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Old 01-15-2013, 05:56 AM   #1
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i am thinking on getting a used 55 gallon tank but the tank i am looking at has alot of hard water stains on it and if i do get the tank then i would like to know how to get the hard water stains of
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Old 01-15-2013, 09:16 AM   #2
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Single edge razor blade...CLR or Lime Away.....Scotchbrite pad...takes a bit of elbow grease but that is the best way to do it..
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Old 01-15-2013, 09:49 AM   #3
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loha... What type grit scotch-brite pad?? Do yo know what color you have used in the past?
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Old 01-15-2013, 10:35 AM   #4
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i use the green one...i used to get the maroon colored pads but they are too coarse for tanks..
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Old 01-15-2013, 10:38 AM   #5
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Ya i sell 3M abrasive products and that's what i was wonder the maroon would definitely leaves some fine scratches..
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Old 01-17-2013, 06:40 AM   #6
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thanks i have to rinse tank very well if i clr right
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Old 01-17-2013, 08:32 AM   #7
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yes.....i usually rinse about 3-4 times , inside and out..
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Old 01-17-2013, 09:26 AM   #8
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I just set up a 90 gallon that i got from a friend and it had some serious build up and a single edged razor blade took care of it all... If I use any type of chemical near my tank I always thoroughly rinse and dry my tank...
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Old 01-17-2013, 11:33 AM   #9
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I use the green Scotchbrite pads
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Old 01-19-2013, 06:05 PM   #10
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I must have some sort of weird mutant waterstains, because none of those things have ever worked for me. I never really had any problems before I moved here, but now it's severe, and can't be fixed. If I get a stained tank, it stays stained. I've tried all those ideas above and then a few others, too, but no luck. It's very annoying.
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Old 01-19-2013, 07:11 PM   #11
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TOS........try super fine dupont rubbing compound and a buffer...one of the members on ab did it to a horrible looking tank and it came out great....i'll see if i can find the thread...
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Old 01-20-2013, 02:14 AM   #12
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white vinegar will remove the limescale and some other marks... soak for a bit then hit with a sharp razor
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Tried vinegar and acid. No go.
Dupont Rubbing compound? Hmm... haven't tried THAT. Thanks!
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Old 01-20-2013, 03:31 PM   #14
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was it white vinegar? apparently it makes a difference, always ask mum lol, white not brown to remove limescale
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Old 01-21-2013, 08:49 PM   #15
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when i got my 55 there were a ton of weird purple hard water stains, i uesd white vinegar and a razor blade and it did the job
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