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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-05-2018, 08:11 PM Thread Starter
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OK. Maybe nobody cares about this but me, but I'm buying an ordinary 55 gallon tank with the black edges and an ordinary black metal stand since I can't afford high end rimless or custom furniture. The black edges and the black stand drive me nuts as none of it goes with my bedroom decor. Yes, I know how this sounds, but...

So I can spray paint the stand, but would it be harmful to spray paint the tank edges?
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-05-2018, 09:16 PM
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Yes: you can spray paint the stand with a paint designed for metal. However, be careful with the tank edges. They are probably plastic. So, you will have to determine if the paint will safely adhere to it. A primer may be the best intermediate solution. There are paints made specifically for plastics, but some plastics are chemically resistant to solvents used in paints. Unless you know the specific polymer type of the edges, it will be trial and error. Additionally, try to find a paint that will be water resistant. If it were me, I'd find the best plastic, water resistant, paint I could find and test it on the back edge before applying it all over. When cured, try to scrape it off with your finger nail as a test.
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Plastidip is great for painting plastics AND tank glass, and when you're tired of your color slection, it peels off as gratifyingly as sunburnt skin.
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