Custom build questions

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Custom build questions

Postby Terra213 » Wed Dec 19, 2018 9:59 am

I'm working on making my first custom. I've done a fair amount of research but still have some material concerns before I begin. For wood, depending on price, I was going to use melamine or smooth plywood. I was gonna use wire mesh for part of the enclosure top and plexi glass or some sort of clear plastic for outward opening doors.
My concerns come from sealants for a few things:
-I've heard mixed reviews for polyurethane. Just from the fumes alone I'm worried, but I don't know if paint will hold up on the inside either
-I wanted to do a carved foam hill, but I know that also needs to be sealed. I haven't seen much for beardie safe foam sealants so I'm lost there
-Finally, caulking. I want to caulk around the perimeter to help keep in heat, but i have the same concerns there as I do with polyurethane
Do you guys have any trusted brands you could recommend? Much appreciated
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Re: Custom build questions

Postby CooperDragon » Wed Dec 19, 2018 10:18 am

I'd go with plywood since it's quite a bit lighter than melamine coated wood. Using polyurethane to seal it is fine, just give it plenty of time to cure. Using a non toxic caulk should work. I'm not sure about sealing foam though as I've never worked with foam before.
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Re: Custom build questions

Postby Darkestfallen » Sat Feb 23, 2019 11:01 am

If you shape the foam, then cover it with grout you can purchase non toxic sealers online. Just Google "no toxic grout sealer"
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