Making an old tank look new again?

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Would it be possible to sand and polish down an old acrylic tank to make it look new again? If so what grit should I use and the polishing method?
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OFL replied the topic: Re: Making an old tank look new again?

Before you start thinking about using old thanks, you should make sure that the seals are good, they do degrade over time so using an old tank may be risky.

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Matt replied the topic: Re: Making an old tank look new again?

Yep, first thing is to fill 'er up and make sure everything's tight. Let it sit overnight ideally and if no leaks then start sanding. What size tank are you talking about here?

As for sanding, yea you can sand and polish acrylic to remove scratches. Best advice is to go to an auto part store and get 2000 grit sandpaper. You can use more coarse, but you'll want to wet sand with the 2000 grit to get a clear finish.

Also you can use MacGuires headlight restore. It basically polish and works great.

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Jayo replied the topic: Re: Making an old tank look new again?

I'm just thinking about it. I just wanted to know if it was possible and how. It would for sure have to be a 55 or over.
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Jayo replied the topic: Re: Making an old tank look new again?

When I originally posted, I assumed acrylic tanks were one solid piece, but after researching I noticed the older ones are put together like glass tanks.
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ehall67 replied the topic: Re: Making an old tank look new again?

Yeah I have some Novus stuff and it works really well using a 100% cotton rag

www.novuspolish.com/

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Matt replied the topic: Re: Making an old tank look new again?

Actually most acrylic tanks are glued together using a special type of adhesive. I don't recall the name right off the top of my head, but yep, usually 6 pieces, just like a regular glass tank.

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ehall67 replied the topic: Re: Making an old tank look new again?

yeah aint it like a liquid that like melts the acrylic pieces seems together or something? it is like a plastic melter

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cebosound replied the topic: Re: Making an old tank look new again?

MattsOscars wrote: Yep, first thing is to fill 'er up and make sure everything's tight. Let it sit overnight ideally and if no leaks then start sanding. What size tank are you talking about here?

As for sanding, yea you can sand and polish acrylic to remove scratches. Best advice is to go to an auto part store and get 2000 grit sandpaper. You can use more coarse, but you'll want to wet sand with the 2000 grit to get a clear finish.

Also you can use MacGuires headlight restore. It basically polish and works great.

Good info Matt. ;)

I haven't done my tank like this yet. but am close to doing my headlights on my car. sounds like a similar process. :lol:

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Jayo replied the topic: Re: Making an old tank look new again?

Thanks for the info guys.

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That looks like the winner. It sure beats using sandpaper I would think.
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