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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-31-2013, 01:18 PM Thread Starter
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Paint for a background

What kind of paint can I either brush or spray on the outside back of my tank that's safe for fish and plants? I don't want to do the tape on backgrounds if I remember right it's a latex paint but correct me if I'm wrong before I go buy it
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You paint the outside of the tank of course not the inside and the fumes in the air won't dissolve into the water (assuming you've got an established tank you're wanting to paint). You can always lay cardboard over the tank top if you don't have tops while you paint. Cheap black spray paint works great.
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I used Rustoleum flat black enamel paint for my background.
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plastidip, if you ever want to change the color it's an easy switch.
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It's not set up yet its this weekends project so getting it in the water isn't a problem.
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Plasti dip works the best, it attaches well but you can still peel it off if you want, if you're careful you can spray it lightly and make a smoked background effect or just do a heavy coat, takes about 1 can to cover about 8-10 sf of glass in my experience
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I've painted/brushed on regular ol' latex house paint.
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I used low VOC black latex paint when I painted my tank because I had to do it indoors with the tank set up and didn't want the smell of spray or regular paint. It worked great and didn't smell at all. I then covered the dry paint with a layer of painters tape on the back to avoid any potential dings/scratches/peeling from equipment touching it.

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Another vote for Rustoleum flat black, but the Plasti-Dip looks interesting.
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I've painted/brushed on regular ol' latex house paint.
Me too, I rolled mine on.
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If you don't have the tank set up yet, I'd tape off the opening and the sides, and then give the back a few good coats of spraypaint. I've had pretty good results with this in the past, and just used whatever cheap paint I could find (clean the glass well).

More recently I did one with brush on latex, and found that a bit more difficult (mostly brush-marks, so a roller might have had better results).
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I just painted 2 10 gallons with plasti dip. Worked well just took like 3 coats to fully cover. Also make sure to tape the top off so no over spray gets inside the tank. Great thing about this stuff is a quick scrape with a razor and comes right off


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I ended up getting a latex based can and just rolling it on with a roller had to go over it several times but it worked well
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+1 for plasti dip look it up on YouTube.

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I used black acrylic paint with a foam roller. Probably about 3 coats but a little goes a long way. Can be removed easily if you change your mind later.


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