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Old 11-29-2009, 03:28 PM   #1
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Restoring a BIG bowfront tank & stand and have a few questions

hey guys been lerking around aa.com with the intentions of getting back into the hobby. so luckily last month i bought this used but new to me 155g (i think not sure) and stand and a few other goodies with it. over the coarse of the month i been restoring it at a very slow pace due to work and school. i got a really good deal on it but it needed a little attention. the previous owner had it with corals and salt water fishes and i plan to keep freshwater in it with live rocks and plants. so far ive replaced the rotted wood on the stand with new one (you will see the replaced wood in my pics below), filled in all the holes and cracks with elmers wood filler and in the process of sanding.

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1. when i go to paint the stand what should i use spray paint or can paint and brush or roll the paint on? if so what texture (eggshell, latex etc) or shade of black should i get it? which will give it the best look and durability? because i know water harms wood really bad so i want quality. of course i will seal and prime the wood if i have to go the can paint route.

2. when sandind should i sand the old paint completely off or just sand it enough but the old paint can still stay a bit ?

3. the tank is drilled and has a built in refugium/overflow box. since the last owner had corals the refugium/overflow has coral salt stuck onto it and i tried scrubbing it but it wont come off. im afraid to even put my frashwater fishes into the tank cause it might hurt them. can i buy a replacement and silicone the new in place of the old? if so where and whats the damage?

more questions will comes but right now before i do anythign else i just want to get the tank and stand up to like new and running condition. thank you guys for all your help and any comment will be appreciated.

here comes the pics and sorry for the long post and big pics.

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welcome to AA Nice looking tank, cant wait to see it all set up with fish in it Looks like youre making good progress on the stand. I saw a thread a guy on here has where he used a textured spray paint to paint his stand. It was grey, but im sure they make it in different colors. As for the coraline on the overflows, vinegar and a razor blade should do it. If you soak it in vinever, then use a razor blade and scrape it backwards over the plastic, it should bring it off. btw, i love bowfronts, im just waiting on getting one for myself
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welcome to AA Nice looking tank, cant wait to see it all set up with fish in it Looks like youre making good progress on the stand. I saw a thread a guy on here has where he used a textured spray paint to paint his stand. It was grey, but im sure they make it in different colors. As for the coraline on the overflows, vinegar and a razor blade should do it. If you soak it in vinever, then use a razor blade and scrape it backwards over the plastic, it should bring it off. btw, i love bowfronts, im just waiting on getting one for myself
thing is im afraid of spray paint my hands arent steady and i suck at spraying. also for the coraline the razor wont damage the overflows? i dont think ill be soaking it in vinegar cz it would require me to heat the silicone and take it off. the coraline is also inside the overflow and my hand doesnt fit inside it haha. im gonna try the vinegar and razor blade method but if that fails is there any place to buy these overflows? if i find out the brand of the tank can i get it from the manufacturer? if im going to take the overflow off to soak it in vinegar im better off buying 2 new piece. oh and good luck on your bowfront hunt.

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well when i said soak it in vinegar, i actually meant just get it real wet with vinegar... maybe take some paper towells soaked in vinegar and lay them on it? As long as you scrap with the razor blade backwards, as in with it tilted so that the sharp side is facing the opposite way youre traveling, it shouldnt scratch it. honestly not sure on the overflows, but im sure you can get them from the manufacturer of the tank
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well when i said soak it in vinegar, i actually meant just get it real wet with vinegar... maybe take some paper towells soaked in vinegar and lay them on it? As long as you scrap with the razor blade backwards, as in with it tilted so that the sharp side is facing the opposite way youre traveling, it shouldnt scratch it. honestly not sure on the overflows, but im sure you can get them from the manufacturer of the tank
Cool ill give it a shot when I get home and keep you posted
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anyone else have any suggestions for paint? anyone use like wood paint from the can that you roll on instead of spray paint?
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If you're set on brushing or rolling it, use an oil-based paint and you should be fine.

Personally, I'd spray paint it. It's a heck of a lot easier. Spray several light coats using short strokes and never stop moving the can while spraying. The directions on the can are usually pretty good, if you take the time to read them. Mask the areas you don't want painted and go to town on it.
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You gonna paint the whole stand right? If so, then why worry about the wandering hand? I'd also recommend a good coat or two of polyurethane on top of that for water proofing the stand - especialy the innards where water is likely to contact more.
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