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    Paint to Seal Wood

    Hi all, I am building a wooden canopy for a friends tank, and was wondering what type of paint I can use on the inside of the canopy? I want to make sure its non-toxic, didn't know if there is something in particluar to look for.

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    just about everything is toxic for our tanks..
    but i would choose an latex based paint. if you think if will never touch water, the white varathane does a nice job.. and very durable.

    moving.. so temporarily out of SW :b8:
    planning next tank, possibly 60x30x20 on 2x plasma.
    updated: 2011/05/30

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    Cool

    prime it first and then use 3 coats of white semi gloss. BENJAMIN MOORE has a sale on right now

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    And let it dry for at least 3 days, preferably a week or more.
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    How about natural wood? You can also get natural milk paint. Check out Bejamin Moore and their ECO paint

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    Cool

    because the whiter it is in there the more light that makes it back to the tank

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    Johnny: Why "semi-gloss" ?

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    semi gloss is easier to wipe and harder for moisture to penetrate.

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    Well, if you were keeping Oysters, you could use a Pearl finish. :-D

    Semi is more reflective and easier to clean than the less shiny grades. It is also very common and easy to find.

    I don't know, Johnny, what about Gloss or High Lustre finishes?
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    Exactly what I was wondering Cres.

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