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Old 04-04-2012, 01:21 PM   #1
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Painting tank background

I wanted to paint the back of my 4' tank flat black. I don't like the glare from the poster sheet background that I'm currently using. I was thinking of using a self-priming latex exterior paint such as the Behr Ultra. Any thoughts or recommendations?
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Old 04-04-2012, 01:27 PM   #2
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I previously have used latex on my backgrounds but just today i tried spray paint. was much easier, the coverage was really good and there was no dripping. You might wanna try that. I know I will be painting with spray paint in the future, can't believe how much easier it is. lol
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I used krylon spray paint on my 29 and 75 gallon tanks and have been very happy with it.
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Hmm. This a full 55 gallon on the second floor. I'm reluctant to use rattle cans indoors after my lacquer incident.
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Old 04-04-2012, 03:28 PM   #5
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Painting the background of a tank is the BEST background (maybe besides 3D backgrounds). It's certainly the easiest, cheapest.

Spray paint is the way to go. I've painted both my tanks, my FW community is black and my SW FOWLR is blue. I used Rustoleum Gloss on my FW and Krylon Gloss on my SW.

Comparing the 2 experiences, it was much easier and I had a better outcome when using the Rustoleum.
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Old 04-04-2012, 03:29 PM   #6
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Hmm. This a full 55 gallon on the second floor. I'm reluctant to use rattle cans indoors after my lacquer incident.
Just saw your comment, I live on the 4th floor but I have a balcony. If you have to brush, get the Rustoleum cans and just follow the directions. But if you can figure a way to spray paint def go for that.
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Old 04-04-2012, 04:00 PM   #7
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You guys think gloss paint is the way to go? I was thinking flat to avoid a glare.
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You guys think gloss paint is the way to go? I was thinking flat to avoid a glare.
Hi it will not make any difference as its the glass you see not the finish of the paint. I personally always use a matt
I give the external of the tank a couple of coats of black matt {Blackboard paint} then cover this with insulation.
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I would not spray or brush paint a full tank with fish in it!
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I would not spray or brush paint a full tank with fish in it!
I've used a roller to paint 3 tanks with fish in them. Never encountered a problem.
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