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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 01-10-2004, 03:30 AM Thread Starter
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Whats the best paint to use when paintnig the back of a tank? Do you apply it with a roller, brush or spray?
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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 01-10-2004, 03:35 AM
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I used latex paint and rolled/sponged it on...

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I used a roller and a small brush for touch ups.
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I spray paint mine. Haven't had any problems so far.

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Latex would be the easiest to remove....

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Most any paint is just going to peel right off glass when you apply a razor blade to it. I use flat black paint and brush it on. Three coats seems to be the magic number for me.
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post #8 of 18 (permalink) Old 01-10-2004, 04:51 PM
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I used Krylon FUSION "for plastics", got it at Walmart. It's made for non-pourus surfaces like plastic, metal, & glass & "other hard to bond to surfaces".

It did a good job, no orange peel, spots, or anything.
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acrylic craft paints work REALLY well on glass, but you might have to do 3-4 coats. These are easy to clean up, and you can do a lot of mixing while wet (like with a sponge) to create more interesting textured effects.

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Engine enamel. Something about the paint bonding to the metals in the glass.
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I agree with otherwise. Spray is the easiest IMO. Just make sure you get an even coat.

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post #12 of 18 (permalink) Old 01-22-2004, 02:50 PM
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Just curious as to why painting is the preferred method for a backdrop. I realize that those printed sheets with pictures of plants and/or rocks wouldn't be desirable since we've got our own 'live' plants and displays to show off, but they also sell those rolls that come in just a dark blue color. And that brings up another question: what color should one paint his/her tank? I've only heard black mentioned thus far. Is that the color that brings out the best colors of your plants?

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Usually black or blue.

You have to actually see the effect in person. THe painted on background look so much better than just a solid-color sheet behind the tank.
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I have some opalescent plasticky blue/pink/white tissue paper temporarily tacked up behind mine and it's pretty cheesy. But it does set off the fish nicely. I would think a light and/or reflective color would be good for keeping the tank bright, though I admit opalescent pastels is NOT very natural looking (but then neither are goldfish).

I don't have adequate lighting and my other tank is just too dark with the black background, even though it does look nice. I like the idea of doing funky stuff with acrylics, though...

Has anyone tried bright colors as a background? Colors that reflect more than they absorb without looking weird?
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Another thing I have heard recommended is to use plastic rolls used to redo kitchen cabinets. It has a sticky back and comes in colors like black, blue and clear. Use a plastic credit card and rub all the air bubbles out. You could even get out an airbrush and spray a gradient onto the clear plastic to take cool pictures with the light diffusing from the background like Amano does.
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