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nrbelk
07/17/2013, 02:59 PM
What are some of the different methods for making the back of a large tank black? I prefer black over blue and both over clear. Some one also told me that a mirror can make it look really cool but I don't think I want that.

Thanks!

Also, if you suggest a solution, will you also say which materials (hopefully brand as well) so I know what is safe to use? For example "Paint it" would be more helpful if it was "paint it with X made by X".

Thanks again for your help!

thegrun
07/17/2013, 03:13 PM
Spray paint if you can paint it outdoors, a small roller in indoors.

billdogg
07/17/2013, 03:16 PM
Spray, brush or roll paint on it.

Krylon fusion is a good choice for spray, but it can be a bit messy and you have to tape off everything you don't want to get painted.

For either a brush or roller, I prefer oil based enamel instead of latex. I've used the stuff from Lowes, HD, Sherwin Williams to name a few. It will take 2 or 3 coats, but unless you are a sloppy painter no taping is needed.

nrbelk
07/17/2013, 03:23 PM
Any paint works? Does it come off if I decide one day to change it?

don_chuwish
07/17/2013, 03:30 PM
I used acrylic craft paint and a cheap foam roller. Very durable once totally dry. Takes about 3 coats to really get opaque.

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Palting
07/17/2013, 04:54 PM
Any paint works? Does it come off if I decide one day to change it?

Yes, you can scrape it off glass easily with a scraper and elbow grease. I used flat black Krylon spray paint. More than 3 years now, holding up well.

nrbelk
07/17/2013, 05:21 PM
Thanks for all the info everyone.

Just some more info for maybe some more specialized suggestions. The tank is a 300 gallon and its already in the house, so I won't be able to use spray paint. Seems like a lot prefer the Krylon spray paint. Does it come in a form that I can use with a roller?

Andyf30
07/17/2013, 05:43 PM
I used latex paint. Its harder to get off but much harder to scratch as well.

Sn8kbyt
07/17/2013, 06:11 PM
I used flat black krylon and a small foam roller. Took about 3 coats and looks great.

droth335
07/17/2013, 06:51 PM
I used rustoleum black and a small roller. 4 coats (about 1 hour dry time between coats) worked perfectly.

kegogut
07/17/2013, 06:56 PM
Ive actually used black construction paper from Walgreens. Not nearly as permanent and just as black.

Lambert58
07/17/2013, 07:03 PM
I put limo tint film on my last two tanks and will never use paint again.

Outrigger Reef
07/17/2013, 07:48 PM
Go to your local sign shop and get black vinyl. Goes on with no mess.

kjboggs
07/17/2013, 08:45 PM
Limo tint for me, looks great and is reversible unlike paint.

Ruu
07/17/2013, 08:56 PM
Limo tint. I got a 6x2x2 sheet for $10 at auto zone. I used black electrical tape to secure the edges, but I'm not 100% sure I needed to.

Dave

Deinonych
07/17/2013, 09:39 PM
Limo tint for me, looks great and is reversible unlike paint.

+1

I used a roll of 5% VLT film from Walmart and it works great.

Henryz
07/17/2013, 09:45 PM
I have two tanks both with black backgrounds. On the first I did the vinyl backing and second I painted with Krylon spray. I honestly prefer the painted one, and was super easy

nrbelk
07/18/2013, 10:46 AM
Thanks all for the suggestions. Is vinyl and limo tint the same thing?

kelrn98
07/18/2013, 11:25 AM
I used some adhesive vinyl from http://www.thatpetplace.com/aquarium-supplies/self-adhesive-backgrounds#!self-adhesive-backgrounds It worked really well. It takes a few set of hands to apply but it works. Has not peeled away from the tank. I do recommend putting it on the tank makes it to its final resting place as it is somewhat difficult to apply it smoothly in hard to reach areas.

bubblyblu
07/18/2013, 11:30 AM
I used black vinyl. That way whenever you get tired of it or want to change it you just have to peel it off. I thought painting would a mission (in my opinion)

Fishypapa
07/18/2013, 12:11 PM
Black foam-core from Michaels and double sided tape. REALLY easy to remove if necessary and since it's a type of plastic, no getting messed up by spray.

twelvefive
07/18/2013, 12:37 PM
Thanks all for the suggestions. Is vinyl and limo tint the same thing?

Nope. Vinyl will be a thicker material and easier to work with than tint because it's thicker and won't fold on itself. It will also be easier to remove than the tint.

kegogut
07/18/2013, 02:10 PM
Limo tint is actually translucent to a certain degree. Vinyl will be totally opaque.

I know someone who has limo tint on his 375 and 475 and it looks great but if you look real hard you can see thru the back into his fish room.

If your tank is going to be against a wall it doesnt really matter TBH.

richib86
07/18/2013, 04:12 PM
buy plastidip, we use it for cars that dont want to spend the money to get a vinyl wrap done. it peals off clean when your tired of it

apt220
07/18/2013, 04:28 PM
I used this stuff. Worked awesome.

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?pcatid=19785

Kinda pricey though.

NTP66
07/18/2013, 05:28 PM
Black posterboard is less than $1 per sheet at any crafts store, goes up in about 12 seconds, and looks great.

dmh8801
07/18/2013, 05:32 PM
Just did our new tank with black vinyl. I used to do sign work on the side and had some left over.

239001

planedoc
07/18/2013, 05:33 PM
My acrylic tank that I purchased has a very thin (1/16" or less) bonded to the back panel. My 75 I put a blue background like from petsmart, now 1 year later the entire back is covered in coralline algae. So unless you plan on scraping the back wall what choice is just temporary until Coralline blocks the view

kegogut
07/18/2013, 05:39 PM
Black posterboard is less than $1 per sheet at any crafts store, goes up in about 12 seconds, and looks great.

This is what I have on the back on my tank atm and it looks great

My acrylic tank that I purchased has a very thin (1/16" or less) bonded to the back panel. My 75 I put a blue background like from petsmart, now 1 year later the entire back is covered in coralline algae. So unless you plan on scraping the back wall what choice is just temporary until Coralline blocks the view

and yes Coralline will cover the back in a couple years and it wont matter.