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Photo degradation of Tank Brace

So I noticed by Tank brace is starting to turn white. Which means Brittle. Obviously I am going to paint it. But I wanted to know if there is something I could Coat it with that would strengthen it again? Something like Epoxy or what not?
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Best thing you could do would be to replace it.


Putting "Bandaids" on center braces is not very smart.
If they are showing signs that they need to be replaced, then it needs to be replaced.

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What type of surface is it?

I used to work in the marine industry as a deckhand and we used a 2 part mopoxy paint on metal that would turn to rock when it hardened... It's thick nasty stuff but it coated good...

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They are plastic. And no I don't think replacing it is an option... it is a running tank.
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how old is the tank? seems odd that it would dry out to the point of getting brittle unless it is a really old tank. Are you sure its not just mineral deposits? I have tanks that have been stored in an attic for 10 years and their rims are still good to go, even the silicon is still good.
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That's what I was thinking, mineral deposits????????


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probably just mineral deposits. Having said that, i have had 2 center braces break on me. But I think it was my fault.

My new tank has no brace. Hate the brace.
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It's the UV in the light that degrades the plastics. There are stabilizers that can be used in manufacturing to slow the process but I don't think manufacturers have shown much interest is using a product that contains them. Many of the tanks that use that type of brace are intended for use with the single T8 strip light and not the multiple HO T5's most use.
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Might be worth trying UV protectant to repair damage already done, and prevent anything further. I use this stuff on my canoe, kayak, and outdoor furniture and kids' toys -

http://www.303products.com/shop303/index.cfm
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Might be worth trying UV protectant to repair damage already done, and prevent anything further. I use this stuff on my canoe, kayak, and outdoor furniture and kids' toys -

http://www.303products.com/shop303/index.cfm
Ah that is what I need. Thanks.

I got some Epoxy that I will put all over to top. and also glue on a strip of acrylic over the top brace to reinforce it. Then put that on it I guess. Though I might just paint it.

can you explain how that stuff works and how well?
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