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can you paint inlet outlet filter pipes

just wondering if i could paint my inlet and outlet filter pipes... they are green and annoy me right now j/w if i could give them a light sand and paint them with black krylon (sp?) spray paint... or would the leach toxins?
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umm...if youre talking about the tubing...then ya...thats fine to paint...

if youre talking about the inlet and outlet in the tank...then NOPE- youll kill everything in there
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if youre talking about the inlet and outlet in the tank...then NOPE- youll kill everything in there
Do you have any evidence?

Reefers do it all the time. Krylon brand spray paint IS reef safe and I would expect it's planted tank safe too. I had Krylon painted pipes IN my reef tank for years without a problem.

Just a few posts in another forum about Krylon spray paint.

http://reefcentral.com/forums/showth...ghlight=krylon
http://reefcentral.com/forums/showth...ghlight=krylon
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Yep, agree w/ last post, Krylon is prob #1 choice among us reefers, totally safe.

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yeah i had a friend do it w/ no probs i was just checking thanks...
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I used Krylon Fusion (good adhesion to plastics, as recommended in this forum) recently, and it worked quite well. It says it takes 15 minutes to dry, and it's true, it wasn't tacky after 15 minutes. I let it dry for 24 hours and gave it a rinse before using it. However, it still made some tiny blisters after a few days in the water which aren't too bothersome.


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I would be sure to scuff/sand any smooth plastics/PVC for best bond.
Those scotch brite pads work great for that.

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I would be sure to scuff/sand any smooth plastics/PVC for best bond.
Those scotch brite pads work great for that.
+1 for krylon and +1 on what davocean wrote. I spraypainted a rear plastic panel in my Chevy Cavalier (it wasn't a rice mod to get additional 15HP from my car, it was so scratched I had to do it) and it still holds well and doesn't chip (after 2 years). I sanded the whole thing with 1000 wet sand paper, used a primer spray, few coats of krylon (sanding between coats) and finished with clear gloss krylon. It works really good and krylon is cheapest spray you can buy.

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