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    Paint.. too many opinions

    Should probably start a poll for this...
    What do you use for painting your tank? (Need to do mine tomorrow)
    Looking for paint products only. Cheers All!:b16:
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    I did 2-3 tanks with "Tremclad" flat black.
    Always been happy with the result,plus it does not wash off with water.
    I used a small paint roller,3 coats and it's done.If you ever get tired of the black background it comes off easy with a razor blade(the ones to scrape off).

    Good luck!

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    Thanks AttiTude! The remove tip is good to know!
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    Another vote for Tremclad. Of the three that I've done, light blue, dark blue and black, the black looked best to me. It'll take a couple of coats to get it completely uniform. HTH.

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    i used a 100% acrylic latex paint, has the same properties as the Tremclad ( stays on when wet and comes off with a scraper ) but is doesn't stink, can be mixed in any color, is easy to clean up and you can apply 3 or 4 coats in one day. ( 4 hour dry time )

    if you have to work from behind the tank ( built in / in wall ) then using limo tint from Canadian Tire is another great option.


    i agree with the other, that black looks the best IMO. the color shouldn't matter that much because hopefully the back glass will be covered in coralline algae in a year or so :b16:
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    I had trouble with latex paint on the tank.. so I used tremclad on my current tank. ( Black )

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

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    Agree Tremclad rust paint in flat black has worked just fine for me. Spray painted many a tank outdoors in my day. You can also use white paint on the bottom pane if you go BB.

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    Quote Originally Posted by liv View Post
    I had trouble with latex paint on the tank..

    come on you can't do this to me..... now i need to know what can go wrong?? :b16:
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    basically, the saltwater schewed up all the paint. so I went with tremclad and didn't look back.

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

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    here's what I used: Acrylic craft paint from Walmart. At 1-2$ a bottle it's a pretty good deal. I used 2 bottles for my 65g. You can mix colours too if you want.
    The bottle looks like this picture but that's most likely not the brand that I got :b16:

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    29g - with stuff ;-)
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