My fiancé suggests window tinting the background (limousine dark tint) of my new aquarium.
I’m not sure how I feel about it. I’m concerned it won’t be matte dark enough. I don’t want to see through it at all. AND, don’t both sides of the glass need to be tinted? Is the tinting toxic?
If anyone has experience with this please let me know and show me a pic! Thank you much.
Paint does not hold very well on glass, so put to piece you ant to paint horizontal, and obviously, paint the outside. Assume the paint is toxic (I don't know for certain) but put on the outside it won't harm.
However, it could be that "limousine tinting" is not a color. If it is a foil, use it on the outside without any harmfull effect. I once painted a tank in thick and thin paint, some places one could almost look through. This did not work, seeing the paint from the side ot the lights, I just saw the color.
Therefore I would assume a dark foil which one can look through, will appear dark. Still, I would thing paint is a lot less expensive then foil, and most likely easier to apply
Fortunately for me the tinting will not cost me anything. My fiancé is having one of his car buddy connections do it. I will take photos once it’s done. I’m hoping it comes out the way I’m hoping.
I have painted aquarium backgrounds and other materials related to aquariums, plastic and metal.
1) Surface must be clean and dry. I wire brushed the metal, then sanded. I used a fine sand cloth on PVC, just enough to degloss it. Other plastic (a couple of the rims), and the glass, I just cleaned.
2) Mask. I was using spray paint on most of these, so did a really good job of masking.
3) Spray, using several thin coats with waiting in between. Read the label on the product you are using.
One time someone painted a tank for me with a paint that was supposed to make a sort of 'crackle' finish. It smelled horrid, and did not stick well to the glass. Some of it started peeling off within a week, and by about a year it was pretty much all gone. The effect was not very noticeable when the tank was planted, either.
Looking forward to seeing your window tinted tank.
Happy fish keeping!
My fiancé, who calls my aquarium the 120 gallon headache, also wants to make sure not only that I’m happy with the job, but also, as you said, the aquarium doesn’t peel. He said you paid all that for the nice tank and now you’re going to paint it?? And then it’s going to peel! And on and on... Soooo, for that reason, it’s getting tinted. And if one coat of the darkest tint looks “eh”, it will get coated again. Yes I will show pics of it before water and after. I hope the darkness comes through strong enough like aquarium plastic background that is wet and it pops with color. Ya know what I mean, right?
In a darkened car, there´s more light outside than inside. The light further comes from outside
In a tank, the tank is brighter than the wall behind it, and the light comes from above, going to the wall. Regardless any transparancy in the foil, no light is coming in and therefore no shapes of anything outside the tank will be seen.
Is there any chance of seeing the result? I am rather curious
Happy fish keeping!
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