Whitepaint in canopy

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by mandarinman, 3 Aug 2008.

  1. mandarinman

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    Wow , my wood canopy was peeling on inside on sides and around reflectors. I sealed it and painted it with white leadfree enamel. Wow to get the same brightness as six t5s i only need to use four!
     
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    Sounds good, any before and after pics? how long did you leave it to dry before replacing the lid?
     
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    Guys,what are your thoughts of using Velvaglo on the inside of the hood?
     
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    No pics, let it cure for six hrs, what a difference! I used waterbased enamel, dont know perameters of velvaglo
     
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    Velvaglo is oil based.
     
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    Are you guys painting the canopies to increase light reflection ?
     
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    In my case,Yebo.
     
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    What about using a reflective material, like a self adhesive vynil.
     
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    Well i think that was Manderin's point, more light output for less bucks, must be a good thing.

    1, it's vinyl;)

    2 what is the vinyl made of? as long as it is reflective it must be good.
     
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    The vynil is made from plastic and metal, with a laminate covering. It looks like a mirror.
     
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    is it affected by heat from T5 or nearby Metal Halides?
     
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    I used Velvaglow brilliant white before. It works well. And it stays white. It has a anti mildew in it. This did not seem to affect the tank at all though.
     
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    Cool.So when its time im going the Velvaglo route :)
     
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    I will try a sample and see how it works, I only run t5's so heat not as much a issue as MH's
     
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    cool Warr. I have a 6mm piece of aluminium that will be at the bottom of my lighting unit and dont think that it will reflect all of the light
     
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