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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-08-2005, 01:28 PM Thread Starter
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Removing a painted background

I have a tank that I bought at a garage sale and the background is painted black but it is pretty scratched up and I would prefer blue anyway. How do I remove the current paint to prep it for the new. I plan to use a latex paint. I don't know what kind of paint is on there now. Any advice would be appreciated.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-08-2005, 02:18 PM
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Couple of possibilities. The first is a razor blade; just scrape it off. If that doesn't work paint stripper. Zylene will remove latex in much the same way that paint stripper removes oil based paints. Most paint doesn't stick that well to glass so it is usually not that hard to get off. If you are using a stripper, or the Zylene, do it out side, as the fumes are noxious and dangerous.

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You can also use easyoff oven cleaner.
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I would be very careful using removers not to get any inside the tank at all. It can break down the silicone in the seals. Razor blades work easily on glass and will not scratch it.
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That is a very good point Buck. Methlylene chloride is the active ingredient in most paint strippers, and I believe it is also what you use to dissolve Silicone. I had forgotten about that.

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I took it off with a razor blade and followed your instructions in the articles Buck for custom painting the background. It is now a nice blue. "True Blue" to be exact, it is a Behr color that I used to have on the top 1/3 of the walls in my boys' bedroom. It looks nice and clean and brighter. Thanks for all the replies.
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