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Old 05-14-2009, 07:28 PM   #1
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:crazy: I noticed some of my tanks braces are Photo degrading. I am upgrading a tank and I want to paint the braces the same color as the stand and such as well as stop this. Is there any paint I can use that does not leech bad stuff into the water?
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Old 05-14-2009, 09:18 PM   #2
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Interior Gloss / Semi Gloss Acrylic (water base) Enamels once cured are safe. Exterior formulas usually contain mildew agents (bad stuff). Water based paints can take up to 10 days to cure in humid conditions though.
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Old 05-14-2009, 09:24 PM   #3
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Krylon Fusion
It is a catalytic curing coating that will be dry to the touch in less than half an hour BUT it takes about a week to fully cure. Before it cures you can scratch it, put weight on it and lift the paint, or smudge some off. After it cures, it's part of the plastic.

And, it is safe to use even on things inside the tank.
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Isn't Krylon Fusion a spray paint? That's a lot of taping to keep it off the glass inside and out to paint a tank frame. IMO,,, Maybe you could use a safety razor and clean the glass after but would it stick to the tank sealant?
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Cool I will have to use that in my algae scrubber to stop photo degradation as well.
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Old 05-15-2009, 06:31 PM   #6
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Yes, All the Krylon Fusion paint I've seen is spray variety.
As to tape, you will only need a small amount to hold the old newspapers that will cover the glass. The inside is the hardest part to mask off. Fold newspaper so it fits up under the rim and folds down against the bottom. Finish covering the bottom as needed. For the sides, front, and back, fold newspaper to cover the glass and nothing else. Since we don't care about the underside of the bottom rim we can paint what shows of both rims in one session and let it sit for a week for the paint to cure.
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I've handled paint materials for years so I'd just spend .50 on a 1" polyfoam sponge brush and just not mask anything. Painting the frame on a tank twice if needed with a brush wouldn't take 10 minutes. IMO
If a person can steer a spray can they should be able to drag a brush.
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Interior Gloss / Semi Gloss Acrylic (water base) Enamels once cured are safe. Exterior formulas usually contain mildew agents (bad stuff). Water based paints can take up to 10 days to cure in humid conditions though.
Acrylic enamels cannot be used under water! They will soften and come off easily.
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Acrylic enamels cannot be used under water! They will soften and come off easily.
This string is about painting a tank frame not internals and when cured it does not come off. If it soften and released in your experience it was not cured.

Boat hulls, wood, aluminum and fiberglass have been painted with it for years.
So it softens and comes off easily why? Swimming pool re-coat products include acrylic emulsion enamels (non solvent bases).
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I used the krylton lol.
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Old 05-16-2009, 05:38 AM   #11
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Im a painter by trade for 10 years and all my stands are krylon fusion final coat. 1 coat primer and kryon 1-2 coats, its the only spray paint thats waterproof! reef guys use it in there reef tanks for spray bars etc. so have I on spray bars!
I give the fusion inventor guys credit for the best spray paint ever made IMO!

fusion is the bomb! i have used over 300 cans of spraypaint in the past 10 years and its the best!! has the best wear of most spray paints to, i was anti spraypaint for years until i used that stuff! i paint all the stands, hoods and tank rims with it.
i get water on it daily and it looks new, i use it on everything outdoors
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