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Old 05-23-2012, 02:50 PM   #11
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I'm almost to the painting stage and am reading different advice on what to paint with. Do I use the cement or the drylok
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I am not sure what the difference is but i know the cement board is made for wet locations, not sure if it will leach out any chemicals, i forgot to mention my son used this and sprayed it all with epoxy sealer before i started airbrushing it all with plain old airbrush enamels then sealed everything with 3 wet coats of marine grade clear with flattener in it.
I dont suppose it would hurt to bake everything in your oven if it would fit for about an hour at not more than 200 degrees to speed drying time.
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Old 05-24-2012, 12:20 AM   #13
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I am not sure what the difference is but i know the cement board is made for wet locations, not sure if it will leach out any chemicals, i forgot to mention my son used this and sprayed it all with epoxy sealer before i started airbrushing it all with plain old airbrush enamels then sealed everything with 3 wet coats of marine grade clear with flattener in it.
I dont suppose it would hurt to bake everything in your oven if it would fit for about an hour at not more than 200 degrees to speed drying time.
Lol I don't think it would fit in my oven
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Old 05-24-2012, 10:41 AM   #14
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i'd leave the spaces open so the smaller fish can have places to hide. and soak the cement board in a tub of water for a week or two and do water changes like every other day to leach out any bad stuff
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Old 05-24-2012, 12:58 PM   #15
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i'd leave the spaces open so the smaller fish can have places to hide. and soak the cement board in a tub of water for a week or two and do water changes like every other day to leach out any bad stuff
Doesn't the cement chip off easy though?
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Old 05-25-2012, 06:13 PM   #16
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Cut some more out of the styrofoam and created another piece that will give it a depth effect. instead of struggling with trying to cut the rock design in the back of the trees I cut the pieces two inches thinner and am going to buy a flat piece of foam and carve it from that. I cut it into three pieces so I can fit it into the tank. Here's some updated pics

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Next step before I paint will be to finish sealing the tank which I've put my husband to good use doing that lol


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Some sanding still needs to be done on the styrofoam though that I will do myself my husband is artistically challenged lol
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How big of a tank is it going into?
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How big of a tank is it going into?
75 gallon I wish I had a bigger tank but I picked it up for only $25 so I can't really complain
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Well I went to menards today and picked up two thin sheets of styrofoam for 1.35 each and I'm going to start carving the rock background

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I've decided after much reading that I was going go with the drylok. I looked at three different stores to find concrete pigment with no luck. I happened to find the right employee at Lowes who said that he lived in the same town as me and had a garage full of it so on my way home we stopped at his house where he had his wife set out 5 boxes of different colors free of charge. So now let the painting begin

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