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Posted by markg on April 28, 2003 at 14:05:50:
In Reply to: cage building ?s posted by Krystal19_85 on April 28, 2003 at 12:37:20:
I'm kind of a fan of the paint. Doesn't mean it is necessarily the best way to go, and polyurethane is probably tougher but I find that repainting an enclosure (usually just touch-ups are needed) is easy with water-based gloss paint, and you can do just about any colors your imagination will allow. Make sure with any sealant or paint to allow plenty of cure time. Don't put a snake in a cage that smells of paint fumes.
Gloss paint is nice when it comes to cleaning, but you will likely need to touch up spots here and there, as the paint will wear if you scrub hard. No big deal really - just have a spare sweater box with a heat pad to hold the ball python for a few days while the touched-up spots dry and fumes dissipate.
Someone mentioned marine paint. It is expensive and harder to work with compared to water-base but dries hard and is very water-resistant. Worth a look I'd say. By the time you finish the cage and spend all the money on materials and sealant, you can probably come close to paying for a 28x24x12 Vision cage, and your sealant concerns will be nil. Just a thought.