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sik80 03-27-2010 11:58 AM

Painting the back of a tank black
 
I want to re-paint the back of my second hand tank black. What paint is suitable, safe and won't leave streaks? I've been looking up glass paint online and it seems v expensive

bettababy 03-27-2010 03:41 PM

You can paint the back (outside) of the tank using basic indoor latex paint. I would not suggest painting the inside. Over time the paint will eventually begin to peel... and it can be scraped off with a basic razor blade, but its a lot of work.

Hope this helps.

sik80 03-28-2010 06:48 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bettababy (Post 352015)
You can paint the back (outside) of the tank using basic indoor latex paint. I would not suggest painting the inside. Over time the paint will eventually begin to peel... and it can be scraped off with a basic razor blade, but its a lot of work.

Hope this helps.

thanks, thats kinda the problem at the moment - the old paint is peeling off and i want something durable. guess it probably doesn't matter toooo much as i'm gonna have it heavily planted anyway

bettababy 03-28-2010 12:48 PM

Any paint you use is going to eventually peel and chip away over time, that is what happens when you put paint on glass. If you repaint the back, be sure to scrape away all of the old paint first and give it a good washing before adding new paint. This will prevent it from peeling away faster.

KSASTER2 03-28-2010 12:55 PM

instead of painting mine black, I bought some self adhesive black vinyl and applied that it worked fine for me. just a little cutting and trimming and I was done

karjean 03-28-2010 08:37 PM

Or also you could get a piece of black vinyl table cloth at any party supply.

mollies 03-28-2010 09:20 PM

Or you Could use window tint. From walmart. 5% Tint.
Or you could go to wal mart and pick up 2 cans of 0.97 cent spray paint and It sticks way better then Any indoor latex paint. Just make sure you mask off the top so you dont get any paint inside.

bking 03-28-2010 09:34 PM

Black poster board from Office Depot. $2.95

sik80 04-12-2010 05:51 PM

well, i went for mollies suggestion of spray paint and got a really good result that i'm pleased with. took 4 or 5 coats but the paint coverage was very good and even. only time will tell if it peels. its still drying in this pic:

http://img297.imageshack.us/img297/6298/dsc00971hh.jpg

mollies 04-13-2010 01:18 AM

Looks good could we get a pic of it Standing upright. Lol Nice work.


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