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Re: scratched glass

On Saturday, October 2, 1999, Dave Papas wrote:

Ugh, doing tank maintenance last week I noticed a scratch on the glass
of my aquarium. Has anyone had any experience (or luck!) polishing such
things out? Must have been there since I set it up; I haven't really
worked in there with anything that could cause that kind of damage
since.  One last rub: I haven't yet identified which side of the glass
it is on! I figured the method would be the same, only one requires
draining of the tank ( or living with it).

Thanks all.

-Dave Papas


There is a portable glass polishing system made by the company I work
for that will polish scratches out of glass.  In fact, our company sells
it to auto glass distributors and architectural glass manufactures to
help them reduce the amount of glass they throw out due to damage.  The
system is fairly tall, so if the scratch is on the inside of the
aquarium, it will need to be at least 18" front to back to fit.  You
would also need to tear down the tank completely to to work on it.  If
the scratch is on the outside, the scratch could be removed while it is
still set up.  The main rub is the cost of the system.  It is about
$3,000USD and is designed for industrial usage, so it would not be cost
effective to buy one to do it yourself.  However, there are many
companies around the country (I am assuming you are in the USA) that
offer glass scratch removal as a service using our equipment.  Call
800-328-1117 during normal business hours CST, ask for the AutoStock
Scratch Removal department, and they should be able to tell you if there
is someone with the system in your area.

If you want to take a look at the system, here is the URL to our company
web site and some information about the system.


I hope this helps.


Jay Bickford
Savage, MN