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Old 12-26-2005, 07:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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What is the best way to make a black background for a tank? Is it to just run over to the pet store and buy the black poster? Would some type of black paint work too or is that a bad idea?

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Black vinyl paint's good... You could also head down to most art supply shops and see if they've got black vinyl stickers. They usually come in rolls. Just buy that, trim to size and stick it onto the back of the tank.
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Black vinyl paint's good... You could also head down to most art supply shops and see if they've got black vinyl stickers. They usually come in rolls. Just buy that, trim to size and stick it onto the back of the tank.
Would the black vinyl paint come off if I ever wanted to change the color?
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Yeah, but it's kind of a pain and its hard to razor it all off without putting a scratch or two into the tank. That said, its pretty maintainence free.
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I used black fabric and just tape to onto the back, just find a heavy fabric so that you can see through it
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I find that a couple of coats of black spray paint works really well. I find that razor-ing it off is fun
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Black trash bag to save money and time.
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I use black felt from the local craft store. Really inexpensive and jet black.
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Ace Hardware and black contact paper or shelf liner. Make sure you get out all the air bubbles. If later you don't like the black background it peals right off.
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Stores that sell acrylic sheeting should have black abs in 1/16 or 1/32. Have them cut it to size for you. One side is gloss and the other is matte.
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