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Old 12/14/2017, 07:56 AM   #1
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I want to paint my stand

My tank stand is a wood stained color (cognac) and I would like to paint it white. The tank that sits on it is a mixed reef and has been up and running for approximately 5 years. Can I just paint over the wood stain or is there some prep work I need to do first? Also, do I need to do anything to protect the livestock in the tank?


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Old 12/14/2017, 08:20 AM   #2
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Its very likely that you can just paint right over it with any regular latex paint..
You also shouldn't need to do anything to protect the livestock.. I've painted around tanks many time without issue..

It would not be a bad idea to at the very least just wipe the wood down first (plain mild soap/water and a rag) to remove any dust,salt creep,etc... on it and you can even rough it up with some sandpaper then use cheese cloth to remove that dust..
The sanding probably isn't needed but would help ensure a longer lasting finish.


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Old 12/14/2017, 08:31 AM   #3
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and you can even rough it up with some sandpaper then use cheese cloth to remove that dust..
The sanding probably isn't needed but would help ensure a longer lasting finish.
I would definitely give it a light sanding - not down to bare wood by any means but give the surface some tooth. Then prime and then paint...


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Old 12/14/2017, 01:48 PM   #4
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Thanks mcgyvr and VoltzNSalt. Sounds like a light sanding, primer and a cheese cloth is the way to go. Thanks again guys.


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Old 12/14/2017, 02:27 PM   #5
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Just watch aerosol paints. The propellants can cause issues with the tank inhabitants.


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Old 12/14/2017, 02:41 PM   #6
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Just watch aerosol paints. The propellants can cause issues with the tank inhabitants.
I wouldn't recommend spray paint in this situation but rather brushed on latex..


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Old 12/14/2017, 03:03 PM   #7
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Give it a good cleaning with tsp, put on a coat of kilz primer and then the latex paint of your choice. I just painted all of my kitchen cabinets so I have experience. I did a few more steps and sprayed the doors no spraying for you.


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Old 12/15/2017, 07:56 AM   #8
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Thanks guys.


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Old 12/18/2017, 08:47 AM   #9
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You want to light and for sure 220 grit if it has a shine sand shine away kiltz has oil and latex primer oil is better but lots of fumes latex will work just fine and has less fumes once primer has set for 24 hours light sand again then paint if there is alot of crevices I would recommend getting a weenie roller (small foam roller) brush paint on then go over with roller while still wet will give better finish and hide brush strokes if using a oil based primer ( would not reccomend) don't forget laquer thinner for clean up good luck


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Old 12/18/2017, 08:47 AM   #10
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Light sand sorry


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Old 12/18/2017, 04:57 PM   #11
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Thanks Mdj, much appreciated and great advise.


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Old 12/19/2017, 09:36 AM   #12
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+1 wash, sand and prime. You want to make sure it’s thoroughly clean and well scuffed. Any shiny areas will most likely peel at some point.


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