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Old 09-02-2014, 01:21 PM   #1
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Pros or cons of painting a back round?

Pros or cons of painting a background? Are there any cons?


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Old 09-02-2014, 01:44 PM   #2
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I have all pros, no cons yet.
Mine are painted on the outside black
Looks great, had them for years
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Old 09-02-2014, 02:58 PM   #3
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Pros or cons of painting a back round?

Okay I'm going to be buying plasti dip today. And i will be painting tomorrow when I move my tank to the new house.
Just wanted to hear if any one had and negative view on the aspect of painting the background.

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Old 09-02-2014, 03:22 PM   #4
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I'm going to do a black background on my 30 gal soon, and from all the research I've done. There's not really a con to doing it I can see. I think it looks great especially when you have a planted tank.


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The one obvious con would be wanting to change the background sometime down the road. That would depend on the individual, though.
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Old 09-02-2014, 04:35 PM   #6
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Thought of that and this is why I'm going to use plasti dip. A rubber coating so I can remove it if I ever want to.


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I never understood why you would only want to be able to see through the front (and sides)?
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Old 09-02-2014, 04:45 PM   #8
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Unless your tank is in a wall you won't be able to see through the back?


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Old 09-02-2014, 04:48 PM   #9
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Most people paint the back of the tank so you don't have to see all the cords. And apparently once painted the color of your fish and plants will pop out more. The background is also supposed to direct the light better.


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ah...mines in a small nook near where a stair case goes down next to it, then theres a landing, and the stair case turns 90 and then continues down. So you can see in it walking up or down the stairs from eithe direction. Even if it was against a wall...whats wrong with seeing through it to the wall?
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Old 09-02-2014, 05:00 PM   #11
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Like I said before. Most people don't like seeing the cords. Me for example I have a canister filter so I have nasty brown hoses, and 3 cords from my light fixture. Supposably when you paint the back the color of your fish and plants will pop.


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I just like the way tanks look with the black back ground, it makes all the colors seem more vibrant.


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Old 09-02-2014, 05:23 PM   #13
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How did you clean the back before you painted it?


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How did you clean the back before you painted it?
I used Acetone.

I might add the only paint I have ever had truly adhere to the glass is Krylon Fusion.

I have also used Latex but it takes a crazy heavy coat to get good coverage.
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Check out this video on YouTube:

http://youtu.be/9RCZEl2eAs4


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Old 09-02-2014, 06:25 PM   #16
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Just bought plasti dip from Home Depot.


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Black gives the illusion of depth
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Just bought plasti dip from Home Depot.


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This should be perfect for your application. Why use acetone to clean it? Its just glass, it requires nothing special. A microfiber rag and water will do the trick...or if thats not good enough, the same rag with some isopropyl alcohol.
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Awesome, elephantnose! I can't wait to hear what you think.

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http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/...ps9bsjh3km.jpg the tank is still at the old house, but when I go to get tank after school I'll post a before and after shot.


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