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rleechb
06/29/2006, 10:22 PM
Hi -
I just bought an oceanic glass tank, and I'd like to spray paint the back of the tank black. What kind of spray paint should I use? Does regular black spray paint work, or is there a special type for glass tanks? Thanks.

dodgersfan25
06/29/2006, 10:43 PM
i just used regular spray paint and it worked fine

Bebo77
06/29/2006, 10:55 PM
i am sure krylon makes some special paint... alot of people "paint" or roll it on...

marines
06/30/2006, 05:45 AM
is it safe to use a painted material and submersing it in water?

wont there be any toxic effects to the tank inhabitants?

Steven Pro
06/30/2006, 05:51 AM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=7656206#post7656206 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by rleechb
Hi -
I just bought an oceanic glass tank, and I'd like to spray paint the back of the tank black. What kind of spray paint should I use? Does regular black spray paint work, or is there a special type for glass tanks? Thanks. I have seen and bought tanks for customers with a special silicone paint applied. It is much tougher to scratch, but much more expensive. I usually use whatever spray paint is cheapest at the hardware store that comes in a color I like. Just spray multiple, thin layers to get the best coverage.

Steven Pro
06/30/2006, 05:52 AM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=7657071#post7657071 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by marines
is it safe to use a painted material and submersing it in water?

wont there be any toxic effects to the tank inhabitants? Typically, people paint the outside, so there is no concern.

yeame
06/30/2006, 06:13 AM
the problem will come if you scratch the front of your tank you cant flip it aroundto the clear side

jasper24
06/30/2006, 06:17 AM
Most folks use Krylon Fusion. Works great. Do a couple of light coats.

Cellenzweig
06/30/2006, 06:37 AM
Krylon Fusion worked well for me.

moosejac
06/30/2006, 08:16 AM
diddo on the Fusion. Other paints can flake or chip off, but the Fusion actually "bonds" to the glass or acrylic

marines
06/30/2006, 10:20 AM
well i was thinking about spray painting my over flow box, just to tint it up to prevent unwanted algae growth.

theop
06/30/2006, 10:22 AM
^ Things painted with krylon are ok to use in the tank once dry. I wait about 48 hrs to ensure the paint is completely dry.

I've done this with PVC in my tanks but know of others who have painted powerheads, etc. I am not sure how well it bonds to acrylic but it should work ok.

swegyptian
06/30/2006, 11:41 AM
I would never paint a tank. It's not worth the hassle and fuss. Go to a vinyl sign shop, and but enough vinyl to cover the back of the tank. It will look perfect, won't scratch or chip off, and you can change it without having to razor blade the back of your tank.

theop
06/30/2006, 12:01 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=7658746#post7658746 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by swegyptian
I would never paint a tank. It's not worth the hassle and fuss. Go to a vinyl sign shop, and but enough vinyl to cover the back of the tank. It will look perfect, won't scratch or chip off, and you can change it without having to razor blade the back of your tank.

Have you done this before?

I am curious how much it costs (say per sq ft) and how you attach the vinyl to the glass (? spray adhesive).

whalloper
07/01/2006, 10:30 AM
used FUSION on my oceanic - still goin strong!

rdmpe
07/01/2006, 10:40 AM
IMO don't spray paint the back glass. Just roll on some interior latex paint of your desired color. It's about 1000 times easier than spraying. No need to mask, no overspray, totally even coating, one or two coats is all you need. Can be peeled off later if you want to change it or whatever. I've done both spray and roll, and roll on is the way to go IME.

Spray paint IS the way to go for pvc and in-tank items though.

xtrstangx
07/01/2006, 10:41 AM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=7656360#post7656360 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by Bebo77
i am sure krylon makes some special paint... alot of people "paint" or roll it on...

Krylon Fusion.. Its made for glass/plastics.

conchead
07/01/2006, 03:45 PM
1/8 inch plexiglass painted and taped to the back of the tank will work.

HartfordWhalers
07/01/2006, 09:09 PM
yeah i had plexiglass