How to Remove Scratches from Acrylic Bath and Shower Enclosures

Written by nick davis
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While cleaning your bathroom's acrylic bath and shower enclosure, you might notice some scratches on the acrylic's surface. If you try to "clean" the scratches off with a non-abrasive cleaner, you will find that doesn't work. To remove scratches from acrylic bath and shower enclosures, you need to use a wax or polish that can buff the scratches out. Non-abrasive cleaners will only remove dirt and grime from the scratch and not the scratch itself.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Bucket
  • Warm water
  • Non-abrasive cleaner or cleaner designed for acrylic
  • Latex gloves
  • Scrub brush
  • 3 non-abrasive cloths
  • Metal polish (Brasso) or car wax
  • Sandpaper--220-grit or higher

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  1. 1

    Fill a bucket with one half gallon of warm water and one tbsp of a non-abrasive cleaner or cleaner designed for acrylic. Wear latex gloves to keep your hands from getting wet. Stir the soap mixture with a scrub brush.

  2. 2

    Dip a non-abrasive cloth in the soap mixture. Wring out excess mixture. Wipe the scratch and the area around the scratch with the soap mixture-soaked cloth.

  3. 3

    Dry the acrylic bath and shower enclosure by blotting it with a clean, dry, soft cloth.

  4. 4

    Apply a tablespoon of metal polish or car wax to a dry, non-abrasive cloth.

  5. 5

    Rub the scratch with the cloth soaked with the metal polish or car wax. Work slowly and cover the entire scratch with the polish or wax.

  6. 6

    Reapply polish or wax to the cloth and continue rubbing the scratch until it is gone.

  7. 7

    Sand deep scratches with a 220-grit or higher sandpaper. The higher the grit number, the finer the sandpaper is, and fine sandpaper will result in a smoother surface. Follow steps 4 through 6 to buff the sanded area.

Tips and warnings

  • Work in sections, and if the smell of the metal polish or car wax bothers you, wear a nose mask.
  • Do not use alcohol, ammonia-based cleaning solutions, abrasive compounds, acetone, gasoline or paint thinner to clean your acrylic bath and shower enclosure. These chemicals will enter the acrylic surface and damage it.

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