Acrylic is a clear, glass-like plastic known as poly(methyl) methacrylate (PMMA). It is a perfect alternative for products made of glass and this is the reason it is used to create furniture items, fish tanks, picture frames, splashbacks and mirrors. Besides, its practicality makes it an indispensable material that can be used to create most home items.
However, as handy as it has been, it catches scratches very easily, which mar its beauty. The question arises how to get rid of scratches from Acrylic? The Plastic People – a famous plastic product provider- has compiled some great tips to help you remove scratches from the acrylic products, especially the furniture items like coffee tables and side tables.
How to Remove Light Scratches?
Light scratches as the name implies are easier to remove. To start off, you require a particular acrylic polish and towel papers of different grades. Buy two towel papers each of 600 grade, 800 grade and 1200 grade. First take 600 grade towels and soak one in water. Apply wet towel on the scratches and subsequently dry them with the other towel. You may still see a number of scratches on the furniture, or you may find it a little frosted; rest assured, they will fade away at some stage in the procedure.
Now apply 800 grade wet paper and rub it over the scratches for a minute, then use the other paper to dry it. Follow the same process with the 1200 grade papers.
As you complete this procedure, clean the furniture and apply acrylic polish on it. Bingo! The product looks as good as new!
Getting Rid of Deep Scratches
The deeper the scratches, the more energy you have to put. You would need extra elbow grease to get rid of the stubborn cuts. To know if you are dealing with deep marks, use your fingernails. Follow the guidelines below.
This requires you to buy 600-grit and 1200-grit sandpapers. If the cuts are not very deep, apply 600-grit over the marks and rub in circular motion. For deeper marks, you have to apply the same method with 1200-grit sandpaper. As you complete the process, moisten the sandpaper and rub it over the cuts. Subsequently, apply acrylic polish to bring back the lost shine. Your acrylic should look fairly new now!