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01-27-2004 06:18 AM
Bronx19 I ended up using acrylic paint. Worked beautifully.
01-25-2004 07:53 PM
unirdna For 4 bucks, this stuff has made a better background than any laminated paper ever could. Thanks for the advice. I would have never guessed you could spray-paint glass. I've posted a few photos of the process.

Just make sure your tape is smoothed down hard against the plastic frame. I had a few speckles of paint sneak through (no biggie at all- but for the anal retentive, I thought I would address this ). And if you aquarium is a bowfront, put a couple pillows under it for safety/stability.

Ted
01-23-2004 11:04 PM
PhreelancR
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Originally Posted by Daemonfly
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.
I 2nd this. Krylon Fusion is a great paint.
01-23-2004 10:46 PM
IUnknown 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.
01-23-2004 02:11 PM
Mori 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?
01-23-2004 01:18 AM
Daemonfly 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.
01-22-2004 02:50 PM
Hoosch 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?
01-12-2004 06:04 AM
Scorpion I agree with otherwise. Spray is the easiest IMO. Just make sure you get an even coat.
01-12-2004 04:08 AM
IUnknown Engine enamel. Something about the paint bonding to the metals in the glass.
http://www.philboucher.com/greg/new/2.htm
01-10-2004 06:13 PM
malkore 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.
01-10-2004 04:51 PM
Daemonfly 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.
01-10-2004 12:23 PM
Nordic Ta for the headsup...
01-10-2004 11:42 AM
Rex Grigg 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.
01-10-2004 07:07 AM
Nordic Latex would be the easiest to remove....
01-10-2004 06:13 AM
Matthew_Machine I spray paint mine. Haven't had any problems so far.
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