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Acrylic Acrylic polishing

Discussion in 'General Aquarium Discussion' started by kotlec, Jun 21, 2014.

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  1. kotlec

    kotlec New Member

    Anyone has knowledge on making nice looking edges ?

    I need to cut 2 inch rod at 45 degree and make that and to look completely transparent . Is it possible ?
    If yes - how it should be done.

    Another case is making small drilled hole to look nice. I would cut it with laser , but hole should be at 45 degree and laser dont do that. At least one that I have access to.

    Expecting your help.
    Floyd ?
  2. Turbo

    Turbo Does not really look like Johnny Carson Staff Member Site Owner Multiple Units! Customer

    Here's something I recently posted on my local club site about this


    Below is the pertinent part of that post

    For your case, a 2" rod cut at a 45 degree angle, I would go through the process outlined above. It might be a bit tricky to do the polishing part using a power buffer, because those tend to vibrate a lot and when you don't have something in contact with them, the pad can fly apart. So you might end up doing that part by hand or maybe just using a polishing wheel, like one of those used on a bench grinder/buffer, or one that attaches to a drill bit with an arbor fitting - I've used that before also.

    As for the drilled hole, if you use an acrylic drill bit, this will give you the best results. But I think the biggest challenge there will be drilling the hole at a 45. Polishing it out would be easier, because you probably won't have as much sanding to do. You would want to knock down the sharp edge first with a razor blade (on both sides of the hole) and then start in with sanding, just a piece of wet/dry paper wrapped around your finger (depending on how big the hole is)

    Of course you can also flame-polish the rod and/or hole, but if you read that thread I linked to above, you'll understand that flame polishing is very stressful, so in an aquarium environment, I would not do it.
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  3. kotlec

    kotlec New Member


    Thanks for sharing your knowledge.
    BTW this will be non aquarium related project.
    I will try to follow your advices anyway.
  4. Garf

    Garf Member Trusted Member

    This will prove invaluable if my "edge lit screen" comes to fruition ;)
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  5. Devs

    Devs New Member

    Did your edge lit screen ever come to fruition ? I kinda like this idea !

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