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painting the back of the tank

Good Morning!! What kind of paint do you use to paint the back of your aquariums?? Is there a special "glass" paint??

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I have painted a few tanks with regular rustoleum flat black spray paint, i dont thing it matters if its gloss or flat.
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krylon fusion.. sticks to anything... gloss and flatt do make a diference once u turn lights on.. one is dull. one is not.. i prefer the dull look.. plants stick out better to me that way

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Krylon Fusion Flat here as well.
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I used black spray paint that had a flat finish. I didn't like the glossy look in the store so I went flat
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Thanks!! I think the flat black will be what I want. I have one tank ready to be painted, but I want to paint the back of one that has fish in it. Has anyone figured out a way to do this without killing all the fish??

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I prefer to use black latex paint. It is easier to remove than spray paint. If you just moisten the latex with warm soapy water it comes off easy with a razor blade.
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Thanks hydropyte! That gives me an answer as to what to do with the tank that is set up. I guess I could just cover the top, tape off the sides and use a roller??

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Thanks hydropyte! That gives me an answer as to what to do with the tank that is set up. I guess I could just cover the top, tape off the sides and use a roller??

If your painting the exterior of the glass, its not going to affect your fish unless your just spraying or dripping paint right into the tank... I wouldnt ever really recomend trying to paint any inside portions on a tank.
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I used cheap spray paint on my tank and it worked just fine. Just make sure to wash the tank and use alcohol to wipe it down real good just before painting.
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If you're not going to roll it, make sure the tank is sealed really really well so no paint gets into the tank. I'm fairly sure that would not be good for the fish or plants.


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Latex paint is easy to remove, but as a result it also can peel unintentionally as well...
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