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Painting spray bar and in take

Has anyone painted an Eheim intake and spray bar? Just wondering what kind of paint I should use? I thought it would look better if they were painted to match the black background and disappear.

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not many paints that will be fish safe and not eventually come off in water over time. im a painter so i paint alot of stuff. you will have to get some marine paint or seal the paint you use with epoxy resin to keep it from coming off and killing the fish.
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You can use Krylon Fusion. Lots of marine guys use it to paint their pvc overflows and such.

I've also heard of using RIT fabric dye on white pvc.

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A lot of marine paint is toxic to fish, due to it's anti-fouling properties. Krylon Fusion gets 2 thumbs up from me.

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yeah the krylon fusion is for plastics and its water base. im sure its still not for underwater use but it may work great! good luck
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what about using a food grade paint. we use them when painting stuff in the sugar shack
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Krylon Fusion is great under water I've used it many a times when building DIY overflows. also for the annoying eheim green tubing also.

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i've had krylon fusion in a reef tank for over 3 years. no noticeable degradation, no harm done to my critters.
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I'd really like to know if rustoleum enamel is tank safe because it's so much easier for me to get.


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I'd really like to know if rustoleum enamel is tank safe because it's so much easier for me to get.
The only reason why krylon fusion is safe is because its water based paint...as long as you let is cure you'll be ok...but I wouldn't try rustoleum even after it cures....im too afraid of having anything leech out and kill everyone. I would say as long the product you want to use is water based, it should be safe after it has cured correctly..the back of the can will let you know the cure time for any product.


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