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Re: [APD] Used Acrylic Tank Repair
One of the major advantages of acrylic tanks is the ease of glueing
them together with nice neat seams. All it really takes is the right
solvent and you can make a perfect welded joint. So, using silicone
instead of acrylic cement seems like giving up on a major plus for
that type tank. A welded acrylic joint is almost the same as making
the joined pieces become one piece, with the full strength of the
material. Silicone doesn't do that. And, given the light weight,
which allows you to move the tank around, turn it upside down, etc,
and the ease of using the acrylic cement, this should be a slam dunk
On Jun 27, 2006, at 2:43 PM, Donald Hellen wrote:
> On Mon, 26 Jun 2006 21:18:07 -0600, DurocShark
> <durocshark at gmail_com> wrote:
>> I've never tried to fix a seam in an acrylic tank, though I've had
>> good luck
>> with silicone for non-structural cracks. Usually with a bit of
>> store acrylic as a backing.
> Just a word on silicone. Once you use it on many
> surfaces, you can't get anything else to stick to it.
> So, if acrylic is one of those things and it doesn't
> work, you're out of options once you use it.
> It's a great adhesive but it has limitations if it's
> going to hold a lot of weight/force. It works on glass
> aquariums because the force is spread out over a large
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