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    painting the back of the tank.

    Hi,
    I'm planning my next tank and looking for a better way to paint it.
    my current tank, I just painted the back with a blue latex paint. .. but as soon as i rub it a bit.. paint falls off.

    what can i do to make it stick better.. better paint ? oil based ? is there any paint designed to addere to glass better?
    glass paint ??
    I do not want the same problem on the next tank.

    one good thing about the latex paint is that its real easy to remove.. it just peals off..lol

    lemme know what u guys/gals did or any suggestions.

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    I was discussing this with my husband (planning a nano) because I've read that with painting it with krylon (sp?) or latex paints you have to be careful of getting water on it cause it will chip.
    When I'm ready I'm going to look into a specific glass paint because I'd rather spend the extra to be sure that it won't chip and look like crap.
    That or buy the plastic stuff at the LFS and glue it on.

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    After explaining what i was painting this is what the store suggested. I painted the back of my tank, with an interior melamine paint, its washable and durable, works great.

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    Originally posted by slykat
    After explaining what i was painting this is what the store suggested. I painted the back of my tank, with an interior melamine paint, its washable and durable, works great.
    Really! Hmm interesting. I have something that's melamine and I looked into painting it and they told me I'd have to put this (don't ask the product) stuff on it first (special pre-paint stuff for melamine) and then take a special floater to make it rough, then paint it. Because melamine is so smooth nothing sticks and the pre-paint & floater give you a surface the paint will stick to.
    I'd figure glass would have the same problem!?

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    why not just tape that plastic paper to the back of the tank?

    and while on the subject, what do you guys prefer more? the black background or the blue? i am still deciding what color to do on my new tank.
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    I went with a blue background,and used a oil paint.the oil paint will not flake off as this is used in kitchens n bathrooms.

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    I painted the back of the tank with good ol' Tremclad. Paint did not chip or rub off cleaned. It has been there for almost two years. I used black paint because I prefer it to blue but that's a mater of opinion I guess.

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    hmm.. tremclad is definitly oil based.. thx for all the awnsers.. I'll try tonight with the paint i got handy on a piece of glass..
    i'll check which one is best...

    problem with such a paint is that it is super-saturated and can't be changed colors by adding the dies.. so i'll possibly have to buy two cans and mix.. or make a mix from a base.

    moving.. so temporarily out of SW :b8:
    planning next tank, possibly 60x30x20 on 2x plasma.
    updated: 2011/05/30

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    Originally posted by ALRHA
    why not just tape that plastic paper to the back of the tank?

    and while on the subject, what do you guys prefer more? the black background or the blue? i am still deciding what color to do on my new tank.
    I've been thinking if I should glue or use a double-sided tape? The problem with tape is after a while it tends to start letting go, it's easier but it would be a pain when I'd have to redo it.

    I prefer a med-dark blue.

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    ya.. i currently have a rather pale blue.. like sky blue..
    i love the blue.. but next tank will go dark blue..

    i dont like the look of those fake backgrounds.. thats why i'm painting.. and dont want the white wall behind either..

    moving.. so temporarily out of SW :b8:
    planning next tank, possibly 60x30x20 on 2x plasma.
    updated: 2011/05/30

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