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Old 12-14-2012, 11:04 AM   #21
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This thread does a great job of explaining the method;

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Old 12-15-2012, 04:21 PM   #22
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Thanks! I'm at work right now, but I'll post some updates of the tank tonight
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Old 12-16-2012, 05:34 PM   #23
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Sorry for the delay! I did my first layer of quikcrete on Wednesday. It was harder than I expected- apparently I didn't sandpaper the GS enough. The cement stuck well to the rougher portions, but for the rest it was difficult. Because of that (and because I used a thin layer) there are some pieces that have chipped off. I'm going to put silicone on top of the cracks and chips before doing my final layer of cement.
Anyway! Here are some much needed pictures:

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In this one you can see some cracks and chips. I would do two more layers of cement, but I'm afraid that would make it too heavy and it would pull off the styro. So I think silicone patches + cement is the best way to go.
I'm mixing up my "substrate" to be pressed into the final layer of cement. I'll probably be doing that later tonight so the silicone has a chance to cure a bit.
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Following along with this! It's looking awesome!
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Old 12-18-2012, 03:42 PM   #25
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Thanks! I'll be doing the final layer and trim tomorrow so expect a huge update
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Looks great. Can't wait to see all you plans come to life!
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Old 12-18-2012, 06:16 PM   #27
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Looks good so far!
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