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How to Repair Scratches in Clear Acrylic

Acrylic is a durable type of plastic that has many uses around the home, office and in industrial settings. From aquariums to eyeglasses, clear acrylic is used in a wide variety of applications. While acrylic is a versatile material, its surface is soft and susceptible to scratching.

Things You Will Need

  • Microfiber cloths
  • Mild detergent
  • Acrylic polish
  • Sandpaper (240- or 320-grit)
  • Acrylic cleaner

Acrylic is a durable type of plastic that has many uses around the home, office and in industrial settings.  From aquariums to eyeglasses, clear acrylic is used in a wide variety of applications.

While acrylic is a versatile material, its surface is soft and susceptible to scratching.  Repairing acrylic requires special care to avoid further damaging the plastic.

You will need a cleaner designed specially for use on acrylic surfaces. 

  1. Soak your cloth in water and squeeze a drop of detergent into it. Gently rub the soapy cloth onto the acrylic to clean and remove any surface grime.
  2. Pour a small amount of acrylic polish onto a cloth and rub into the scratches using small, circular motions. A gentle abrasive will help to buff out any shallow scratches. Continue polishing until the scratch has been diminished or removed.
  3. Moisten 240- or 320-grit sandpaper. Sand the scratch using a light hand and a circular polishing motion.
  4. Wipe away any grit or dust caused by the sanding, using a moist cloth.
  5. Polish the surface using an acrylic cleaner. Apply and use according to the manufacturer's directions to restore the luster of your clear acrylic.

Things You Will Need

  • Microfiber cloths
  • Mild detergent
  • Acrylic polish
  • Sandpaper (240- or 320-grit)
  • Acrylic cleaner

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Ava Perez cut her journalism teeth in 2005 while balancing her university studies with a voracious appetite for fashion, music and beauty. Her music reviews, interviews and editorials have been published in numerous magazines worldwide. She specializes in writing beauty, health and fitness-related articles for various websites. Perez holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications from York University.