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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-19-2017, 09:09 PM Thread Starter
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Painting Tanks

Does anyone have a specific brand they like to use... I know it should be water based but what I am not sure of is listed below..

Acrylic, latex, flat, semi gloss, exterior?

Spray paint or use rollers ?

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-19-2017, 09:57 PM
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I've seen tanks painted a lot of different ways. Some people use spray paint, others use brushes and/or rollers with acrylic "craft paint". Some youtube videos:

Spraying:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEkxD5-nUqE

Rolling:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqWAl5TpzY0
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I have used Rustoleum and Krylon rattle cans. Both worked well. The thing I love about spray paint is being able to layer different colors. On the tank with Rustoleum I used four different colors of blue. The first coat was the light blue and I just sprayed a couple very thin blotches. Each successive layer was darker and intertwined with the previous coat kind of like a camo paint job.

When I sold the tank I used a razor blade to scrape the few year old paint off the glass. It came off very easy. I did make sure to mask off the tank frame so only the glass was painted.

I would be more nervous about painting an acrylic tank.
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I'm about to do a new 55 gallon glass tank with plastic dip in a spray can. You can google that and see what you think, just another option.


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I have done both spray cans and paint from cans.

My preference would be a can of Rustoleum Protective Enamel Paint and a small roller. 3-4 coats and it will be perfect. Just make sure the first coat is very very light. You want to create a base for subsequent coats to stick on. Second coat paint in and "up-down" direction. Third coat in "left-right" direction.
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3-4 coats of flat acrylic craft paint of whatever color you want applied with a roller. Easy. Cheap. Works.
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