Background paint for marine tank

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  1. Blade786

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    Hi,

    can someone please tell me what paint the pet shops use for their marine tank backgrounds, i want to paint mine the same blue.

    Please help! want to paint my tank tomorrow!

    Thanks,
     
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  3. scubaninja

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    I painted my tank's back with a gloss enamel. It runs a bit so the tank must lie flat on its face, but after it dries its perfect!
     
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    Blade786 Thread Starter

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    Thanks @scubaninja,

    can you perhaps tell me what colour blue it is?
     
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    um, a nice blue? lol i dunno, i went black. For me blue looks better on the bigger tanks, black on the smaller. PM viper and ask him what shade he used here, this is the best blue IMO. What do you think?
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  7. SIMS

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    I found black was better. I used a glatex 2 part paint. Worked very well.
     
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    Most paints won't form a proper chemical bond with the glass. This means that over time, with thermal expansion and contraction and other forces, the paint will peel off. We had the glass splashback to our stove recently painted by a company in Montague Gardens called Cohesion Interiors. They use a special system which etches the glass so the paint bonds properly. Colourkote | Website

    My preference is to use a piece of ABS plastic that fits inside the tank and is removable. You can remove it and clean it relatively easily by comparison to scraping the back wall, IMO.
     
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    ^^Awesome Idea^^

    I used super laykold pond sealer on one of my smaller tanks to see how it does. Not too bad....
     
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    Hi Pope G,
    Did you paint the inside of your tank or the outside?
    This may seem a silly question, but curious.
    Cheers
     
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    OUTSIDE ALWAYS IMO

    I just reembered I used glatex 8 - it forms like a rubber layer over the glass.
     
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    i used a can spray called FORD BLUE , got it from the local spares shop. The only downside to painting it blue is that you have to keep it clean / free of algae / coralline. If not it kinda defeats the purpose.
     
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    i heard that that can leaks oil:razz:
     
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    use stick on vynal available in all shades of blue u choose
     
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    I use 'Pebble chip' that is available from most automotive paint shops. It is water based but sticks well to most surfaces and I think it comes in all basic colors. I also used it on my cryptic zone filter and if applied with a sponge roller it leaves an interesting texture.
     
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    can anyone tell me what colour this is? really like it and wanna paint mine the same or similair.

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    getn the standard G116 midnight blue enamel paint from plascon, it is pretty simular to this colour if you take the light illuminating it into consideration..
     
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    Just reading this and thinking of the person who 1st sanded the glass then primed it and then painted it, to realise he could only see the scratches and primer from the inside...... who was that now?
     
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    ha ha im not sure but that was hilarious :)
     
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    lol, thanks for all the input guys! really appreciate it, i manged to find a colour i liked, will post a pic tomorrow.
     
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    I used standard spray can, but i used black, then to stop it from peeling i stuck clear packing tape over the paint once it dried to protect it, its fine cos no one can see behind the tank
     
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