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Shoppingart wants to make sure that you know how to care for the products
you buy and understand how they work. Here we have put information about
our most popular products. Of course we are always happy to answer any
questions you may have.


        Acrylic Care and Cleaning
        Waterfall Instructions and Maintenance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Acrylic Care and Cleaning

Like all products, it is important to use the proper cleaning solution to keep your acrylic furniture looking beautiful. We use and recommend Novus Plastic Polishes. These are available in many hardware or plastic supply stores, as well as at Shoppingart.com

When cleaning, wipe gently with a soft cloth or chamois. Also be sure to apply enough plastic cleaner to actual acrylic and to the cloth.

Scratch removal:  Like beautiful wood or fine silver, acrylic can scratch. Unlike other materials, a scratch on acrylic can be removed. Minor scratches can be visibly removed by using the Novus Polish and a cloth. Deeper scratches can be removed by purchasing restoration kits.

Caution:  Do not use window cleaning fluids, scouring compounds, gritty cloths, household scouring compounds, lacquer thinner, benzene, leaded or ethyl gasoline or strong solvents such as alcohol, acetone, or carbon tetra chlorine. Keep away from excess heat or open flame.

  
Acrylic Cleaning Products

Novus No.1    Novus No.2    Novus No.3

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Novus No.1       

To Clean & Protect Use NOVUS No. 1
Gently cleans all plastics without scratching. Leaves a lustrous shine that resists fogging, repels dust, and eliminates static.

    Resists finger marking
    Contains no abrasives or harsh chemicals
    Leaves a smooth, clean, greaseless shine

NOVUS No. 1 Cleans, Shines, and Protects All Plastics

  1. If the surface is extremely dirty, apply NOVUS No.1 liberally and wipe using long, sweeping strokes. Do not use pressure at this time or large dirt particles may scratch the plastic.
  2. Re-apply NOVUS NO.1. Polish using short, circular strokes with a clean portion of the cloth.
  3. When surface is thoroughly clean and uniformly covered, buff to a slippery glaze with a clean portion of the cloth. Surfaces buffed to a high glaze are more resistant to dust and future scratching.
  4. Reapply NOVUS NO.1 regularly to maintain the antistatic, smudge and scratch resistant properties.

NOVUS Polish Mates 
The type of polishing cloth you use will make a difference. Ideal cloth is nonabrasive, absorbent, and lint free. To eliminate any chance of scratching, use only disposable cloths. Reusable cloths can retain abrasive particles, but you won't know for sure until the damage is done. NOVUS Polish Mates are sold in convenient 6-Packs or in bulk. If NOVUS Polish Mates are not available, use a soft cotton cloth (such as a diaper), avoid using polyester or rayon wipes which can scratch unprotected plastic.

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Novus No.2        Buy it

To Restore & Refinish Use NOVUS No.2
Removes fine scratches, haziness and abrasions from most plastics. With repeated use, NOVUS No. 2 restores faded and discolored plastics.

    Removes the damage instead of filling it in
    Buffs out quickly
    After restoring, seals with a coat of polish

NOVUS No.2 Removes Fine Scratches from Most Plastics

  1. Observe condition of the surface to be treated. The deeper the scratches, the greater the pressure required to remove them. If the surface is dirty, clean with NOVUS No.1 before applying NOVUS No.2.
  2. Shake well. Test in an inconspicuous area.
  3. Apply NOVUS No. 2 liberally. Using a clean, soft cloth, polish with a firm back-and-forth motion at right angles to the scratches. Keep the cloth saturated with polish at all times.
  4. When the worst scratches have been polished out, reapply NOVUS No.2 uniformly in a circular motion to the entire surface using short, circular strokes and light pressure. Allow to dry to a light haze.
  5. Using a clean portion of the cloth, buff the surface to a slippery glaze using firm, short strokes. This procedure is imperative in achieving the best results.
  6. For heavy scratches, multiple applications of NOVUS No. 2 or application of NOVUS No.3 may be required.
  7. Follow with NOVUS No. 1 for best results.

NOVUS Polish Mates 
If the damaged area is fairly large or badly damaged, a power buffer may be used with NOVUS No. 2 and No. 3. Use a clean wool or cotton bonnet and operate the buffer at a low speed to avoid overheating the plastic, approximately 1,000 RPM. Each polish should be applied with a separate, clean bonnet.

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Novus No.3       

To Repair & Prepare Use NOVUS No.3
Removes heavy scratches and abrasions from most acrylic surfaces. Use when damage is too severe to be restored with NOVUS No.2 polish.

    Requires use of NOVUS No.2 for final finishing
    Not recommended for use on coated plastics

NOVUS No.3 Removes Heavy Scratches from Most Acrylics

  1. Remove surface dirt and dust with NOVUS No.1.
  2. Shake well. Test in an inconspicuous area.
  3. Apply NOVUS No. 3 liberally. Using a clean, soft cloth, polish with a firm back-and-forth motion at right angles to the scratches. Keep the cloth saturated with polish at all times.
  4. Continue polishing until only fine scratches remain. Using cloth, remove all remaining polish, this is very important!
  5. Using a clean cloth, apply NOVUS No. 2 in a circular motion uniformly to entire surface. Polish using light pressure until NOVUS No.2 dries to a light haze.
  6. Using a clean portion of the cloth, buff the surface clean. Follow with NOVUS No. 1 for best results.

NOVUS Polish Mates 
Important Points to Remember - Before attempting to clean or remove scratches, always make sure the plastic is cool to the touch. Use a liberal amount of plastic cleaner to safely remove surface dust and dirt. In addition, test scratch removers in a small or inconspicuous area for compatibility. Some plastics are coated with a thin film which may be damaged by the abrasives in the polish. NOVUS No.2 and No.3 are not recommended for use on eyeglass lenses.

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Waterfall Instructions and Maintenance

Please read the following instructions carefully before assembling your new waterfall

Components include:
  • Black acrylic back panel
  • Pipe and valve assembly
  • Bag of rocks
  • Instructions and sandpaper
  • Halogen light assembly panel
  • Plastic grill
  • Black acrylic reservoir
  • Water recirculating pump

 

WARNING: When using electrical products, especially when children are present, basic safety precautions should be followed.
DANGER:  TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTROCUTION
Always unplug the light after using.
Do not place or drop plug end of pump into water or other liquid. Do not reach for any item that has fallen into the water...first unplug Immediately. Use this product for its intended purpose only. Do not use other attachments not recommended by the manufacturer. Keep all cords away from heated surfaces.

 

After carefully unpacking the components you are ready to begin the set-up procedure

Note: Do not touch the grooves and front of panel with your fingers

 

  1. Locate the base reservoir and components near the desired location.
  1. Take the electrical plug from the pump and feed it through the hole at the bottom of the back panel (the side with the grooves and the brass nipple).

  1. Lift the back panel and carefully slide it down into the base between side blocks and back.

  1. Back Panel should fit snuggly to the bottom.

  1. Hold Pump in hand and CAREFULLY thread and tighten pipe assembly until it is snug. DO NOT OVER TIGHTEN AS THREAD MAY BREAK!

  1.  Gently slip plastic tube over the brass nipple on the back panel.

 

  1. Plastic tube should cover both nipples

 

  1. Pump and valve assembly should fit neatly on the bottom of base reservoir.

  1. The waterfall should be moved into a permanent location.
  1. Slip halogen light and arm assembly into the slotted black bracket at top of back panel. Slip cord carefully through slot.

  1. Level all angles of base reservoir and back panel by adjusting the four nylon feet on the bottom. NOTE: Leveling is CRITICAL to water flow!!

 

      

  1. You’re now ready for water. It is recommended that you use DISTILLED or PURIFIED water to help neutralize lime and mineral deposits and to ensure clarity Due to evaporation you will need to check water levels every 3 to 5 days. It is advised that you clean and refill every 2 months or so.

  1. Plug in pump. The valve for water is pre-adjusted at the studio, but you can open by turning counterclockwise or close by turn clockwise.

WATER LEVEL SHOULD COVER TOP OF PUMP.
  1. When water reaches the top panel ledge it begins to spill over. Running your finger across the top edge evens the flow across the ledge. Adjust the flow so that the entire face of the panel is covered. You can control the speed and look desired.

        

  1. After the water is flowing, as you like, put the plastic grid on top of reservoir and add rocks evenly to cover.

Plug in and adjust upper light for best effect.

 

IMPORTANT HINTS: During the first 24 hours let the water run continuously. If water flows unevenly on the face, lightly sand needed areas with enclosed 80 grit sandpaper. NEVER LET PUMP RUN DRY!!

CLEANING: Wipe the surface with a soft, non-abrasive cloth together with an acrylic or plastic cleaner. .DO NOT USE WINDOW CLEANERS, SOLVENTS OR AMMONIA BASED CLEANERS. Acrylic cleaners are available at most auto parts stores.

 

H. Studio warranties the pump and light transformers for a period of one year after purchase date. Light bulbs can be purchased at any local hardware store--Model MR16, 35 Watt, 120 volt Halogen Bulb. Original pump or transformer must be returned for repair, freight pre-paid, without exception to H. Studio, 8640 Tamarack Ave, Sun Valley, CA. 91352.

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