what can tank be placed on?

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  1. NADEEM

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    Hi all...we all use polystyrene/sagex under our tanks...I do have this for my new tank but its thick and white and a real eyesore. Is there something I could use to make it black? Or even better is there something I could use instead of the polystyrene like a thick rubber or something? Anyone in cape town using something other than polystyrene? And where in cpt did you source it?

    Thank you very much

    Nadeem
     
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    How thick is the strip you wanna cover? You could try those adhesive vinyl strips used for edging cupboards and stuff. Dunno about how durable it would be though.

    Why not remove a very small amount of the polystyrene (so it's got a recess) and then smooth it over with black silicone?
     
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    put a cover over it, whatever u gona "paint" it with, still gona look bad.
     
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    Gaffer tape that sucker! :lol:

    i'm actually only half joking. Thing with decor is, your eye starts glossing over things as you get used to them. The trick is to help this along. Even just a coat of black craft paint will help this along.
     
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    Taging along. I'm bisy building a tank with black silicone and that wite polistirine looks prety horible.
     
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    You want closed cell rubber, what idol marine use. You can get some from john moffet JMP <~~ link, just maybe make sure from idol marine what density to use. You can get it to be self adhesive on one side etc etc
     
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    shot for replies, i was thinking of black craft paint or black liquid shoe polish. BUT I would much prefer if something else could be used, i have seen this thick rubber before,i cant remember where it was being used so i have no idea where to get it from but its a thick black rubber, a lot stronger than sagex and im sure that would work under the tank, so hoping someone on here has figured or found something like this rubber that can be used
     
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    You can get it from your local hardware.
     
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    really? but will it work for this application? what you guys think?
     
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    IMO it'll look kak. That stuff is a very dark gray, and it usually has some sort of fine knurling pattern on the face (it's often used for non-skid inlays and such). It'll pick up salt and muck over time.

    Go have a frame made for it. won't cost that much.
     
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    LOL, I love it, straight forward. i will go find out about having a frame made
     
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    Try closed cell foam instead of the polystyrene. Sure you can get strips you want as apposed to sheets.
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    And then use 35mm thick
     
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    Theres the stuff @Omlette, im going to try and find this stuff in cpt and see of ot would work, sure it would, looks a lot neater that sagex

    Thank YOU
     
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    35MM....Thats very thick, why so thick?
     
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    I don't think Omlette quite understands what you're trying to accomplish - if you're going to replace the polystyrene, then use the thick stuff. But you're trying to cover it up - which requires something like vinyl trim.
     
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    option 1 - make the polystyrene black so its not such an eyesore
    option 2 - replace the polystyrene with something black, like what omlette suggested above

    Im liking this closed cell foam, dont know if it will work though, hasnt anybody every tried using this?
     
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    Step 1: GO to timber city.
    Step 2: buy a mitre box and a pine architrave kit or MDF skirting.
    Step 3: build your box
    Step 4: spraypaint it black
    Step 5: mount it.
    Step 6: Kick back with a beer. Oh no, wait, you probably don't drink. :)
     
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    Speak to the guys who do built in cupboards ... The edging they use on the side of chipboard would work well
     
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    Seems this is the type foam Idol use, Bob suggested on another thread they use 35mm thick. Mybe give them a shout if they can sell you some.
    @RocketRooster i do understand, i am answering Nadeems 2nd question
     
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