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Painting back of tank?

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Aqua Erik

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Im getting ready to start on my new75 gallon tank and saw that people are painting the background on their tank. I was wondering what kind of paint to use and if any other procedures are made like sanding the glass or if you just clean and spray on? I'm pretty sure I'd like to paint the back of my new tank black. Just need to know if I need to do anything special. Thanks.
 

islanddog

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I actually use a black self adhesive vinyl and apply it to the back... very easy. (benefit of having a sign company...)
 

reefer

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I just take a black piece of plastic and tape it to the back. That way I'm not locked in if I decide I want something different later.
 

mfinn

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I used regular kyrlon spray. And I wiped the glass with a clean rag and rubbing alcohol. Taped off the frame. Had it drilled first for overflows
 

wrightme43

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I just put a background on it, in a few months the coraline will be so thick you can take it off, and your back will be pink, and purple no matter what color you paint it.
 

Scooterman

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Good subject:

Some thoughts, If your tank is outside waiting to installed but you want to paint it, mask off the top opening, tape seal it well, you can use a good spray Krylon, or even the cheaper versions. This will give you a solid look, depending on the color used, you can also go with layers of colors in shades of blue, blacks to blue etc, etc. One thing to think about eventually in a matured tank, that part will be covered hopefully with coralline. If Inside already and you can't move it again, I'd recommend using a latex on cleaned glass, despite what some say, it will adhere very well, & worse case you could use a blade to remove it. Clean glass well before use, good ol house latex, using a small roller, with two coats will cover glass well, with little fumes as compared to trying to spray from a can, also other than drips, you won't get overspray all over your living room (ok I've tried at a great expense, It was bonehead move on my part, I was anxious, this is a good example of not having patience), I didn't cover enough of the flooring, furniture etc. I was lucky the floor needed replacing anyways LOL!
 

spooda420

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I have used black acrylic paint on paint, its easy, but you must use several coats because it thins out as it runs down the glass.
 
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