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Old 06-29-2008, 10:47 PM   #1
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painting outside of tank?

I am looking into getting a used tank from craigslist. Most have the wood grain plastic edging, I would prefer black due to decor.
What paint would be suggested to paint the outside edges black for a salt water tank?
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I have used regular house paint myself. I recently did a marble finish on the back of my 135. I did it in reverse so that the "marbles" would show through. Some people find it easier to roll it on rather than spray it, due to overspray concerns.
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Pretty much any acrylic Spray paint will work as long as the glass is clean. Spraying has a much better finish look to it. Just make sure to cover the top of the tank so no paint gets inside.
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Are you talking about painting the wood/plastic trim around the tank or the glass itself? If you're talking about painting the glass, may i make a better suggestion? I actually used 5% window tint on the glass. It is very dark and looks great. If you're talking about painting the trim, any latex based paint would work.
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Ooooo.. that stuff is UV resistant isn't it.. I have one side panel that gets some indirect sunlight, causes me some issues... Maybe I tint that side up
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Yes it is UV resistant. That's the reason I chose to use it. I used it on the back and sides of my aquarium. Not only does it look better than painting the glass, but it serves a great purpose. If your tank is exposed to some sunlight, then this will certainly help with alqae problems....at least that's my thought.
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i hope it works out for you. it has for me so far......
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