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Old 05-21-2013, 09:22 AM   #1
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background paint

What kinda paint would you use on a glass aquarium to paint the background.
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Old 05-21-2013, 11:01 AM   #2
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I used black acrylic paint and a roller to paint the back of my 55. It took about 3 coats to get full coverage. People on here have also spray painted and used latex paint. Just make sure the glass is wiped clean and dry before you start and tape off the edges.
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Old 05-26-2013, 09:35 AM   #3
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I used black acrylic paint and a roller to paint the back of my 55. It took about 3 coats to get full coverage. People on here have also spray painted and used latex paint. Just make sure the glass is wiped clean and dry before you start and tape off the edges.
+1. Just make sure you use a sponge roller, a cheap one will do. You could do the whole thing for $5!!!!
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Yup its a very cheap project that makes a huge difference in the look of the tank! The small bottles of acrylic paint were only 58 cents each. I used a foam roller and it worked too.Between coats I covered the tray and roller with saran wrap to keep it all from drying.
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Yup its a very cheap project that makes a huge difference in the look of the tank! The small bottles of acrylic paint were only 58 cents each. I used a foam roller and it worked too.Between coats I covered the tray and roller with saran wrap to keep it all from drying.
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It this aquarium setup already or empty?
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I used rhino liner think it looks the best and don't flake off over time
you can follow the link below in my signature to see how I did mine
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I used spray on plastidip. It's great. Best if all, if you don't like it, it peels off.
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I had painted my 75 gallon black about a month ago. I bought the cheap acrylics from Wal-Mart. I think I paid $2 for it. . .

It went on really nice. Took about 3 coats to get it nice and covered. I was happy.

UNTIL. . .

I was fiddling with the intake about a week after painting and I managed to get a few water drips down the back of the tank. Well, I look in my tank and what do I see? Water stains running down the back! Lucky me!

I tried drying them with a hairdryer. . .no luck.

I tried painting over them. . .no luck.

So, I ended up moving the (full!) tank away from the wall (so glad I put the felt pads under the stand otherwise there is no way that sucker would have slid out). I scraped the old paint off (it came off really nice and only took about 5 minutes with a straight razor)

Then I ran out to Home Depot and bought a small tub (they call it the "test size") of latex based paint. Had them tint it black (which is free of course) and re-rolled that on. It looks so much nicer than the cheap stuff (while still being cheap itself. ..I think it was $4.99 for the test size). And the water doesn't effect it at all.

Just my opinion, but next time around I will avoid the cheap acrylics and spend a few extra bucks for a decent product. Maybe it was just a REALLY cheap brand of acrylic. . .but yeah, water stains running down the back didn't look very nice!

Good luck with the painting.
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I had painted my 75 gallon black about a month ago. I bought the cheap acrylics from Wal-Mart. I think I paid $2 for it. . .

It went on really nice. Took about 3 coats to get it nice and covered. I was happy.

UNTIL. . .

I was fiddling with the intake about a week after painting and I managed to get a few water drips down the back of the tank. Well, I look in my tank and what do I see? Water stains running down the back! Lucky me!

I tried drying them with a hairdryer. . .no luck.

I tried painting over them. . .no luck.

So, I ended up moving the (full!) tank away from the wall (so glad I put the felt pads under the stand otherwise there is no way that sucker would have slid out). I scraped the old paint off (it came off really nice and only took about 5 minutes with a straight razor)

Then I ran out to Home Depot and bought a small tub (they call it the "test size") of latex based paint. Had them tint it black (which is free of course) and re-rolled that on. It looks so much nicer than the cheap stuff (while still being cheap itself. ..I think it was $4.99 for the test size). And the water doesn't effect it at all.

Just my opinion, but next time around I will avoid the cheap acrylics and spend a few extra bucks for a decent product. Maybe it was just a REALLY cheap brand of acrylic. . .but yeah, water stains running down the back didn't look very nice!

Good luck with the painting.
Great advice. I'm doing my 10g&15g very soon, so I might just look into that paint myself. I have heard a few people mention it here before. I have had no problems with my background but it makes more sense to use a waterproof paint. Cheers
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