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Old 01-16-2014, 12:31 AM   #1
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tank stand question...


Im curious if anyone has stripped paint from a stand already in use... As in, the tank is up and running on the stand. I bought the tank and stand of Craigslist, set it up, cycled it, and then I noticed where some of the paint had chipped away it was a great looking oak stand! Any ideas on what I could use to strip the stand without hurting anyone inside it? Thanks in advance!
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Old 01-16-2014, 01:22 AM   #2
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There are some good strippers that are citrus based instead of petrochemical. Should be low odor also.
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Old 01-16-2014, 02:18 AM   #3
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Before stripping, it may be worthwhile to look very carefully for reasons it was painted. Are there places where the wood has been filled that paint will cover but bare wood will not?
One way to sell a rotting piece is too fill and sand the holes and then paint it. Just look before starting.
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If you are gonna do it, do it right and move the tank.



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Old 01-16-2014, 05:11 AM   #5
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If I have to move the tank I will, but if there is a non toxic paint stripper available then I'll do that rather than stress out the fish.

as far as I can tell the wood seems to be in okay shape, I'll look into one of those citrus based strippers. Thanks for the advice!
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When I think of paint stripping, it gives me shivers!
If you have done it before, you know what you are heading into but if not, look out.
As for stressing the fish, it may be better to move them. The stripping I've done required several rounds of applying the stripper, followed by several rounds of scraping and washing and lots of sanding. Lots of vibrations and odors to stress fish?

Low odor? As compared to sticking your nose in a gas can!

I can't really imagine stripping paint inside my house while I'm living there.
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I did a test patch today and it looks like the guy before me used horrible paint so it's coming off super easy!
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I did a test patch today and it looks like the guy before me used horrible paint so it's coming off super easy!
it isn't the paint, it's the quality of the primer and quality of the finish

so if you redo it, do it right so it doesn't come right off like this.
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When I think of paint stripping, it gives me shivers!
If you have done it before, you know what you are heading into but if not, look out.
As for stressing the fish, it may be better to move them. The stripping I've done required several rounds of applying the stripper, followed by several rounds of scraping and washing and lots of sanding. Lots of vibrations and odors to stress fish?

Low odor? As compared to sticking your nose in a gas can!

I can't really imagine stripping paint inside my house while I'm living there.
The citrus based stuff is a low odor. With no VOCs.
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Most strippers produce a lot of odor.
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I wouldn't strip it with a fish tank anywhere in the area.

The toxic vapors will enter the water the same way that O2 does.

Not a good idea. IMHO
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The citrus strippers are low odor. If your worried about the fumes entering the water seal the tank with plastic and shut everything down for a couple of hours. I've done it many times while using foggers with absolutely no loss.
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If you have a sander just sand that bad boy. Do everything right this time. After stripping it sand it smooth etc. Then stain it a nice color. I am a fan of the cherry stains and walnut stains. I've been putting special walnut stain on everything lately!
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You could use a heat gun a strip it right off. No vapors. Easy peasy

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I'd be careful for a few reasons. The first is safety of fish. But you can move the tank, so that can be fixed. The other reason, is how will the stand look when you're done. You really need good quality wood, with a decent grain to it, for it to look good stained. On top of that, once you have something painted, I don't know, to me it never looks good when you strip the paint. It always looks like you stripped it. It might to a lot of work for something that looks awful.
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