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    I got the back of the tank painted-but it kinda ran- I looks great from the outside- but not the inside. I was thinking of scraping it off- but then I remembered that it will reflect light anyways- and was wondering if there was a spraypaint that I could spraypaint the INSIDE of the back of the tank.

    I read about some reefkeepers using Krylon Fusion.
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    I've never heard of someone spraypainting the inside of the tank, just seems so much easier to do the outside back. I used Krylon Fusion to spraypaint the back of my tank and it looks great on the inside. If you take it slow and do multiple thin coats then it won't drip. Having said that, Krylon Fusion is also ok to use inside the tank and many people do. I used it on my DIY PVC overflow and haven't seen any issues with doing so.

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    One side of it, I guess I did it too fast- so it dripped-and then it doesn't look so good from the inside on that side. I think I will scrape it off and redo it. I was thinking if I lay the tank on it's side to paint it- it won't run off....

    I'll see how that does.. I just like the non-shiny matte look of the spraypaint.
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    Yes lay it down and do only thin coats.It may take several.
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    when i had a 40g breeder reef, i painted the back outside with blue Krylon, as well as many PVC pieces inside. just be sure to do 3-5 coats so it doesnt flake and give it a few days to fully dry and it should be safe

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    I would simply scrap it off and re-do it rather than painting the inside. I had to do that with one of my tanks once because I added too many coats without letting it dry completely between each coat.

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    Unless you're using paint that has something in it (ie Metal Flake) a run shouldn't show on the inside unless you have thin spots in the paint. You could probably just put another coat on over the one that's on there to even out it's thickness.

    Krylon Fusion is safe once FULLY cured but I would not paint the inside unless there were no other way. Yes the glass can be scraped off with a window scraper/single edge razor blade.

    You can get some really awesome effects with a couple colours, some sponges, crumpled plastic bags, 'shiny' pages from magazines, and such. You can use a feather's edge dipped in white paint to make random lines across the back of the tank, let dry, then back in greys and black useing the sponges, paper, and crumpled plastic, then backcoat that in black and you've got a background that looks like black marble.

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    What about using a chemical paint remover or mineral spirits to remove the paint on the outside? Then start over. I dont think that would etch the glass - at least less likely than using a scraper or razor blade?
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    Actually, a razor blade works really well at removing paint from glass and shouldn't scratch it unless you actually run the edge of the blade perpendicular along the glass. As long as you hold the blade at like a 45 degree angle, there shouldn't be any issues.

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    That's what I did. And I would not think a paint remover would be a good thing with the silicone.

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