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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-14-2012, 12:54 PM Thread Starter
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I got krylon satin black paint ... would that work or do I need a gloss?

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The inside of the glass will effect how you see the background. To really understand how it would look a test on a scrap pc of glass will help.

A basic rule is dark background will absorb light, lighter backgrounds will reflect it. If your tank is low light and already dark you might not like the black background.

You might test that out with black paper 1st, before you commit to paint.
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Well I have a blackground on my 15 and I love it im just wondering if the satin is too matte and will look weird

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Lol I said blackground I Ment black background xD

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but if it is black then that is what it is: Blackground.

Anyway, no Satin or Matte finish, or even Flat will not be weird looking. Might even be better.

To see how these might look hold up something that is not shiny as a background: A black towel, or other fabric, a piece of construction paper or similar.
The plastic sheet backgrounds from fish stores are usually shiny, at least equivalent to Gloss or High Gloss.

I have used all sorts of materials, and I do not think the Gloss or lack of it is very important.
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Well I have a blackground on my 15 and I love it im just wondering if the satin is too matte and will look weird

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I've done semi-gloss and matte black paint jobs on my tanks and have much prefered having a bit of shine in the paint as even a small amount picks up light changes. Flat black is just that: flat.
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