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Old 07-27-2009, 04:35 AM
 
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Talking Craigslist find of the year!!!

40 Gallon Oceanic Lizard lounge.

Picked it up for $35!

I rinsed it out and it looked BRAND NEW!

The original top and bottom trim is Grey.


I wanted to make it a little more unique. So i grabbed a can of stone texture spray paint.

I started with putting new screen on the side panels and top one section. Then i masked the screen off and painted the trim.



After that i started masking off the trim of the tank. This took forever, like 2 hours. Made sure i covered it all really good, didn't want any mistakes.


I laid down a thin first layer to start.


Then made sure i gave it a good cover on the second coat.
Waited 20min and then did some touch up.


An hour later it was dry and I tore off the paper and tape to see how well it turned out. And...


It turned out great! Way better than I had hoped. Before i started i took off the sticker and replaced it on the top trim in the center. I nice cherry on the top.


A couple more angles...




And a close up on the texture.



Hope you all like it. I Know I do.

Cost:
Paint- $8
Tank- $35
Screen- $3
spline- $3

Total--$49
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Old 07-27-2009, 05:00 AM
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Looks great! Good find! What are your plans?
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Default Re: Craigslist find of the year!!!

I would like to try a Viv. but I think I am going to stick with lizards. I know this is a frog site. Just posted here after reading a lot about everyone's build ideas and construction logs.

I am probably going to get a crested Gecko. Before I do I want to make four fake tree trunks that come up the corners and meet at the top. I think it will frame the inside of the tank really well.

I will go with the great stuff approach, and try to get a tree look out of it.
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I like all the side access available on the tank. Seems like it would make it very easy to run cords/etc. I think the tree stuff would look great... especially if you connected some sort of cork tube or vine from one side to the other.

I know there is a ton of interest in the cresties with all the morphs and all that, but I've never been much of a fan. Leachies are another thing altogether though... I just wish the prices would come down.
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Old 07-27-2009, 07:41 AM
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looks good, and im not one to often say that. if i can offer two things you may consider if ever doing this again. add a primer to the frames and window frame so that they evenly match before color, and you might look into the new, widely available, fine textured rattle can paints. they give an amazingly nice look just not quite as rough.

being a design student ,and very literally being trained to see these things, i complement you on what appears to be a fine masking job!

like i said this is a great project. awesome!

james

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looks good, and im not one to often say that. if i can offer two things you may consider if ever doing this again. add a primer to the frames and window frame so that they evenly match before color, and you might look into the new, widely available, fine textured rattle can paints. they give an amazingly nice look just not quite as rough.

being a design student ,and very literally being trained to see these things, i complement you on what appears to be a fine masking job!

like i said this is a great project. awesome!

james
Yeah I knew the color wouldn't match. That is funny you mention that stuff. I am a BFA in VFX from the Art institute. I know all about critiques and noticing minutiae detail.

I figured they matched close enough without buying another can of spray.
Yes i did use a spray paint. I chose it for its nice rocky texture(very exotic looking on a tank).

Nice to get a compliment from someone with a head on their shoulders.
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I came across a great deal at Menards(hardware store). They had asparagus fern and spikes for $0.13 each. I grabbed a dozen of the ferns and 4 spikes.

After that I hit up Wal-Mart and got a pothos and a Brom.

I got back home and started planting the tank.




I need to cover the back wall and get some cork bark. I want to put the Pothos up high so it hangs down into the center. That should give it a fuller look up top.


Anyone know where I can get cheap cork bark?? Can't seem to find a good amount for less that $40.

I am going to get my cresties tomorrow. I will throw up more pics then.

C&C welcome.
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Old 07-28-2009, 07:25 AM
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Cool, how did you clean those plants? HD and most stores treat them with lotsa pesticides - pothos will probably grow towards the light -
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