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Painting the back of your tank #1
Hi all.

Has anyone out there ever painted the back of their tank ?

I have a black background which just lifts off when it feels like it, just want to know if there is a certain type of paint to use or just acrylic tubes of paint, looking to turn it black...so any advice would be great

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Re: Painting the back of your tank #2
I used black vinyl wrap (sold by car places on ebay) to cover the back of mine, you make it stick by spraying a mixture of water & washing up liquid onto it and then stick it to the back of the tank - you can then move it around, you'll also need to get rid of the air bubbles by smoothing over with a c/c.

Mine has never come off, but it you change your mind it does peel off if you are committed enough - would be less drastic / toxic than paint and would help it's re-sale value if you ever wanted rid of it.
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Re: Painting the back of your tank #3
I use floor paint on mine - the sort used for concrete floors. Apply with a roller for a smooth finish. No need to worry about toxicity if it's done on an empty tank. If the tank already has fish and they can't be moved while you do it, then vinyl as suggested by maccy_g will do a good job. My big tank has a black vinyl background which was applied at the factory when the tank was made and it looks really good.
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Re: Painting the back of your tank #4
Thanks for the replies.
I'm only going to paint the rear outside of the tank glass, so no problems with toxicity, don't think tinting is an option as tank is going through its fishless cycle and far too heavy to move and have little access to rear.

Going to try some acrylic paint and a small roller at the weekend, ill let you know how it goes lol
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Re: Painting the back of your tank #5
Toxicity includes vapours which may transfer to your tank when painting the outside.
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Re: Painting the back of your tank #6
I just use 2 or 3 coats of emulsion - keep going until it looks even looking through front glass - very cheap and easy.
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Re: Painting the back of your tank #7
Never even thought of using emulsion...going to stick with the original selection of water based acrylic..all being well it should turn out ok. Will post a pic when its done.

Thanks to all for the advice
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Re: Painting the back of your tank #8
Hi all.

Bough some crafters acrylic black water based paint ( 236ml ) and did four coats on a 48" x 18" panel, and still have nearly half the tube left.
Applied with a mini roller the end result if great, no more waking up and finding an annoying air bubble lol