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Old 02-02-2014, 05:11 PM   #51
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Went with the store bought black background it's a little shinny for my liking mat would be better but I still like how it looks. Click image for larger version

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Old 02-03-2014, 11:46 PM   #52
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Just picked up two pieces of black poster board at Wal Mart for two bucks and used some clear packaging tape to hold in place. Looks like a painted back panel from front of tank with half the time and effort.
The trouble with that is if it gets wet, you will see the water marks.
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Old 02-04-2014, 06:05 AM   #53
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The trouble with that is if it gets wet, you will see the water marks.

Hopefully no water gets it.
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Did you use regular latex paint?
No.. I was never a fan of rolling paint on because I used a magfloat, and the texture didn't work out very well with it.

I found, after painting several tanks, that the cheap spray paint from walmart worked the best. A few coats and it looked great. Didn't scratch easy at all, but came off with relative ease using a razor blade (on the sides and such, because I never taped it off).
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Old 02-04-2014, 06:43 PM   #55
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No.. I was never a fan of rolling paint on because I used a magfloat, and the texture didn't work out very well with it.

I found, after painting several tanks, that the cheap spray paint from walmart worked the best. A few coats and it looked great. Didn't scratch easy at all, but came off with relative ease using a razor blade (on the sides and such, because I never taped it off).
When your using spray paint, do you need an undercoat or something else for the spray paint to stick to??
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No it sticks to glass well. Just make sure it's clean. Alcohol is good for cleaning before painting
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Old 02-05-2014, 12:49 PM   #57
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I used krylon gloss black for mine a week ago, it took 2 cans but I over did it a bit. When painting it, you have to make sure you clean the glass extremely well

This was the prep part. I taped everything off and made sure no fumes could get in the tank and I taped off the trim.
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Old 02-05-2014, 01:06 PM   #58
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I used krylon gloss black for mine a week ago, it took 2 cans but I over did it a bit. When painting it, you have to make sure you clean the glass extremely well

This was the prep part. I taped everything off and made sure no fumes could get in the tank and I taped off the trim.
Turned out good. I always end up going the spray paint route also. Never have been disappointed with the results and have some tanks over 20 years done this way.
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Old 10-09-2014, 10:36 PM   #59
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Has anyone tried painting a Matt black background on a tank with a betta in it? I have always wanted a black background ( or even dark for that matter) but I have a betta who flares at even dark spots in my tacky picture scape background. Anyone have any ideas?


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I have the back of all of my tanks painted black,adds depth in my opinion.The beta shouldn't have a problem...

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