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Old 08-26-2004, 04:55 PM   #1
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Background?

For those of you who has a background, did you paint it or tape one of those background sheets to the back?
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Old 08-26-2004, 05:01 PM   #2
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Paint! Paint! My opinion is that its the easiest, cheapest, and best looking solution. Krylon Fusion is what I used.
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Old 08-26-2004, 05:18 PM   #3
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I got the background from the LFS, then I smeared vaseline all over the front on it. I stuck it on the back, and used rubber blade (used for tinting windows) to work out all of the bubbles. It looks great. before I did this, I just had the background taped on, and it wasn't bright enough. But after the vaseline the background looks good.
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Old 08-26-2004, 05:50 PM   #4
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paint.
I tried teh vaseline thing, and it only held for a week. maybe I used too little vaseline...but **** if paint isn't just easier.
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I thought about paint, but my tank was already setup, so I don't think it would have been any easier for me. My next tank will be painted before I fill it.
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I would probibly paint it. If I had to do it over thats what I would have done. I have my background taped on with electrical tape right now. It Looks fine but is wrinkled a bit in places. It took several attempts and several sheets for me to get it looking good.

My background is called "deep sea" its a gradient from light blue to dark blue. Looks very nice and I doubt I would have easily gotten the subtle gradient with paint.
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Old 08-26-2004, 07:03 PM   #8
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Is it difficult to get a smooth finish when painting? Im a bit cautious about painting the tank.

As for the not as bright comment, I prefer a dark blue background...
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Old 08-26-2004, 07:06 PM   #9
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its almost impossible to get a bad finish when painting glass. I used speckle paint in order to get an irregular finish.
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I used the dark blue background and held it on with clear packing tape. I do not have it smoothed to the glass so it just looks dark and doesn't detract from the rest of the view one way or the other.
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Old 08-26-2004, 08:01 PM   #11
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Here's some pictures of some of my tanks, they are all painted.

http://photobucket.com/albums/v422/nateeide/Fish/


You definetly need to do it before they are filled, but its nearly impossible for it not to look good.
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Old 08-26-2004, 08:38 PM   #12
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Those are some neat stands, with the double tanks ontop of each other - really nice looking neide!
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I used a foam brush and made 3 coats of paint...... looks great... Next time I will use colbalt blue paint instead of black.... May try to mix in some baby blue shades with a spounge to get a different look. Best thing..... if you dont like it you can just scrape it off and do it again........
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Thanks, that was my summer project this year. One of these days I'll get around to posting my pics from the whole build process. I still need to make a hood too.
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This is my tank with the dark to light background via vaseline
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Old 08-28-2004, 07:53 PM   #16
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My tank is already set up - so painting the tank would be difficult. I have a taped on background right now - hate it - looks terrible. Tomorrow I am going to get a sheet of plexi and some Krylon fusion. I am going to paint the plexi and then try using silicone glue to stick it to the back of the tank.
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I have a coral background and It was a tape, it looks cool because it has bubble coral and stuff
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Old 08-29-2004, 04:27 PM   #18
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I used the black Oceanvisions background. You wet it and apply it with a squegee. I like the look of it and it can be applied to your tank if it is already setup, just not as easily. It comes in a few different colors.
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So if I mess up, all it takes is a razor to scrape the paint off?

Also, is Krylon Fusion the paint to use?
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Old 08-30-2004, 10:57 AM   #20
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I love the Fusion, because it bonds well to glass. But from what I'm hearing here, sounds like a lot of things work well. Plus the fusion happens to have a very natural looking blue color.

Now, I didn't try to remove any of it though. I did mess up a couple of places, kind of, but as long as you fill in all of the space it looks fine from the front.

A couple of years ago I had painted the back of another smaller tank with a roller, that didn't look nearly as good. I also think the paint I used was a problem, but I believe spraying is definetly the way to go.
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