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Gloss or Matte Background Paint

Just out of curiousity, do most people use gloss, matte or satin spraypaint as their background?
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I used a satin brush on. Once the second coat dried, you couldn't see any brush marks at all from the inside. I found the brush method to be much easier in controling overspray to the sides of the tank.
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Brush & roller flat black latex here.
I've never tried a gloss myself, and I'm not sure how much of a difference the finish (flat, satin, gloss) makes considering its viewed through glass.


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As jinx said. It shouldn't make a difference, your going to be looking at it though the glass.

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I have never painted a tank, but I have seen glossy black backgrounds (like the plastic ones from the pet store) and matte black backgrounds (black felt) and I like the matte better.
If I were going to use paint, I would go with flat.

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and if you don't like it, the flat latex paints peel off SO nicely with a razor blade!
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I used a couple cans of the cheap spray paint from Walmart and it looks great.
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I've used both flat/matte spray paint in black, and it looks the same. Like Jinx said, you're looking at the glass. And it came right off with a razor blade.

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both should look almost identical as you're looking at it through shiny clear glass and water...
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~yeah like everyones saying they should be about the same. Its the side that dries to the air that will look glossy vs flat.


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I use a garbage bag cut to size... looks about the same as the glossy black background I have in another tank.
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post #12 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-26-2007, 03:15 AM
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I use pieces of paper or cardboard and cut them to size. I spray a can of blue or black (or both) paint onto the paper and mist the colors onto the paper. After it dries, I tape it to the back of the tank. Cheap, changeable.
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