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Does Finger Nail Polish Work to Cover Up a Scratch in a Saltwater Aquarium?
A Simple DIY Solution
Wikemedia Commons / by AlejandroLinaresGarciaIt will certainly take some doing for some expert aquarists to buy the idea that finger nail polish cover up fish tank scratch. But the fact is this do-it-yourself approach is a viable solution to repair minor or little glass scratches.
Nail polish can indeed be a useful item in an aquarist’s repair kit in much the same way that this cosmetic product is at home in a manicurist’s bag. Notably, it is applied to fingernails and toenails not only for cosmetic purposes but also for protection. The basic components of a nail polish include resins, film-forming agents, and plasticizers that can serve as effective agents to fill up glass scratches.
Wikemedia Commons / by Flickr.com user Logically, clear nail polish should be used in covering up a scratch in an aquarium. Previous to its application, these elementary steps have to be followed:
* Transfer the aquarium inhabitants (e.g., fish, aquatic plants, corals) in to a temporary container.
* Remove all the aquarium accessories, such as lighting fixtures, filters, and substrate.
* Clean the tank thoroughly and dry the tank completely.
* Locate all the scratches to be repaired.
After these steps, apply sufficient amounts of clear nail polish to fill the scratches. The nail polish will dry in 10 to 20 minutes. After the lacquer application has dried, remove the excess nail polish around the scratch. Use acetone or nail polish remover. Then inspect if the scratch has been satisfactorily repaired. If not, allow the nail polish to dry some more, and repeat the application a second or third time.
Dealing with Deeper, Numerous Scratches
Due to constant cleaning, glass aquariums will sustain deeper and numerous scratches that eventually can no longer be effectively filled by nail polish. The option here is the commercial repair kits specifically formulated to deal with surface scratches. Choose the repair kit suitable for aquarium glass. The kits for scratches in aquariums made of acrylic are different from those used in glass.
Although no special skill is needed to use a glass restoration kit, this kit is ready for the hand-buffing involved in this approach. For easier application, a low-speed drill can be used.
What Directions to Follow
Be ready with a container to mix the glass restoration powder base. Mix the powder with water in the amount specified by the manufacturer. Then mark the area to be polished by a marking crayon also provided in the repair kit. After this, apply the powder mixture to the polishing pad likewise contained in the kit.
Polish the marked area, wiping it with a cleaning cloth to check the progress in clearing the glass of scratches. Clean the tank thoroughly after the hand-buffing to ensure that there is no chemical contamination on the aquarium that can adversely affect its inhabitants later.