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Old 12-12-2005, 11:38 AM   #1
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Painting Aquarium Back

I made the mistake of not painting my tank before setting it up. I'm getting rid of all my hang on equipment and adding a sump. I'd love to paint the back, but I'm not sure about fumes now that the tank is full.

Has anyone painted the back AFTER the tank was filled?

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Old 12-12-2005, 11:40 AM   #2
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Why not tape the top off while you paint it? Just take a garbage bag or some thing that you can use to keep the vapors and stuff out. The tarp/bag wont be on long enough to hurt anything I wouldnt think. Took me like 5-10 mins to paint my 10g.
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Or, you can just tape up a solid black background paper. Much easier, it seems, and I don't think you'll be able to tell.
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I painted it when it was filled. I just got a roller and paintbrush from my garage and some black acrylic based paint and did about 2 coats on the back. My tank is only like 5 inches off the back from my wall so it was a little tricky but definatly do-able.
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Old 12-12-2005, 05:47 PM   #5
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Awesome. Thanks. I do have a blue background on it now, but you can't really see it well plus there are water marks between the paper and the glass and it looks stupid.

I'll give it a try when the hang on back stuff comes down.

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Old 12-12-2005, 06:36 PM   #6
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I did the same thing as DragonForce. The tank was full but I got out a roller and pan. Voila! Black back.
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will any acrylic based paint work??
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Old 12-15-2005, 12:00 PM   #8
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I believe so. I can't remember getting anything special at Lowes.
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