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Made DIY Pseudo-canopy, how should I paint?

Hi all,

I made a canopy type structure to go on top of my 55G. It's made out of pine. I'm new at doing this kind of stuff, so is there any care I should take when painting it as far as aquarium safe or anything? Also, do I prime it with something before I paint or do I just go right ahead and apply black paint right away?



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I would prime it first, sand, prime again, paint, sand, paint again if you don't want the grain to show. I painted the inside of mine white to help reflect light.

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Since the canopy isn't directly in contact with the water, I'd say it's not critical what type of paint you use. If you were doing something submerged, that's a different story. My advice is to paint your canopy outside, let it dry (cure) for a week, and you shouldn't have a thing to worry about.
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When I did mine I used an Enamel paint since its a tougher paint that holds up better to moisture. I just primed and painted one coat each but I did silicone all the joints prior to help keep the moisture from getting in between. Used for over a year without a problem, till I got a new (Larger) tank and had to get rid of it.

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I have always used ordinary polyurethane varnish on my hoods, and have never had a moisture problem. Remember, the lights keep the air hot in them, and that prevents moisture building up.

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