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Old 05-24-2011, 11:10 PM   #11
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Ok, here is a quick update before bed. All the painting and staining is done, now I need to put on a layer or 2 of polyurethane. As requested by my wife, I will also put on some glaze coat on the shelf part (that stuff is neat but expensive!).

I really like the way it has turned out so far:





Thanks for all the comments! Can't wait to get the actual tank on there! I still need to drill for the overflow (I don't have the tank and don't know where to drill the holes) but it shouldn't be hard to get that done once I have the tank.
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Old 05-24-2011, 11:18 PM   #12
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looks great come up to atlanta and build one for my 180 lol
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Old 05-25-2011, 10:27 AM   #13
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If anyone wants to know what the phraze "Wow, that stinks" means... it is bumping into about 1/2 a quart of stain and having it fall over and spill.

That stinks!
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Old 05-25-2011, 10:48 AM   #14
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I have to say, you did a really nice job on that stand! I recently built a stand for my tank and have a new appreciation for people who build their own things, it's harder than it looks to make sure everything fits together like a glove. Once you get your tanks goin it's going to look awesome.
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Old 05-30-2011, 03:39 PM   #15
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Well, my other half overruled my two-tone stain job so I had to re-do it all in the darker color. Did it yesterday but it is still drying (it is like 100 degrees and really humid so taking a long time to dry). Once that is done I'll start with the polyurethane so seal it all up!
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Old 05-30-2011, 04:07 PM   #16
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Ok, I checked again and it turns out things are drying pretty well so I could put the doors back on. Will still wait another 24 hours (giving 48 of dry time) before putting on the poly. Here is an updated picture:

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Smitty,....I'll have to agree with the better half,...I like the darker stain better
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+1 on the darker stain. Looks great. What kind of poly are you using. I've researching to do the stand for our 125 and was curious what you came up with.
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Old 05-30-2011, 05:09 PM   #19
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Yea... most people like the dark. I'm over my disappointment now

To be honest I didn't research any specific poly. I just grabbed something off the shelf - Minwax Fast-Drying Polyurethane Clear semi-gloss. I knew I didn't want it to be flat and I didn't want a high glossy finish.

This is what I used last time on my freshwater tank and it worked out pretty well. I am, however, not going to use this on the shelf. That is going to get the $$ treatment as I'm going to mix up and pour some gloss coat there. It is basically a clear epoxy that when hard is very tough stuff. Unfortunately it costs a fortune ($24 for enough for 3x3 area) but it looks cool!
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Yeah... We have a ledge designed into ours and I just know that as the saltwater drips from water changes, etc. over time it's going to stain it. I just wondered what others had used to really seal out the moisture. Thanks for the info and the inspiration.
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