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    Default Need help sealing acrylic paint, any ideas?


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    So I am in the process of building my crested gecko enclosure. I just finished painting my background (with non-toxic acrylic paint), I am looking to seal it now but I can't figure out what to use. I have some varathane brand water-based polyurethane, is that safe for the geckos (also how long to cure)? Or is there a better product I can use?

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    I know nothing about its use for gecko cages, but that's what we used to seal our hardwood oak floors. It dries much more quickly than any oil-based clear sealer, and it doesn't off-gas fumes for more than a half hour or so, so it _may_ be safe enough for sealing acrylic paint in a gecko cage. We specifically chose it because it was safe to use around my expensive macaws, including a Hyacinth, who is really, really sensitive to things. It's their air sacs, which means you have to be really careful about things (like Teflon and lead-based candle wicks) that could damage those and kill the bird. The minimal fumes that cleared up quickly with ventilation was safe for them.

    Also, they make spray-on clear sealer in gloss, semi-gloss and matte. Once it cures (after 2 or 3 coats, which you spray on in very thin layers), the Rustoleum brand spray lacquer/poly/sealer/latex (can't remember which I used after all these years) didn't seem to do my now 7 y/o boa any harm . I chose gloss because it's easier to clean.

    Now what you really need is someone with experience in such things on gecko cages/furniture to give you a definitive answer.
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    I just replied to someone about sealing a 3D puzzle. Check out krylon products. They have a bunch of different kinds of sealers. I use the polyurethane one and they have an arcylic one that looks like it could be good. There is an on going debate if you need to seal arcrylic paint. Some of the dart frogs guys do and some don't. This a thread about sealing arcrylic paint. Their frogs are so delicate and absorb everything so if they use it then it makes me feel safe about it. Dendroboard
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    I use minwax water based Polycrylic protective finish to protect my paint for my tropical vivarium/terrarium , I used 3 coats 20171024_151543.jpg
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