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Old 02-25-2013, 11:50 PM   #1
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Painting the Back of the Tank

Do most of you guys paint the back of your tanks? If not what do you do? If there are any little tricks please share.
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Old 02-25-2013, 11:56 PM   #2
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A lot of people paint the back. I've seen cut outs from the store, some spray paint cardboard that is the exact same length and width of the tank and stick it behind the tank, and some also use black trash bags. There are tons of ways to do it. Personally I just bought a black cutout you get from the petstore and taped it on
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I just finished mine and it looks great I used valspar plastic paint and did real light coats. Took about 15 coats but it looks great
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@tampa_nick you roll it on right? and what style black did you use?
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why is this done?
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@tampa_nick you roll it on right? and what style black did you use?
My tank is currently stocked, however, I have access to the back of the tank. Any special considerations (like low VOCs) so I don't affect the fish? I plan on using a hotdog roller (mini-roller) and covering the edges with blue tape.
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why is this done?
The background is there to prevent one from seeing the equipment, wires, etc. It can also prevent ambient/excessive light from coming into the tank. Painted backgrounds offer a permanent* solution that won't warp with water contact or shift out of place in case the equipment is moved.
* Can be scraped off if necessary
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is there special types of paint to use?
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is there special types of paint to use?
Krylon spray paint or you can use a roller. Which ever is easier for you.

Just make sure to really clean the surface good with running alcohol.
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I used spray paint since the tank isn't setup. I used valspar plastic flat black spray paint. You can roll it on with a roller and I think some one said latex. I liked the spray paint since I was able to do extremely light coats.
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