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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-08-2013, 03:57 AM Thread Starter
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Background painting disaster

Went to paint background today, did all the prep work, buying foam roller, cleaned glass proper, read several posts about it. What a mess. After 3 coats it won't stick.

I cannot move the tank so spay is not an option since it in the house.

Maybe I should get a regular type roller? Should I remove it and just get window tint?
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I cannot move the tank so spay is not an option since it in the house.
Always spay or neuter your tanks.

Sorry, couldn't resist.

What kind of paint? And what dry time between coats?

I did the back of my acrylic tank with Apple Barrel acrylic paint and a foam roller. I was in a hurry and probably didn't wait long enough between coats. Some spots lifted, I managed to adequately repair with a paintbrush and a light touch. And some paint got under the rim too, which will be hard to remove should I ever want to change colors.

If I ever do it again, I will find a way to spray. Even if I have to tarp off the entire room!
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Went to paint background today, did all the prep work, buying foam roller, cleaned glass proper, read several posts about it. What a mess. After 3 coats it won't stick.

I cannot move the tank so spay is not an option since it in the house.

Maybe I should get a regular type roller? Should I remove it and just get window tint?
BTW there are some water based spray paints available if fumes are the issue.
Good luck,
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Thanks for the info. It did not cover very well, after I checked it again this morning, and some spots won't cover at all. I think at this point I am going to scrape it all off, and start over, with window tint. I cannot move tank outside, no where to work on it to spray paint it.
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I'd just use the window film. It does allow some light in but I think it looks rather nice and was a lot easier to apply than painting and it's easily removable if you want to try something else in the future. Also since you can't move your tanks this might be the cleaner option.
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I painted mine with regular indoor paint, one with an integrated primer, using a regular paint roller (not foam). After 4 layers over 2 days (waited 2h between layers done the same day) it was very well covered. I added a 5th layer the next day just to be sure but it was probably useless!

So far it holds very well. Probably the fact that the paint includes the primer helped a lot.
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I painted my tank with interior latex about 2 months ago. Just got one of those sample jars from Home Depot, and had it tinted to black. Think it was just over $3, and I used a cheap brush ~$1.

It took several coats, but eventually got it completely blacked out.

I did this before set-up, so I was able to lay the tank on it's face, and had a horizontal surface to work with.

I think you should be able to paint your tank, it will just take a lot of patience. put on a light coat, let it dry, do another light coat, etc.

But yeah, I think spraypaint is easier if that's an option in the future.
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-09-2013, 01:58 PM
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Just curious as 2 y u can't spray it inside??? I was a painter 4 a living 4 MANY yrs & that can easily be done. Put down a drop cloth. get some cheap "painters plastic" & make a "tent" so when u spray, overspray wont go everywhere. open some windows & put a box fan or 2 n the room to draw fresh air n & old air out. When your done spraying take plastic down & throw away. leave drop cloth down till fully dried JUST INCASE OF DRIPS. Make sense? When u r done leave the house 4 a few hrs as 2 not get buzzed cause it'll probably be an oil based paint if its n a spray can. All n all, should take no more than an hr 2 do. Just sayin. Hope it works out 4 ya
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