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Old 08-30-2012, 01:34 PM   #1
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Painting back of tank?

I want to paint my tank black but it set up and I can move it. I have like 3" behind the tank. Could I do it?
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Old 08-30-2012, 01:42 PM   #2
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If you'd be willing to do a lot of taping off and can ventilate the room very well you might be able.to spray it but I would say just get a black backdrop for it that's what's on my 20 extra high and looks just as good
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Old 08-30-2012, 01:49 PM   #3
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not a good idea if its already set up
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Old 08-30-2012, 01:49 PM   #4
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Just get one of those really thin trim rollers, they're like 1" thick...and an extension pole. You will be ok... I wouldn't spray paint anywhere near it personally, no offense MRC you da man anyways!
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Old 08-30-2012, 02:01 PM   #5
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I'll put this out there lol. I'm guilty. I sprayed my 55 that was already set up with fish in. It's not worth it and it was a HUGE pain! I'd go for the roller approach or do window film like when they tint windows.

I made such a mess... Fish were fine but the wife wasn't when she had black feet(oops) just when you think you've taped off enough area and the over spray will get everywhere TRUST me. Not worth it, coming from someone who did it.
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Old 08-30-2012, 02:02 PM   #6
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Lol nice work Con!
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Old 08-30-2012, 02:10 PM   #7
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Lol nice work Con!
Haha tell that to my wife lol. Man did I pay for that one.

Roller is your best option.
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Old 08-30-2012, 02:12 PM   #8
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I've actually done a lot of indoor spraying during winters and after enough trial and error its kinda easy you just have to consider how the air will be blown as it blows off the different surfaces but something like this I would tape it off on top, down one side, along the bottom, and up the wall to make a "pocket" with one opening to spray from then grab your shop vac and either have someone hold it or tape it in place. It's kind of a lot of work but I prefer spray paints over roll ons. I've torn down modded and spray painted a computer tower all on my computer desk with no mess and all hardware working fine in the end lol
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go with the roller there shouldn't be a problem. If you need more room, if its on a wood floor you could slide it out a couple of inches I did that to get my skimmer behind mine.
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If its a smallish tank a piece of colored cardstock cut to fit is a simple alternative.
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