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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-13-2005, 02:11 AM Thread Starter
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Preparing a canopy to paint

I am going to build a small enclosure over the top of the 10g that I'm setting up. I've only built a canopy once before, for the 75g, and I stained it but I want this one to be painted a gloss black.

I assume that I would pre-treat the wood (probably pine) the same way as the other and then spraypaint over that. Are there any steps I'm missing?

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-14-2005, 12:56 AM
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Good question. You want to seal the wood so it doesn't warp. For a few hits, do a search on the forum for "spar", "seal" or "varnish". HTH.

i ended up using 2 coats of water based primer followed by 3 coats of an oil based product made by Varathane called "Colors". This may seem like over kill but my hood is made out of MDF.

When I researched this before, some members pointed out to me that water based polyurethane would not make a great sealer.
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If it was me I would use a product like "KILZ" first to seal the wood, especialy if it was pine (the knots tend to bleed) This is after sanding it well first. Then I would use a very fine 000 steel wool over the Kilz. Then paint it with a latex raited for outdoor coverage.
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you could do what I did.

6 coats of sanding sealer, to get that piano finish with LOTS of sanding in between...

plenty of spot putty to fill all the holes, and dings and dents, and then spray gloss enamel over that, tanking your time and doing it in a dust free environment.

the effect is pretty good when finished...

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Score another for Kilz
Primed with it, many a sandings, then base coat over that of black "epoxy" paint. Light sanding with 00 wool, then the other coat, then 000 wool
Then 3 coats of sprayed/airbrushed actually high gloss black
And in between those coats, 0000 wool.

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The best bet would be to use something without woodgrain such as MDF for the canopy, if you want a high gloss finish. MDF accepts paint very nicely, is very smooth and has no wood grain to show through. You will also be able to save some time in sealing/priming and sanding as MDF should only take a single coat of sealer/primer and a light sanding (the edges will need more than a single coat since they will suck up a lot of sealer/primer).

If you decide on MDF, 1/2" thickness should be sufficient for a 10g hood and will be much lighter and less expensive then the 3/4" MDF. If you must use solid wood for your canopy, Poplar accepts paint much better than Pine and is readily available at most Home Centers.

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Half inch MDF? Are you serious??? That will weigh 10lbs!!

If you want to do it lighter, you can use 6mm but a supporting frame would need to be made and then "plated" with MDF. Works for me.


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