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painting the back of my tank

would spray painting the back of my tank have any affects on the tank

which color should I use , brand
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i used black latex paint. Took quite a few coats, but worked for me and can be easily scraped off if i change my mind about it in the future.
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I had extremely good results using a foam mini roller and Rustoleum black oil-based enamel. I just bought a 3 pack of rollers and tossed each one after that coat. It's so durable that I don't think I could scratch it off if I tried (without razer blades and such). I tried acrylic first and it just bubbled and peeled off, so that's definitely not recommended (I just happened to have the black acrylic enamel already, so it seemed like a good choice at the time).

All that masking off and such for spray painting really looks like a chore to me.
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I just did this same project 3 days ago. I used the same product mentioned by indiboi above, Rustoleum black oil-based enamel. I got a small can of flat black (1/2 a liter?) for 3.70 at Home Depot. I did 4 coats on the back of my 55G and I still had half a can left. I used a brush to apply mine. I was impatient so instead of waiting for the coats to air dry, I used a hair dryer on the cool setting. It made the paint dry much faster.

Might want to cover up your tank with a towel or something to prevent anything from getting inside.
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I bought the cheapest black spray paint walmart sells. I think it was .98 a can. I did my 180, 29 and corner tank all with 4 coats and 5 cans. Work wonderfully and cost next to nothing. I prefer a mat black, dont care for the glossy look.

Be sure to clean the glass very well with cleaner and then I used a razor blade to make sure there was nothing stuck to the glass. Similar prep to applying auto tint. If there is anything on the glass it will be more than obvious once it is painted.

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Why would it matter if the outside back of the aquarium was glossy or matte? No matter the choice the inside will be glossy, since it's glass...

Benefits to doing it the roller or brush method is that it can be done inside, so time of year isn't relevant, and in the case of a large aquarium moving it in and out isn't such an easy task. The whole overspray situation is non-existent too.

Of course, to each their own, both methods certainly appear to work just fine. Definitely better than trying to get some sort of plastic background to stay stuck, getting out the bubbles... the lengths people go to for those things sometimes is surprising. Yay for paint!
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Why would it matter if the outside back of the aquarium was glossy or matte? No matter the choice the inside will be glossy, since it's glass...
Believe it or not, it does make a difference. I have done it both ways.

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Why would it matter if the outside back of the aquarium was glossy or matte? No matter the choice the inside will be glossy, since it's glass...
Actually that isnt true. You can see a difference very easily. I prefer the matte/flat as well.
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HA! Pwned!

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Very interesting, so the glass actually looks non-glossy, or is it that it's less reflective from the standpoint the flat paint isn't as reflective as glossy?

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That was completely unnecessary.
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I'm sure there are plenty of people that would have thought as I did, explaining the difference would be more helpful.
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Very interesting, so the glass actually looks non-glossy, or is it that it's less reflective from the standpoint the flat paint isn't as reflective as glossy?




That was completely unnecessary.
I was joking man... Sorry if you took it wrong...

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I can say this. When you don't use black, the color will be effected. I tried using the same flat blue used in my computer room for the back of the tank, and when looking through it, it just looked Aqua green. Probably due to the tint in the glass.

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I can say this. When you don't use black, the color will be effected. I tried using the same flat blue used in my computer room for the back of the tank, and when looking through it, it just looked Aqua green. Probably due to the tint in the glass.
Exactly, I went through the trouble of getting the perfect coat of blue...looked great while it was empty...

I have used spray paint on a 29, latex on my 215 & 75. It is a PITA to paint the latex on though, it'll take mutliple coats. For me no matter how thick I'd try to apply it, it would pull off on the back stroke...


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