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Does paint contaminate your fishtank waters ?


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Hey

Just wondering if paint does contaminate the fish tank waters ?

cause i am painting my fish tank setup, abit concern if would contaminate the waters.

if it does how long would u have to wait to start putting waters in the tank ?

cheer JT

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Last Summer I painted my stands in the fish room

I left the door open all day and ran a exhaust fan during the night

I had no issues

However I understand that when painting a house ect People would put out buckets of water to draw in the fumes

Dave city painter maybe the best person to answer this

hth

Craig

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Oil paint is 50x worse than acrylic when it comes to fumes.

These days there is absolutely no need to use oil based paint. :yes:

I agree with you about tank stands (wood) waterbased is fine a low traffic area and will cope with the odd water splash. What it wont cope with long term is water leaking in at the joins rusting the nails and screws and roting the timber from inside. With metal stands I would pick oil as you need to repell water so the steel dont rust out for hoods where theres rising water vapour and humid conditions oil would be a better choice. Also back of tanks oil for me too. Sticks alot better and wont peel off wipe glass with metho rag first

If you want anymore help just pm or post here

I have been Painting 27 yrs so this is JMO

BFJ

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I used an acrylic primer and oil based paint for all my racks when I painted them one at a time. The story of a bucket of water to draw fumes I believe is an urban myth or wives tale as I painted the last 2 racks, 3ft away from my running set up with all my colonies not affected. The room was not ventilated - apart from the cracks around the rolla door and did fill the room with fumes up until the arvo of the next day.

don't be wack use the oil base as it will last you alot longer and the finish is alot better. the other option, you can buy an acrilic gloss but I am not keen on them. the finish is not quite as impressive as oil.

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it is true that paint dries faster in warmer weather so heating the room can be done. the fan is also a good idea but what ever you do, do not use a heat gun or hairdryer as it will cook the paint, bubble and peel. Heat guns are used to remove paint.

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it is true that paint dries faster in warmer weather so heating the room can be done. the fan is also a good idea but what ever you do, do not use a heat gun or hairdryer as it will cook the paint, bubble and peel. Heat guns are used to remove paint.

I didn't say leave the heat gun in one place long enough

To bubble the paint. I thought it would be obvious you

Would wave it over the surface up and down or side to side

To dry it

BFJ

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I didn't say leave the heat gun in one place long enough

To bubble the paint. I thought it would be obvious you

Would wave it over the surface up and down or side to side

To dry it

BFJ

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thx i used oil paint, so it won't rust ...

i did leave the tank empty for 2 days, just in case of contamination.

samazi frontosa are happy just can't seem to upload pic,

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I didn't say leave the heat gun in one place long enough

To bubble the paint. I thought it would be obvious you

Would wave it over the surface up and down or side to side

To dry it

BFJ

[/qu :lol1:

thx i used oil paint, so it won't rust ...

i did leave the tank empty for 2 days, just in case of contamination.

samazi frontosa are happy just can't seem to upload pic,

You have made the right choice. The heat gun is a painters trick to dry paint and filler fast because sometimes you dont have all day to watch it dry

We are no different as fish keepers. Want to get our fish into a tank asap

HTH BFJ

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You have made the right choice. The heat gun is a painters trick to dry paint and filler fast because sometimes you dont have all day to watch it dry

We are no different as fish keepers. Want to get our fish into a tank asap

HTH BFJ

Yeah Oath !!

Now i want more fishes !!!! hehehe

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