VIDEO: How to Clean and Remove Scratches from Plexiglass Acrylic
Care and Cleaning of Plexiglass acrylic sheet:
You are the proud owner of a fine piece of Plexiglass ACRYLIC sheet. All of us at ePlastics would like to offer these bits of wisdom to help you get the most value out of your purchase.
The Number 1 Problem with caring for Plexiglass acrylic is the use of incorrect cleaners.
Yes, we said "cleaners". Please... never, ever, use cleaners containing ammonia. Cleaners such as Windex or 409 will harm your new piece of acrylic. Use only products specifically recommended for cleaning acrylic such as Novus #1, or Brillianize, and a soft cloth. (All are available in our showrooms and OnLine).
Never use a dry cloth or your hand to clean your acrylic! This rubs the dirt and dust INTO the acrylic as much as it rubs it OFF. Doh!
First, blow the dust or dirt off, or use water and a soft cloth to float the dirt off. Then use a recommended cleaner to complete the job. Note: a mild solution of dish detergent and warm water takes off stubborn dirt easily without harming the acrylic if you've run out of Novus #1 or Brillianize. When in doubt, use water and a soft cloth.
The Number 2 Problem with acrylic is SHOCK.
Dropping your acrylic can cause cracking: From large cracks that deal a death blow, to small chips that can turn into mortally wounding cracks. Acrylic is incredibly resilient, but flying off the top of your car was not part of our stress testing. However, cracks in an acrylic sheet can be HALTED by drilling a small (3/32" diameter) hole at the end of the crack. This will keep your sheet in 1 piece while you call us for a replacement.
The Number 3 Problem with Plexiglass acrylic is children. Yes, just as with any other fine article in your home, children should be properly instructed on its care. Sliding a hard toy on the surface will probably scratch it. Acrylic should be treated like fine furniture. However, Plexiglass Acrylic is the number 1 protector of children! When used as a child safety barrier on balconies, or in windows that have a high probability of being broken, or as a replacement table top in the living room until they are older, we encourage Plexiglass use near children! So what if they scratch it? Replacing Plexiglass is a lot less stressful than a trip to the doctor for getting cut. Colored sharpie pens can make for a beautiful piece of art if you decide to go that route....
Removing Scratches from Plexiglass.
In the event that, after taking meticulous steps to prevent it, your fine piece of Plexiglass acrylic becomes scratched, HAVE NO FEAR. Fine scratches can be removed with a mild abrasive polish such as Novus #2, or Novus #3. Heavier scratches, such that you can feel with your fingernail, will require some elbow effort to remove with a bit of sanding and buffing. A series of grits (150,400,600) followed by a buffing wheel and available buffing compound, will restore the luster of your Plexiglass acrylic! Of course, all of these products are available in the ACCESSORIES section of ePlastics....
We Want You To Be Satisfied.
We have offered these basic rules to guide you to years of satisfaction. If you experience any problems with your Plexiglass acrylic, have questions regarding cutting, drilling, buffing or are curious as to new materials available, please call our customer service representatives for prompt and courteous service, or visit our showroom.
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