What paint?

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  1. Keanan

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    Hi guys

    Just want to find out whats the best paint to use to paint the back pane of my tank?
    Wanting to go blue. Something not too expensive please.
    I priced the Durapond that Viper recommended in Manic's thread but was a bit pricey at R190 for 1L. The guy at the store recommended another
    product that was also fish or pond safe(cant remember the name) at R70 for 1L but it does not come in blue.

    Thanks
     
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    Why not fit an ABS plastic sheet. About 70 to 80 bucks at Maizey. It is 1600*800 and 0.9mm thick. Cut to size and put it behind the tank. Easy as that. If needed you can easily remove it to inspect the backside of the tank.

    A lot easier...

    I use black.
     
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    if the tank is running i would consider a water based enamel called pearlglo from dulux, i have it tinted to either G116 midnight blue (which is a plascon standard colour) or use black.

    it is water based so no harmful fumes = no toxic vapour.

    alternitivley the ABS sheeting works well aswell.
     
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    Thanks guys.

    I was looking at ABS sheeting first but can't find it anywhere in my area(Mitchells Plain) or anywhere close by. Haven't tried Maizey yet as they a bit far out but will see if I can get a chance.

    Les, the tank is not running yet, still need to give it a clean and need to get the pluming. Hopefully in the next two weeks.
     
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    A good enamel. Black or blue, depending on what you fancy and clean the back glass well to remove all dirt so the paint sticks
     
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    Thanks, I'll see what I can find at campwell hardware now.
     
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    I checked for the pearlglo, it was cheaper at R145 for 1L but they never had blue only white and black.

    Can I use spray paint and which one/make should I use?
     
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    you can spray but adhesion is not that great. if it comes into contact with salt creep i find it comes off very quickly one of the reasons is that if there is any dust settlement it prohibits the paint from attaching. for this purpose roller/brush application is better as it actually mixes any dust into the paint as you are applying it.

    i also tend to believe the sprays first layer is too powdery and too soft so the subsequent layers will only be as good as the adhesion of the first one applied.

    i say roller or brush apply.
     
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    Then a brush/roller it will be. Had no luck finding pearlglo in blue(only white and black) so would have to mix it myself.
     
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    ask them to mix for you, any shop should have a colour match machine?
     
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    Thanks Les. Will do that.
     
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    Thanks, but I don't know when I'll be out that side, that's why I'm leaning more towards painting it.
     
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    dude if you want to paint it and you are having a hard time with the shop give me their number and i will phone and explain what you looking for to them
     
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    thats a good idea aswell and cheap (like R50) to do.

    excellent suggestion
     
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    Thanks guys.:thumbup:

    Les, the place I went to was campwell hardware they only had the pearlglo in black and white. Unfortunately they don't do mixing of paint. The second shop had basically nothing(one wouldn't say it's a hardware store) and the third did not stock it. The problem living in mitchells plain or like some people like to call it, mitchells complain:whistling:, you can never find anything here.

    Was also told to use something similar(if not the same) by the sales person BUT they only sell it in 30m rolls and at +-R300.

    Anyone know where I can find this in CT?
     
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    I just found some enamel paint at builders and used it for my tank. It was around R130 for 1L.
     
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    Manic which paint was it?
     
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    Dulux Gloss Enamel. They had lots of colours, including blue. It is safe to paint on the outside of the tank, not the inside.
     
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