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best coating for DIY background - drylok or sikatop?

Postby amit » Fri Apr 21, 2017 10:16 am

Hello cichlophiles

I have been shearching the forum for information regarding DIY backgrounds.
It seems that most people coat it with either latex base drylok, or sikatop 107.
both are found in white or gray.
both may be tinted as desired.
both do not affect the pH.
I have found them both for reasonable price near my home.

Is there any reason to choose one over the other?

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Re: best coating for DIY background - drylok or sikatop?

Postby Steve C » Fri Apr 21, 2017 11:05 am

I've done tons of backgrounds and used Drylok on all of them as my base so I certainly would suggest Drylok in my opinion. Never even heard of sikatop, must not be something we have by that brand name here in the States. I had to goggle it to see what it was. Looks like it is a type of concrete mortar? If it is then for sure use Drylok rather than the cement. Most people stopped doing cement bases a number of years ago. It's just too messy, can't hold nice details work on the BG when you coat with cement, prone to cracking and doesn't seem to last as long. Drylok is much easier to work with, holds 100% of any fine detail work you coat over, and doesn't ever crack or need any repair.
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