View Full Version : Painted background questions
04-01-2009, 09:16 PM
I am picking up a 125 gal tank next week and I want to paint the back of it. I was planning on just using krylon fusion but I will have to paint the tank inside the house because we are knee deep in winter again. I wont be able to use spray paint because of this so I will have to go with some kind of a brush on paint. Do they make any brand of paint that would stick on glass better than others? I am also undecided as to what color to paint it I can't make up my mind between bright blue, dark blue, and black. I am kind of leaning toward black but I have never seen one painted this color. What do you guys think?
Z Fish Man
04-01-2009, 10:22 PM
I'm not sure about the paint but I was told latex paint works well. As far as the color goes I chose a black background using foam board and it looks nice but really highlights any imperfections in the gravel as i have dark gravel. It also makes any algae on the glass stand out. I think if you keep a clean tank black would look nice but think the blues would be cool too.
04-01-2009, 10:35 PM
I used acrylic paint (for crafts) and it worked very well. I just rolled on a bunch of layers and it has turned out very well. I also do the sides.
04-02-2009, 05:23 PM
Go talk to the paint dude at Home Depot and he can tell you the best paint for this project. If you are unsure of the color you want to do, take a look at the "returns" section to see if they have anything worth while. The Home Depot here often has about a half dozen cans of paint that were mixed but never bought so they sell for $5.
If you still can't decide, I recommend black.
Make sure you roll the paint on, don't use a brush.
04-02-2009, 05:34 PM
Hope it's ok to ask a quick question in your thread art. Hope it's not too stupid a question, but do you have to have an empty tank in order to paint it, or can you use caution and paint with the fish still in?
04-02-2009, 06:17 PM
I use cheap latex paint, brush and/or roller.
Yes, if you use latex you don't have to remove the fish
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