with some walmart paint.

now i want to scrape it off and paint it black .
anyone here scraped paint off an acrylic tank with great success?

would paint remover mess up the acrylic?

i havent moved the tank yet to scrape, but i tried with a razor blade and it wasn't doing anything
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I don't think that you can scrape paint off of acrylic with a razor blade.. You would cut into the acrylic

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I'm no expert, but if you can't get it off with a stiff plastic scraper, you may have to resort to magic.

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Acrylic paint will be pretty permanent on acrylic plastic, I think. The paint remover that would soften the paint would also soften the plastic tank. You may have to sand it off, then polish the acrylic back of the tank.

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good luck It's gonna be near impossible to get it off. Anything you do to the paint will either damage the acrylic, or soften it.

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Sand it with a very fine grit, 400 or higher, preferably wet sanding. You'll end up with a haze in the acrylic, but you won't see it when you paint it black.

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Agree with Jeff.
no matter what you do, you are going to scratch the acrylic...if that doesn't matter, sand away.

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I agree sand and repaint. great thing about glass tank the paint comes right off

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I agree sand and repaint. great thing about glass tank the paint comes right off
you got that right
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