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Best paint to use for background

Was thinking about spray painting the back of one of my new tanks I got from the dpg sale and that makes me curious, what are some quality brands you guys would recommend to use for it?
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Plastic dip. Comes in different colours an if you don't like it you can just peel it off
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Read the label on the can of paint. If it does not specify glass it may not stick very well.
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heres my video showing how and what to use to paint your tank

www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrYobMIZk28
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I've used regular latex paint and also the rustoleum spray paint with primer in it. Both worked well and stuck no problem. The latex paint required multiple coats.
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heres my video showing how and what to use to paint your tank

Awesome video! Thanks. I think exactly like you regarding clear backgrounds. I have always spray painted mine but there is the problem with the over spray. Next tank I will try your method.

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I used latex indoor paint, too. Worked well for me; no issues so far.

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I too used plasti dip. You have to be careful though you can put "rips" in it

Edit: the only other con with plasti dip is that it's hard dragging a magnet over it even cleaning. Other than that it's great!

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I used plastidip. I like that its removable, but sticks well. It leaves a nice textured flat black. There's probably some other paints you can use and save $3.... but to me it was the obvious choice.

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I've used aerosol plastidip but found the process was a pain. I needed multiple coats (and multiple cans) for complete coverage. Not to mention I had to tape off every section of the tank that I didnt want painted and had to worry about overspray on everything else in the area where I was doing the work.

Just this weekend I painted another tank and used some acrylic craft paint and a small foam roller. Two coats of that and I had perfect coverage. Should be just as removable as the plastidip. Any paint is pretty easily removed from a surface as smooth as glass. Just a little scrape with a razor blade should do the trick.
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You can get non-aerosol cans of plasti dip too if you prefer to roll on.
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When I've used spray paint in the past, I just used whatever cheap can of black I could find. I think cleaning the glass really well, and doing many, many, light coats matters more then brand/cost.

More recently I've used brush-on latex. Took a lot more time, but unlike spray paint, it's something I could do in my studio apartment. It took a lot more coats, mostly to try and fill in the brush stroke lines. Using a roller will probably make it easier, and someone else on here advised thinning the latex, which seemed to work better the second tank I painted. You could probably get away with less, if you just want a black background, I wanted it thorough enough I couldn't see light through it (used a flashlight in a dark room to find thin spots/gaps)

I've heard a lot of good things about spray-on plasti-dip, mostly that it goes on easier/thicker, and removal is pretty easy if you change your mind. I haven't tried it myself, but probably will next time I paint.

Anyways, whatever method you use, cleaning the glass really well is probably the most important. I think the last tank I did I wiped it down with both vinegar, and then later, acetone.
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