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Old 09-07-2004, 06:29 PM   #1
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What type of paint for back of tank?

I want to paint the outside of the back of my tank. What type of paint should I use? Is there something just for aquariums, or can I pick something up at say Home Depot? I'm looking for gloss black if it matters. Any tips, personal experiences welcome. Thanks.
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Old 09-07-2004, 06:41 PM   #2
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latex works great. acrylic craft paint works great too.

gloss, matte...doesn't really matter, as any sheen will pretty much come out matte on the underside...the top side will be glossy if you use gloss.

If you're after a shiny look, try some acrylic paint, and add a bit of silver to the black.

as far as tips...shoot for about 3 coats.
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I used paint from Lowes when I painted the back of my tank. I kept on finding little hairline cracks after a layer dried so I'd apply another coat. It took a lot of coats. You might want to check with a local crafts store to see if they have a paint that is designed for coating glass. Good luck!
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I acutally used Rustoleum Gloss spray enamel. It rubs off if you scrape it but it does stick to the glass overall.
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Many thin coats, as opposed to 2 regular coats may cover the cracks. But I think spray would be easier.
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I used Krylon Fusion. Its the only paint I found that does actually bond to glass. Its technically made for plastic, but it works well with glass as well. I used a blue, but it came out incredible. Way better then I even expected.
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Old 09-07-2004, 08:13 PM   #7
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Can some of you post pics of your backgrounds?
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I used 2 part speckle paint, then filled in the voids with acrylic that matched. Looks irregular, not happy with the color I chose, but otherwise love the look.
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Just look at my sig. the 40gallon SW is cobalt blue acrylic craft paint. 3 coats. The 20gallon is black acrylic.
I need to update the 15 gallon. I used a crackle glaze on it this weekend, with silver over it. THen I put up black posterboard to fill in the crackle gaps.
I have a copper crackled 5 gallon tank that's empty..but soon to have a plant an another betta in it, so I'll post it soon.
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Rustoleum Gloss enamel in a can. Used a sponge to paint it on THICK one coat.
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