Painting the back of tanks | The Octopus News Magazine Online
  • Thanks for visiting! TONMO is the world's greatest online cephalopod enthusiast community, with interactive content going back to May of 2000, and a biennial conference. If you'd like to join in on the fun, become a TONMO member -- it's easy and free. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more cephy goodness.

Painting the back of tanks

iAlex

Vampyroteuthis
Registered
Joined
Aug 31, 2010
Messages
436
#1
I want to paint the back of my newest tank black, but not sure what kind of paint would be best for something like this? Also, I'd love to see someones tank who has done this. :)
 

DWhatley

Certified Ceph Head For Life
Staff member
Moderator
Joined
Sep 4, 2006
Messages
20,001
Location
Gainesville, GA
#2
Check out Monty's Scavenger Tank, second paragraph under Tank. I don't remember if I used Krylon's Fusion or Rustoleum's equivalent (I don't think there is a lot of difference) but it was one or the other and is made to fuse to plastic. It has been painted since October and is holding up well but does not get rough treatment.
 

Joe-Ceph

Haliphron Atlanticus
Supporter
Joined
Sep 25, 2006
Messages
555
#3
Krylon Fusion has a reputation for being reef safe, and adhering well, so it is great for painting things that will go into the water, but I've wondered if it would be better to look for a paint that I can easily peel or scrape off some day if I want to. I know that some latex paints sometimes peel off in large sections (generally considered a bad thing). It would be worth looking into alternatives if you think you might want to "un-paint" the tank some day.

Do people prefer a flat black, or a gloss black? I've only seen gloss, and it looks a little unnatural, even distracting. Flat black might be much better, or much worse looking; any opinions?
 

CaptFish

Colossal Squid
Staff member
Moderator
Joined
Jul 9, 2009
Messages
2,833
Location
South Florida
#4
flat black, or a gloss black? I've only seen gloss,
its not that the pait is glossy it's that the paint is on the outside of the glass, the glass is making it appear glossy.

Roys tanks have flat black backgrounds. but I'm not sure what he uses.

I have two of my tanks with blue instead of black. and two with black backgrounds, and three with no backgrounds. i like the blue the best, it appears to add more dimension.
 

cadre

Blue Ring
Registered
Joined
Jun 14, 2011
Messages
34
#5
I used krylon fusion on my last build and it worked really well. You can still scrape it off with a razor if you need to. The last tank I tried to scrape had latex paint and it was still a pain so I don't think spray paint is an issue.

If you painted the inside of the tank you could get a matte finish but you would have a hard time cleaning it without scraping off paint.
 

Joe-Ceph

Haliphron Atlanticus
Supporter
Joined
Sep 25, 2006
Messages
555
#6
Does anybody have a suggestion for a paint for the outside back of an acrylic tank? Both a removable and a permanent option would be great to know about.
 

CaptFish

Colossal Squid
Staff member
Moderator
Joined
Jul 9, 2009
Messages
2,833
Location
South Florida
#7

cadre

Blue Ring
Registered
Joined
Jun 14, 2011
Messages
34
#8
I don't think there are any removable options for painting acrylic but you could use the plastic film and there is a product out there that's supposed to seal it to your tank (supposedly it works well and is removable). I can't remember the name though.
 

Joe-Ceph

Haliphron Atlanticus
Supporter
Joined
Sep 25, 2006
Messages
555
#9
In the same way that silicone won't adhere well to acrylic, I wonder if interior latex paint won't adhere well to acrylic. I've seen interior latex paint peel off in large sheets from surfaces that, for whatever reason, the paint did not adhere well to. I should try some on a piece of acrylic to see what happens.
 

Members online

Monty Awards

TONMOCON IV: Terri
TONMOCON V: Jean
TONMOCON VI: Taollan
TONMOCON VII: ekocak

About the Monty Awards