Many of the tanks were empty over the winter, but that doesn’t mean there wasn’t work to do! For several months, I climbed into the tanks and hand buffed all the major scratches out of the acrylic with 6 different sandpaper grits and 2 liquid grits. Buffing can be scary because as you go through the series of sandpaper, the scratch gets bigger and bigger and you feel like you're making it worse, until it finally starts to fade and then disappear. The process for each scratch is long, usually 30 minutes to an hour, depending on how deep the scratch is, how long it is and what position you have to be in to see what you're doing. You can end up in some pretty interesting positions in order to be eye level with a scratch!
|Buffing two scratches at once in the Piling Tank|
(Photo by: Chris Maclachan)
After all the major scratches were gone, I used a special attachment on a power drill to polish the acrylic using a liquid grit. This gets the little scratches out and gives the tanks a finished look. At last the tanks were ready to be filled!
|Power buffing the Piling Tank|
|Jess and I with our first mussels in the Piling Tank|
|Piling Tank Finished!|
|Filling the Rocky Cluster|