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Old 01-10-2009, 01:07 PM   #1
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Painting the tank!

What type of spray paint do you use to paint the back of your glass tanks? and specific color that looks nice!?
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Old 01-10-2009, 01:16 PM   #2
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I used Lowes brand Velspar enamel in flat black. It turned out really nice and I'm happy with it. Took about 1 1/2 cans to get it good and covered (55gal). I used the flashlight method to make sure there wasn't any light coming through. Once I couldn't see the light through the paint, I was done. HTH.
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Old 01-10-2009, 01:19 PM   #3
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lol thank you for that i had no ideaa that people do that! i will be off to buy some spray paint now then.. and will do the same thank you
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Old 01-10-2009, 01:31 PM   #4
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You're welcome. People choose different colors for their own personal taste. I chose black because I have a black stand/canopy and white..ish substrate and I think it looks pretty sharp.
Edited to add...I did this in coats about 15-20 minutes apart from each other. Also, my first coat was a really fine mist of spray paint, in hopes the second coat would have something to cling to since the paint doesn't soak in to glass like it does wood. I hope that made sense...LOL
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Old 01-10-2009, 07:11 PM   #5
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i bought oil based flat paint... any tips before i start painting the tank?!

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Old 01-26-2009, 12:24 AM   #6
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Why flat paint and not gloss?
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Flat paint will adhere much better and you view it threw the glass which makes it look like gloss anyhow.
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Old 01-26-2009, 04:11 PM   #8
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I was thinking of painting a thin sheet of particle board and adhering it to the back of the tank, since my tank is already in place and I cant take it out to spray. I guess Ill see how it is without gloss first.
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Old 01-28-2009, 02:19 PM   #10
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I've heard of people using a roller for this reason. You could probably google it and come up with some specifics.
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