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coloring fake wood

i bought one those fake tree root with a tan color at Pet Smart Store a couple of years ago and i notice the color had faded off looks more white and doesn't look like a tree root, what kine of paint is safe to use for this plastic tree root and would it be safe to have some kind of sucker mouth fish or any other kine of alge eater that like to graze the alge off the wood , would the paint come off and kill them.
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I wouldn't put anything home painted in one of my tanks.

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Is it plastic or wood? You might be able to get away with one of those krylon spraypaints. Some people use them for backgrounds.

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from what I read, you can use any non toxic pigment as long as its sealed with marine expoxy. A lot of the people who've done those DIY 3D backgrounds do that.
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hey dirkgent001 is that marine expoxy a spray??
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Krylon for Plastic - I bet that would work.


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hey dirkgent001 is that marine expoxy a spray??
Marine Epoxies are not sprays though you can use an airgun and compressor to spray it on.

The cheapest will probably run you about $25 a quart and I don't think they make brown.

IMO I wouldn't paint anything that goes into a fishtank.
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Krylon Fusion Spray Paint for Plastic
will NOT work for submerged items,
neither will any other Krylon product.
Feel free to call 800.457.9566 and ask.


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Krylon Fusion Spray Paint for Plastic
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Regardless of what they say---the camo colors work very well....


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Regardless of what they say---the camo colors work very well.
hmmm, these guys seem to think so too;
http://www.aquahobby.com/board/viewtopic.php?t=39137
I've searched and found positive results
on several other aquatic related forums.
sure sucks when you call tech support and
they don't seem to know their own product.


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Just for the record, the krylon fusion paints seem to hold up well. I mainly use the camo paints these days--the darker tan works very well. Its somewhat rough and flat....


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camo paints.
can you please clarify exactly what you are talking about.
brand name and specific product name. thank you.
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I think Krylon doesn't want to take any responsibility if something goes wrong in the aquarium.

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This stuff:

http://www.krylon.com/main/color_pro...lon®Camouflage Made with Fusion

They sell it at the walmarts around here in the same section and next to the regular krylon fusion paints.

Here's another link:

http://www.krylon.com/main/product_t...roduct_details


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