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Waterproofing new aquarium stand

Hey guys, I've been trying to figure out how I should water proof my DIY aquarium stand structure. I'm not talking about the exterior finish wood, but the internal structure. My initial thought was some Thompson's water sealer, but I've seen a few few builds using Killz. I do like the idea of painting the stand white on the inside to help see what I'll have inside. Thoughts? Killz and some white paint?? If Killz which variety of it?

Here is the stand at the moment, this is what I'm wanting to waterproof.
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now that is what i call a bomb shelter.

I wouldn't worry about Killz... in fact, anything with a moldicide I'd not put anywhere near my water. Most folks just skin their stand and go; but if you really want to do something plain old paint would probably be enough


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You don't need to waterproof it at all.If you want to paint it white then use a good primer and paint. Although it may get wet it won't stay wet. The white paint isn't a bad idea though.

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You don't need to waterproof it at all.If you want to paint it white then use a good primer and paint. Although it may get wet it won't stay wet. The white paint isn't a bad idea though.

That's what I'll be doing.


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Killz is a great primer.
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A few coats of water sol polyurethane couldn't hurt.


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Wonder how it would work if I coated the stand in a layer of some sort of paint and the got a bunch of clear silicone and spread it in a thin layer over the bottom of the stand to make it a water sealed pan. Of course I would have to add some 2x4's to finish the pan.
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unless u have a sump in there you can leave it like this if humidity acumulate in the stand something not normal All my diy stand are bare untreated wood and they never got moldy (my oldest stand is more then 10 years old.) If u have a sump painting it with regular wall paint did the trick for many stand i build for friends that have reefs but you will need more than one coat of paint because the wood will absorb a lot of it. It does look better and it is easier to keep clean when painted.
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Yeah I am running a sump on this setup. It's gonna be a 55g tank, which is my reasoning for wanting waterproof/seal it.

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Yeah I am running a sump on this setup. It's gonna be a 55g tank, which is my reasoning for wanting waterproof/seal it.
Don't. And forget about making a silicone "pan". You don't need it. Leave the back of the stand unskinned for a little circulation.

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The back of the stand will be open, however I am going to close it off with window screen to keep my cats out of the stand as they like to sneak drinks from my 3g desktop tank.

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I used 1/4" lauan on the inside bottom of my stand, caulked the bottom joints and the corners and then used white latex Kilz to paint the interior of the stand. The white definitely brightened up the interior.

Also, when my tank developed a slight dripping problem, the bottom of the stand filled up with 1.5 inches of water and I avoided a wet floor.

Another choice would be to buy some flexible rubber material that is used for shower pan liner under ceramic tile, it's not cheap but would work.
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It's gonna be a 55g tank, which is my reasoning for wanting waterproof/seal it.
holy crap. I've seen some over built stands, but yours takes the cake, and pie...

at least you know it'll never fail, even if the house falls down on it.


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holy crap. I've seen some over built stands, but yours takes the cake, and pie...

at least you know it'll never fail, even if the house falls down on it.
Hahaha that was the plan! I also plan to swap this 125g out for a 200+g tank so I built it 24" deep to anticipate a bigger tank.

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chayos00, as mentioned in your other thread, white paint. For those who haven't been in that thread - white paint on the inside is awesome! I saw one or two stands with that done, so glad I took the extra day or two for painting.

Not sure about your areas, but our municipal 'waste management' site (dump) has a paint recycling center. On the way out, you stop in and grab whatever paint you want. I found a 5G pail of white, 1G pail of primer. Free!


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