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Who painted the back of their tank?

I just tried a flat latex, DARK DARK blue - almost, looks like black from a distance.

Guess what happens?

When you view the glass w/paint through the tank, it appears to be a bright blue, almost like the windows XP... taskbar color. Not exactly what I was going for - What happened!!!

Has anybody had luck making the rear side of their tank a DARK color.

If painting won't do it, maybe i'll just have to go for the old olive oil, and paper method!!
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I used black Rustoleum spray paint on the back of 10 and 20g tanks with total opacity.

It sounds like you may not have gotten a thick enough coat of paint on. If you applied the paint with a brush it'll take a couple of coats to ensure even coverage.

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Yup, I'd say try another layer if you can - or put something on top of it like cardboard to block out any excess light coming through.


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If you look from the outside in(on the back painted glass wall) it is pitch black, I can't see any light coming through, and the paint is THICK(3coats). Maybe I just chose the wrong color.

Bharada, you have black right? Does it look black when viewing from the front of the tank or grey?
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I didn't catch that you used latex the first time. I wonder if the pigment floats to the "top" while it dries. I've noticed that peeling off latex paint that the backside tends to be lighter, but I never put it together. Spraypaint doesn't do this though, I know that for sure. If you tape it off really good it is a piece of cake to paint. You can also remove it with a razor blade if your patient and careful (I've done this... sore hands!).


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I had a bad experiance with painting tanks. I used the same paint (it was latex) color blue that the room was painted (same color as you frosty). After many coats to stop light from coming through, the green-ness of the glass, and quite possibly what Jen mentioned, cause the background to appear aqua.

BTW, not a fan of paper, and oil anymore.
check out OceanVisions
I know it's expensive comapred to anything else out there, but it's easy to put, on, and looks fantastic. Just make sure that the surface is really, really clean.

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Bharada, you have black right? Does it look black when viewing from the front of the tank or grey?
It's looks very black.

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I've always used black gloss paint on the backs of my tanks... it's never failed.
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Black paint on the back of a tank looks black.
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+1 for OceanVisions. Goes on like window tint. The rear of the aquarium even appears black from the side views (no mirror effect).

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The oceanview thing is interesting... I think i've got some vinyl laying around I can test view with.

And speaking of window tint!!! I am really curious how that would look! Although, i'm sure a pain to remove!

It sounds like the "black" group has been successful, I'll give it a whirl. Maybe somebody can learn from my issue.
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Car window tinting is not fun to remove at all. I had to do it when I moved to a state where my car tint levels were to dark.
The OceanVisions pretty much just peels off, like a colour forms sticker.

Regular vinyl doesn't have the adheasive that OV does, so you might want to try a light coat of mineral oil to get that air-free stuck on look, of Course, thn you will really have to clean the glass before painting.

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And speaking of window tint!!! I am really curious how that would look! Although, i'm sure a pain to remove!
They sell window tint that doesnt have an adhesive. Its like a giant static sticker. You can apply and remove it as many times as you want. I think Ive seen it at walmart.
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I have the vinyl tint applied to the back of my 125g tank. A local acrylic/plastics store sells it by the foot in 48" wide rolls. You apply it like regular window tint, using a soapy water solution and a squeegee.

I've had it on for close to 2 years now and the only problem areas are the two end edges which have bubbled slightly. But it's not really visible from inside the tank because it's way in the corners.

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I use cheap black spray paint that's less than $1 a can. The tanks I use it on all look black.


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