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Old 12-06-2013, 10:01 PM   #1
acrylic tank help

I have a large acrylic tank that has the blue rubber like paint on both short ends as it used to be in a wall. I would like to remove it from one end and use it on a peninsula. any ideas?
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Old 12-06-2013, 10:21 PM   #2
If it is Acrylic paint, denatured alcohol should remove it. Maybe try a small test spot

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Old 12-07-2013, 10:17 AM   #3
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Many people use cheap acrylic enamels on their tanks, like Krylon or Rustoleum. Fine for glass. But for acrylic tanks, you may have a problem as anything that can remove the paint may cloud or craze the tank.

Rickey's right, try denatured alcohol first on a hidden area.

Hmm...I wonder of an acrylic tank maker would have a better answer.
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Old 12-07-2013, 10:26 AM   #4
i actually have had contacted wayde from atm about how to deal with these things along with large scratches in acrylic. wet sanding with a very very fine grit of sand paper like 500 or 800 grit sand paper and then using a buffer and acrylic polish. only problem is if the color was actually in the acrylic itself. this can be done to the whole tank to make it look brand new again. too much sanding can actually weaken the tank but for your purpose this shouldnt be worried about.
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Old 12-07-2013, 11:09 AM   #5
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Good advice...and a lot of work if done by hand. Make sure to use a soft sanding block -- not your hand -- and plenty of water (wet-sand). Automotive rubbing compound would work for a final buffing.

This technique worked on all the motorcycles I painted with cyano-acrylic. But that paint was a lot harder than what you'll be working with, so go easy.
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Old 12-07-2013, 05:34 PM   #6
thanks for the info that's kind of what I thought. I may just leave it and build a cabinet around that end.
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