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[APD] re: etching
Date: Mon, 12 Jan 2004 19:52:01 -0600
From: "Candy M." <cry_little_sister at hotmail_com>
Subject: [APD] re: etching
To: aquatic-plants at actwin_com
Glass is actually porous. You can buy a product (rain dance i think makes
it) designed to "seal" the pores of glass so that water "sheets" off of it.
Perhaps someone can find out if this product is toxic to fish/plants. If it
is not it may be the perfect answer.
Glass has no significant porosity in its normal form. The sheeting has
to do with surface wetting properties. A bit of oiliness or other
hydrophobic charactristics will make water bead up. A little detergent
(or the more expensive "Rain Dance") will break that film and make the
Neither case will keep the condensed (i.e., distilled) water from
dissolving the more soluble fractions of the materials in ordinary
soda-lime glass and redepositing them elsewhere as it evaporates.
I'd just spray the glass with clear Krylon acrylic paint, if it bothered
me. [I suspect it would be cheaper to replace the glass every few years.]
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