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Drop Checker Modification

So i got tired of trying to view the color of my drop checker and being thrown off by black backgrounds different lighting, reflections and plants...
so to offset this i paint the "back" semi gloss white.. Difference...Staggering

Tools:
1 can of Krylon Fusion semi-gloss white
1 sheet of 600 grit sandpaper
1 Microfiber
some lacquer thinner
heat gun

Rub the side you chose to be the back with 600 grit sandpaper FURIOUSLY
use moderate pressure and rotate sandpaper frequently as it will get clogged with glass particles and becomes useless very quickly
after you have a nice haze hold dropper checker about 8- 12 inches from your can and begin spraying. carefully move the bowl portion, into the side mist of the spray, it doesn't take much at all

let dry for 30 seconds, the use a heat gun on 500-600 setting and fan the paint for 3 minutes try to get it very hot as this will flash the paint making it safe to drop in the aquarium (not too hot as it will run)

carefully rub excess overspray off the sides and ur done



First picture is of the front
Second is the back
Third is with 1ml of 4dkh and 1 drop of API pH test kit

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Nicely done. I suppose you might also use some masking tape to limit overspray and/or define the patch to be painted. It looks very good to me.
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of course. i didn't take the time to do that. glass is easy to wipe off but i suppose for some people masking tape would be preferable

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So without using a heat gun the paint is not aquarium safe?


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krylon fusion is perfectly safe all on its own. Just let it dry.
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The heat gun just speeds things up.
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The heat gun just speeds things up.
Correct you are. i wanted to put it back in the tank as soon as i was done. it was my day off and i wanted to make c02 adjustments and such

it was tank ready in 3 minutes. i also did my diy inlet tube this way but black. i made it shrimp safe without a huge prefilter. it also makes doing 50% water changes a breeze

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