Acrylic Surfboard Racks Care and Maintenance

Knowing how to clean acrylic correctly is key to preserving its attractive appearance.  Acrylic – which is also called Plexiglas, Lucite and Acrylite — is a popular alternative to glass for many applications because it is translucent, light weight and impact resistant.  Clear, colored and opaque acrylic is also available.  Because acrylic sheets and glazing are susceptible to scratches and abrasions as well as damage by some solvents, it is important to follow these guidelines for cleaning, repairing and protecting your acrylic items.
Cleaning Acrylic
The best way to clean acrylic is with specialty cleaning products, such as Novus or Brillianize by Kleenmaster:  
A mild solution of soap or detergent and water can also be used safely.  And always remember to never use abrasive cleansers, abrasive pads, or gritty cloths when you clean acrylic.  A clean, soft cloth is best.  
NEVER use window cleaning fluids with ammonia (such as Windex or Formula 409), gasoline, denatured alcohol, carbon tetrachloride, or acetone, which will cause the acrylic to craze with minute cracks. 
Begin by gently blowing away any loose dust or dirt from the acrylic’s surface. Apply the specialty cleaning product (or soap and water solution) with a dampened non-abrasive/non-contaminating/lint-free soft cloth, microfiber cloth or cellulose sponge.  Rinse well with clear, clean water.
Blot dry with a chamois, damp cellulose sponge or microfiber cloth to prevent water spotting. Note:  Grease, oil and tar may be removed with a good grade of hexane, naptha or kerosene. Be sure to wash these solvents off quickly to prevent damage to the acrylic.
Repairing Acrylic
It’s possible to remove minor scratches and abrasions from acrylic.  One technique is to apply a thin, even coat of automobile polish (not cleaner polish) or floor or automobile wax with a clean, soft cloth. Follow by buffing lightly with a clean, damp cloth to remove static electricity, which attracts dirt.  Another way to remove fine scratches and haziness from acrylic is to use a mild abrasive polish such as Novus No. 2.  To remove heavier scratches and abrasions, try Novus No. 3.
Some cracks in an acrylic sheet can be kept from lengthening by drilling a 1/8-inch diameter hole at each end of the crack.  Then fill the holes with silicone sealant.     
All acrylic products sold by Steve Adam Gallery are of the highest quality material.   We are dedicated to helping you keep your acrylic items looking beautiful!   Please follow these tips to prevent crazing and cracking.  Contact us if you have any questions.   Acrylic is UV resistant, and has a long lifespan.  Some colors fade after several years in an outdoor and marine environment.  Follow these instructions to enjoy your acrylic for years to come. 
Steve Adam Gallery is not responsible for replacing acrylic damaged from improper care and cleaning.