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    I do 3D jigsaw puzzles and papercraft like this as a hobby. Since the projects themselves are so lightweight, I got the idea of building a cityscape for my leopard gecko to roam around in or use as hides.

    Obviously, I don't want to endanger my leopard gecko with any harmful printed materials or bacteria growth. I'd like to seal these projects in a way that not only protects them, but my leopard gecko as well.

    What would be the best way to go about doing this that is both safe and non-toxic? I've seen some videos of cosplayers sealing papercraft armor using fiberglass resin. I don't know if that would be the ideal way to do this, or if fiberglass resin is unsafe for geckos (although I do see people using it for aquarium builds).

    Any advice or suggestions the more experienced members of this forum could offer would be most appreciated.
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    I seal all my stuff with a polyurethane spray. The krylon one. I make a lot of magnet ledges for my cresties and it stands up to misting daily. I even sealed a waterfall with it. If it doesn't need to be clear then there is this stuff called drylok. It's like a liquid rubber. You can change the colour to whatever shade you want and You can use arcrylic paint on it after. The dart frog guys like it. My general rule is if they use it for dart frogs and fish then it's safe for lizards. My rule doesn't apply to snakes. Krylon also makes a very good paint that all the aquarium guys use for their backgrounds. When it comes diy the dartfrog community is full of resources. Check the diy section on dendroboard. They make good stuff. Whatever dart frog guys make has to stand up to 90% humidity. Whatever you choose to to use just make you air it out for like a month or until it doesn't smell
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    Thank you for the reply, Fowlertoad! Would you be able to suggest a spray on Amazon? When I look up Krylon, there are many different types of clear spray, and there doesn't seem to be any clarification as to whether they are polyurethane or acrylic. I'd like something that is clear and matte as possible.

    I'm thinking of going over the constructed piece with mod podge and then spraying it over with a clear coat to provide sealing. I just don't know what would be the best for my purposes while reducing shine. I also don't want to guess on the spray and wind up getting something that is potentially toxic.

    Another thing I'm curious about is sealing with a spray. How sturdy is it or likely to be scratched off? Would I do more than three coats?
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    https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B007V...J6L&ref=plSrch This is the one I've been using. It does come out kind of glossy. The more coats the more glossy it will get but since it's for a leopard gecko you could be ok with 2 good coats. It's pretty sturdy. You can't scratch it off unless you sit there and really try to. I do 5 or 6 just because of the humidity and misting that they need to stand up to. This looks promising for no gloss https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B001K...tQL&ref=plSrch
    I have to do a resupply run soon and if they have it I'll try it and let you know. You can krylon paints at most craft stores or anywhere on this list. http://www.krylon.ca/locator/I find craft stores have the best selection though.
    This is what the polyurethane one looks like when it's doneIMG_1276.jpg
    You will find people who say that you can't use anything but what's in the pet store and people who say they've used just about everything for over 20 years and then everything in between. This is my list of what I generally use after hours upon hours of research. polyurethanes,all the krylon paint,non toxic acrylics,drylok,gorilla glue,skia bond,greatstuff spray foam and silicone 1. Again it's all constantly under debate. It will take you days to read it all on dendroboard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fowlertoad View Post
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B007V...J6L&ref=plSrch This is the one I've been using. It does come out kind of glossy. The more coats the more glossy it will get but since it's for a leopard gecko you could be ok with 2 good coats. It's pretty sturdy. You can't scratch it off unless you sit there and really try to. I do 5 or 6 just because of the humidity and misting that they need to stand up to. This looks promising for no gloss https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B001K...tQL&ref=plSrch
    I have to do a resupply run soon and if they have it I'll try it and let you know. You can krylon paints at most craft stores or anywhere on this list. http://www.krylon.ca/locator/I find craft stores have the best selection though.
    This is what the polyurethane one looks like when it's doneIMG_1276.jpg
    You will find people who say that you can't use anything but what's in the pet store and people who say they've used just about everything for over 20 years and then everything in between. This is my list of what I generally use after hours upon hours of research. polyurethanes,all the krylon paint,non toxic acrylics,drylok,gorilla glue,skia bond,greatstuff spray foam and silicone 1. Again it's all constantly under debate. It will take you days to read it all on dendroboard.
    Thank you again for the reply and advice, Fowlertoad! I am going to give the Krylon coats a go, let them air out, and see how she likes them. I've been in the same boat when it comes to researching. When I was looking to disinfect a custom cage, some people made it sound like only one brand of veterinary disinfectant would do and nothing else. That's why I appreciate your hands-on experience.

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    Thank you Fowlertoad for the pictures and advice! I have also been looking around on various forums and websites and run into the same contradictory information before. When I was looking to disinfect an enclosure, some forums swore that only an expensive disinfectant used by veterinarians was suitable. That is why I appreciate your responses as nothing compares to first-hand knowledge and experience. I am going to give Krylon a go and see how the pieces turn out.

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