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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-05-2013, 01:25 PM Thread Starter
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I just got my new 75g and want to paint the back. Is there a particular product to buy? What should I use?
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Krylon has always worked well for me. I've even used the cheapest stuff at Walmart before and it was just fine. The Krylon just seems to go on a little better. Just make sure to do lots of light coats rather than a heavy coat and prep the glass well. Clean it very well with lots of rubbing alcohol.

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Krylon has always worked well for me. I've even used the cheapest stuff at Walmart before and it was just fine. The Krylon just seems to go on a little better. Just make sure to do lots of light coats rather than a heavy coat and prep the glass well. Clean it very well with lots of rubbing alcohol.
I was told the krylon fusion works the best. All the above info is golden. Prep the glass to be very clean and lots of light coats. I used two cans on my 55g to be thorough. Also just make sure everything else is covered and taped. Good luck!
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Wow...great thread for me, as I am picking up a new 75 gallon myself next week, and was wondering the same exact thing.
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As long as you are painting the outside, any type of paint should work.

I've spraypainted tanks in the past (using whatever I got cheap at the local hardware store), and they all came out good. Just give the back a decent cleaning, mask it well (cover the opening to prevent overspray getting inside), do a couple light dustings, and then then some thicker coats until light doesn't shine through.

More recently I painted a tank with brush-on latex, and found it more effort then the spraypaint, but I did it in my studio apartment, which I couldn't really do with spraypaint.
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As long as your tank is glass you can pretty much paint the exterior with anything. Its so much easier to remove paint from glass down the road. Now if your tank is acrylic then you need to plan differently. I agree that masking it off definitely gives you a piece of mind. I would also cover the top to prevent anything from going inside.

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This is what I used in flat black to paint the back of my tank last week. Came out great.

http://www.rustoleum.com/CBGProduct.asp?pid=404

As said before, mask everything, wipe with a paper towel soaked in rubbing alcohol, wipe again with a clean/dry paper towel, do a few light coats a few minutes apart, and then a few heavier coats a few minutes apart until you cant see anymore light.

As with all painting, take your time, and make sure you do the prep/masking correctly.
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This is what I used in flat black to paint the back of my tank last week. Came out great.

http://www.rustoleum.com/CBGProduct.asp?pid=404

As said before, mask everything, wipe with a paper towel soaked in rubbing alcohol, wipe again with a clean/dry paper towel, do a few light coats a few minutes apart, and then a few heavier coats a few minutes apart until you cant see anymore light.

As with all painting, take your time, and make sure you do the prep/masking correctly.
Looks like I have a good weekend project plus the new tank is on the dining room table and she asked that it's not there for mother's day...lol!! I need to get in gear!

Thanks guys!
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Looks like I have a good weekend project plus the new tank is on the dining room table and she asked that it's not there for mother's day...lol!! I need to get in gear!

Thanks guys!

Eh, probably not even a weekend. You can probably manage to get most of it done during commercial breaks.
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I've used Krylon Fusion on three tanks so far, as I found the most recommendations for it when researching. The tanks have turned out awesome, and it doesn't take much time. Spray a few light coats, come back in an hour, spray some more. Easy Peasy.

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Looks like I have a good weekend project plus the new tank is on the dining room table and she asked that it's not there for mother's day...lol!! I need to get in gear!

Thanks guys!
Took me about 30 minutes to tape and clean, and then about two hours to paint. Leaves you a whole other day for activities.

I let it sit for a few days before setting the tank up. Till it didn't smell like paint anymore.
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Painted it yesterday!
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