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Question about aquarium safe spray paint.

Hello, I was wondering if it’s just the krylon fusion that is aquarium safe or are there other brands/ kinds that are safe. Like would the krylon colormaxx be aquarium safe?

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I have used the Rustoleum painter's touch paints. No ill effects observed. I don't think most will make an aquarium safe claim though.

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I have used the Rustoleum painter's touch paints. No ill effects observed. I don't think most will make an aquarium safe claim though.

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Awesome, thanks for your experience. I’m pretty sure I have that one already. They didn’t have the fusion at Lowe’s when I went and I don’t really want to make multiple trips if I can help it.


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I've also used the Rustoleum. Probably overkill but I let it cure for about 2 weeks.
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I find it is not the paint but the user who makes it fish safe. Paint has fumes and those are the volatile things which may kill fish, so letting it dry totally is one way to be sure those fumes are gone or become solids. I've used lots of different cheap spray paints and let them dry until there was NO smell and never had trouble. Things that mix into the water cause trouble but the solid left is not, so "El cheapo" is good as any. Prepping things like plastic helps to keep it from scratching off so easy. A bit of rubdown with really fine emory cloth is one way to add "tooth" for the paint to grip.
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I find it is not the paint but the user who makes it fish safe. Paint has fumes and those are the volatile things which may kill fish, so letting it dry totally is one way to be sure those fumes are gone or become solids. I've used lots of different cheap spray paints and let them dry until there was NO smell and never had trouble. Things that mix into the water cause trouble but the solid left is not, so "El cheapo" is good as any. Prepping things like plastic helps to keep it from scratching off so easy. A bit of rubdown with really fine emory cloth is one way to add "tooth" for the paint to grip.
Agree with respect to volatiles, but disagree with El cheapo being as good as any. A higher quality resin usually gives better quality, especially wrt wear. I hate when the black painted plumbing gets chipped and exposes white.

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Thanks for the great advice and knowledge. I was able to pick up some krylon fusion on a trip to the store. I was planning on going over the riparium planters with rubbing alcohol to clean as best I can before painting. But I will scrub them down with some fine grit sand paper too now. Thanks!
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