Been keeping fish for decades, your typical run of the mill 55 gallon community tank with plastic plants. I've always wanted a bigger tank with real plants, 75-125 gallon, but never pursued it much further than searching the local CL. One day this past November my sister called and offered to sell me a 100 G Clear For Life Acrylic Uniquarium, stand, canopy, light hood, along with fairly new Fluval 406 for a reasonable price ($250). So lets begin.
Here is the tank after I picked it up. Full of dried sediment, mineral deposits along with lots of nicks and scratches inside and out. My wife was questioning my sanity after she saw it but I assured her it just needed a little cleaning up. I said that knowing full well I've never tackled anything like this before but I had to tell her something in order to keep my prize. On the plus side the stand, canopy and 406 filter were in good condition. Excuse the messy garage.
The next step was to clean it up and make sure it didn't leak. Never had an acrylic tank before and it's very light, I had no problem moving it around by myself. It held water, no leaks, so after draining I used vinegar and water and microfiber cloths to remove the mineral deposits. Here is what it looked like at this stage, cleaning revealed all the scratches and a nasty gash mid high on the right corner.
I found lots of examples online on buffing out scratches on acrylic tanks so I procured a Novus plastic polishing kit and a large Flitz buffing ball that attaches to a drill and got to work. The Novus kit contained heavy scratch polish, light scratch polish, and a bottle of clean and an shine. I used primarily the light scratch polish, it did the trick on the bulk of the scratches. The heavy polish didn't do much to that gash on the right so I used a grittier polish from a headlight kit I had. That did the trick. Four hours later this is how it turned out.
A different angle.
Gave it another cleaning inside and out with vinegar and water to remove any polish residue. Looked good as new so I moved it inside to its new space.
Now that it's cleaned and presentable it's time to put something in it.... more to follow.