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Posted by chris_harper2 on April 29, 2003 at 22:43:41:

In Reply to: PLEASE HELP with paint to use on a iguana tank posted by gkeller16 on April 29, 2003 at 22:16:01:

First, I'd not use spray paint as it won't put on as thick of a protective layer as would be preferable for a reptile enclosure (especially an igauna).

As far as toxicity, any paint is going to be somewhat toxic, especially as the solvents evaporate and the solids firm up.

Certainly there are toxicity levels to avoid, but most commericial house paints have been used successfully in reptile enclosures.

If the plywood areas won't be exposed to moist substrate, moisture or scratching, you could probably get away with a acrylic latex.

However, I'd be inclined to use a high quality oil-based exterior paint. I've used them in reptile enclosures for years and have had no apparent problems.

I've even used them in low ventilation cages with notoriously delicate species. With an Iguana and a well ventilated cage an oil based should work fine. Just don't put on any coat too thick and let is dry between coats. After the final coat let the paint dry for at least a week if not more.



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