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Painting the tank. Anything I should know?

I searched the forum and found that 2 coats of latex paint will work the best for painting on a background. What I was wondering is if there is other things I should know. a brush type or size? should ny stokes be in a certain direction? What type of prep work should I do to the tank? I know it needs to be dry.

I am a complete idiot when it comes to things like this and if my brother was available I would have him do it but he's not.

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You have to clean the surface with paint thinner first or else the paint will bead and not stick on certain areas. I learned this the hard way!
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Would a roller work better than a brush?
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You have to clean the surface with paint thinner first or else the paint will bead and not stick on certain areas. I learned this the hard way!
Dude, you are awesome. I would have never known that.

Is the actual act of painting the same as painting a wall?
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I used rustoleum. Rolled it on, except the area's that had to be cut in.

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Whoa, time out!!! I wouldn’t go anywhere near a tank with a brush or roller. Spray paint is the only way to fly. Here’s how I did a 10G with outstanding results.

Clean the glass (no paint thinner, just vinegar and rinse well with water and dry)
Carefully mask the tank so that overspray doesn’t mess you up. (Newspaper and masking tape work great, and you can put smaller tanks in a plastic garbage bag and leave just the back exposed…tape carefully to seal it.)
Spray with paint made for glass (ask at your hardware store, they’ve got it) I think black looks best.
Wait for the first coat to dry and add at least one more
I’ve heard that engine block paint works great on glass, but I haven’t tried it. Glass paint, as I said, worked extremely well for me.
Let the paint completely dry before removing the masking to avoid messes.

Hope this helps!
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The roller works quite well. The paint is not going anywhere.

The finish looking inside the tank is 100% perfect and smooth. Looks like a german car.

Easy, little masking required, fast, and cheap.

I used isopropal to clean first...

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rubbing alcohol is all you need to pre-clean the glass. Spray paint works, but latex paint brushed or rolled on, 2-3 coats, is fine too, and will be a little easier to remove if you decide to change colors. Acrylic water-based craft paint also works well, and comes in some nifty colors.
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I have used spray paint on all my tanks and have never had a problem. I even had a 110 salt tank with a spray painted background and the salt creep didn't bother it. The only advice I have is that if you are going to spray paint the tank make sure and do at least 3 coats or when you put the lights on the tank you will be able to see areas that do not have full coverage.
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OK I went with the alcohol cleaning, spray paint method. I am one can in and besides a few instances of running, and a missed masking area it is going pretty well.

It looks like another can will be needed for sure so I am back to the store.

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Many times rubbing alcohol will cause problems. This is because rubbing alcohol has oils or glycerin in it.

I use alcohol but I use isopropyl alcohol.

Rubbing alcohol is normally only 70% alcohol and isopropyl is 99%.

There is a member of the board that used rubbing alcohol and had a very hard time getting the paint to adhere. Once they used isopropyl alcohol they had no problem.
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I just used a spray foaming glass cleaner called "Bon Ami" - and wiped it down with a few clean cloths afterward...

I painted my background with 3 coats of CIL Barton Blue latex using a smallish foam roller. I am very happy with the results - and as wantplantsnotwork said... "The finish looking inside the tank is 100% perfect and smooth."



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Whenever painting with a brush. . .Don’t be a tightwad when you buy the brush (this means a LOT coming form me, I pride myself on being really, really price conscious. I highly recommend Purdy brushes. If you have ever watched a painter cut in around trim without any masking it is 85% brush!! And clean it well it will last a long time.

I agree that spray paint is really convenient though
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Many times rubbing alcohol will cause problems. This is because rubbing alcohol has oils or glycerin in it.

I use alcohol but I use isopropyl alcohol.

Rubbing alcohol is normally only 70% alcohol and isopropyl is 99%.

There is a member of the board that used rubbing alcohol and had a very hard time getting the paint to adhere. Once they used isopropyl alcohol they had no problem.
Don't you mean denatured alcohol? Isopropyl *is* rubbing alcohol.

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Hmmm; I have an airbrush. Orange flames with a purple ground anyone?

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