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Anybody paint their ADA/rimless tank?

Hey gang,

Does anybody have photos of their painted (black background) ADA/rimless tank? I've been looking at some tanks in the journal section and saw that many people don't paint the back panel black.

Looking for some inspiration. I don't really care about photoshooting my tank but I need it to look nice in person.
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Rather than painting your pricey rimless tank, go to a plastic or hardware store and order a made-to-size plastic sheet. Then attach or prop that sheet to the back of your tank. That way you don't have to alter the tank itself.

I use black ABS sheets which were super cheap at the store I went to in San Francisco. Not sure how cheap it would be in Toronto, but it should be cheaper than PVC or acrylic.

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Try black contact paper the vinyl stuff for lining shelves.
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Automotive window tinting is another alternative as is the vinyl used to make decals like whats often seen on car windows.
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Hey gang

Thanks for the feedback. I think the window tint is quite promising because it's easy to apply and offers a tint, as opposed to solid black.

If anybody has photos of black back panel (be it paint, vinyl, cardboard), show em off!
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If you want a tint, just buy a thin sheet of lexan (sp?) Plastic and apply tint on that. No need to put tint directly on your nice tank.

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If you want a tint, just buy a thin sheet of lexan (sp?) Plastic and apply tint on that. No need to put tint directly on your nice tank.
...And there are places that sell tinted Lexan and Plexi.
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