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Cool paint the back of tank black

ok what kind of paint should be use and how should it be applyed {color will be Black } can you start with a dark blue center and work up and out ,has any one tryed this , the tank is a 110g glass tank
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i have used spray paint as well as satin finish acrylic latex. the latter was cheaper and easier for me to deal with. latex will bubble if wet for very long, but can be easily touched up.
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I used a Garbage bag it was aSimply and Very use and lokos great

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I've used latex paint before and it worked fine...comes on thick though. Krylon Fusion spray paint is the best though.
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an additional advantage of acrylic is easy removal--just soak it with warm water for a little while and it should just peel right off.
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I paint all the backs of all my ranks with the spray paint I get at walmart for .88 a can. Looks great

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http://yourfirstaquarium.com/how_to_...fish_tank.html

This article answers all of your questions.


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Paint - spray or brush on - will look fine from the other side of the glass. Paint the outside back (some might paint the inside) and thru the glass it will look glossy, regardless of the paint.

I've used el-cheapo generic and I've used Krylon spray and brush on. All have worked great for long periods of time.
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Paint - spray or brush on - will look fine from the other side of the glass. Paint the outside back (some might paint the inside) and thru the glass it will look glossy, regardless of the paint.

I've used el-cheapo generic and I've used Krylon spray and brush on. All have worked great for long periods of time.
I agree, get the cheapest spray paint you can find and just put it on in thin coats and it will come out great. If you look at the tank in my signature, that has a black painted background. I think I used 3 cans of 88 cents each spray paint.


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While you are at it, try a cool mural before the black is jostled on. Nothing like some really wild phsycodelic images for the fish brains......lol.......you know, some prehistoric all teeth mother with his jaws jsut as wide as possible.......gives a whole new meaning to fish theropy....lol.......
Your friends drop by and see all these teeth type of bones swimming in the back ground........should make for a great conversational piece.

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Ok I have a question about the paint. Flat or gloss what is better? Can you tell the difference between the two?

Whats this green fuzzy stuff thats growing in my tank.
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Flat. Gloss reflects some light and doesn't look good when taking pictures.


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I used Krylon Black satin finish. You can find it at Wal-mart. It worked quite well.

I also used it to paint my filter in-take tube. So far it has held up quite well.
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If your gonna go with a solid black background why not just use black construction paper or poster board, it'd be easier to remove when you change setups around.


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I personally use oil base paint on my tank, which is similar if not the same as latex paint I think. It's the best choice if you ever change your mind of the background and wants it off. I don't know if spray paint will come off after you spray it on your tank, but I know oil base paint will.
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