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    painting backgrounds

    When painting a background on the tank which paint to use?

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    I used acrylic Latex on the back of my tank but some prefer oil based and therefore water proof products.
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    I used 3 coats of Colors in Plastic Melamine paint in dark blue. I got it at the local Home Hardware. I found that using those cheap sponge type brushes worked way better than a roller.
    If my wife asks, it was only $20.

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    I used acrylic laytex for my 90.

    Problems encoutnered:

    Even tho you spread on an even layer, as it dries, lines will appear as if a dog came and scratched it, you will need to do several coats. (My experience on 2 tanks).

    Pro's:

    If you want to take it off, it peels off easily
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    I've also used acrylic Latex with no problems.

    Hey Flip, if you use a roller instead of a brush you won't get those paint lines
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    Quote Originally Posted by gophia
    I've also used acrylic Latex with no problems.

    Hey Flip, if you use a roller instead of a brush you won't get those paint lines
    ok ok :P, but the first layer I put on I sort of... dabbed the paint around. I didn't swish swosh it. Anyways roller or sponge should do, but the roller might take off quite a bit of paint.
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    If you use Melamine you do not get any streak lines from brushes or rollers because it dries much slower and spreads more evenly. People on reef central have stated that their tanks painted with a Melamine or equivalent paint have not had any paint cracks in the ten years since. I tried the Latex first and peeled it off because you just cant get the same even coverage that you get with an enamel finish.

    Either one is fine and to tell you the truth the Melamine paint has to be done outside or in the garage because it is very strong smelling.
    If my wife asks, it was only $20.

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    220 Gal Mostly SPS Reef, 66 gal sump with refuge, 33 gal refugium, Gen-X Mak-5 Return, 3 x IceCap 250 MH, 2 x 110 VHO, Deltec APF600 Skimmer and a Deltec AP-600, Geo 6-18 Calcium Reactor, 2 x Tunze Stream 6100, Profilux Plus II EX Controller.

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    Laytex paint is not the stuff they used at aquarium places. The stuff the stores uses coats on thin, but gets really hard while laytex stays soft. Good thing is tho that you can peel it off easily (in my case, im selling my tank so I can just peel it off b/c the buyer wouldn't want it).
    10.G Nano Reef
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    I used crafters paint, available at..you guessed it...Craft stores (ie. Michaels).
    It goes on easy, dries fast and is super easy to remove.
    and its cheap.
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    Patrick.
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