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Old 11-17-2019, 11:22 PM
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Default Are any paints known to be immune to misting?

I'm considering making another terrarium / vivarium without pets inside.

I'll be making a structure out of either polymer clay or epoxy clay. The problem with these clays, though, is that it's hard to mix a good color faithful to what I'm envisioning.

I'm wondering if there are any paints that are either resilient against mist droplets resting against them for some hours at a time, perhaps.

I would rather not use any kind of sealant that would change the texture or sheen of the painted structures, like concrete fortifier. This is the reason that I would like to discover whether there is some type of paint able by itself to remain as it is, without smearing or dissolving over time.

Does this make sense, and does anyone know of such a paint? I'm assuming acrylic paints are a "no," but I don't know that for sure. If oils worked, their lengthy drying time would not be a problem for this project. The stickiness of enamel paints wouldn't be much a problem, either, as this structure isn't likely to be handled much after it's finished.

I know this isn't standard fare for vivarists, and may be a strange question to ask, but painters themselves I'm sure don't deal much with water continually hitting their work. (Nor do I know any painters.)

EDIT: Also, as I mentioned that there will be no pets inside: toxicity is not an issue, so long as it doesn't harm plants.
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Default Re: Are any paints known to be immune to misting?

Have you looked into drylok? It is a masonry sealer but i have mixed it with acrylic paints and concrete tints over styrofoam and some of my projects have been in fishtanks and vivariums with no fading for years. Once cured it has not caused any issues for my fish, plants or dart frogs.


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Old 11-18-2019, 07:34 PM
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Default Re: Are any paints known to be immune to misting?

Thank you for the response.

I have indeed used drylok, and it is true, it mixes with paints very well! Unfortunately, I need a very particular texture, and drylok tends to be pretty thick and bumpy.

To be more specific, I'm trying to construct a miniature slate castle ruins, using individual clay "bricks" to construct it. Drylok would surely obscure the fine lines between bricks.

Actually, it's possible any paint would do the same, but I don't know yet. I mostly don't want to buy a dozen different clay colors! although I don't even know yet if that would be less expensive than paint. I mostly just wanted to run this by Dendroboard first.
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Clear epoxy? You could find one with a matte finish to avoid adding a glossy texture.
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Default Re: Are any paints known to be immune to misting?

Is it possible for epoxy to come in a form that is very, very thinly applied?

Most of my experience with fluid epoxies has been with West System 105, and it's pretty thick. The castle ruins I'm trying to make will probably have very fine stones, because I probably won't have a very big tank to put it in. Anything viscous at all will likely fill the cracks, which could have an attractive effective, but could do the opposite.
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Default Re: Are any paints known to be immune to misting?

Try an epoxy paint, like this example:

https://pentairaes.com/epoxy-paint-kits.html

That one flows well enough to run through a spray rig. So it might suit your purpose.

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