Waiting On Polyurethane Question

Discussion in 'DIY - Do It Yourself' started by dwarfpufferlover, May 21, 2018.

  1. dwarfpufferlover

    dwarfpufferloverWell Known MemberMember

    Hello, has anyone used polyurethane to clear coat their stands?

    If so how long did you wait until you felt comfortable putting your tank up. I planned on 5 days but I feel this isn’t realistic.

    Worried about the Voc’s and toxic fumes as polyurethane is the worst.

    I looked into liquid epoxys and poly acrylics. But one is to expensive and the other isn’t very water resistant.
  2. finnipper59

    finnipper59Well Known MemberMember

    Polyurethane will completely cure in 5 days. The only other danger with polyurethane is that if its not completely cured besides the fumes is it reacting with the plastic of your aquarium frame and making a permanent bond. This can be avoided by rubbing the polyurethane where the tank will sit with a candle. The wax will prevent sticking.
  3. OP

    dwarfpufferloverWell Known MemberMember

    Thank you for the candle wax tip.

    I have been moving states and I decided to redo and waterproof stands to last longer at the same time :D

    I will wait it out longer as suggested. Its been cold, rainy, then humid so drying times are awful.
  4. finnipper59

    finnipper59Well Known MemberMember

    Yeah...high humidity doesn't help much, but it's best to do things right the 1st time. Good luck.

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