Painting Behind an Aquarium

by Cassandra
I would like to paint a wall that is currently the home of a 90 gallon aquarium with a large cabinet stand. It covers most of the wall so I could just paint around it and it wouldn't be noticable from straight on. But, a side view shows the wall behind it, and that is the view guests see as they walk in our front door. Anyone have experience painting behind an immovable piece of furniture?
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  • Dana Wyz Dana Wyz on Dec 03, 2016
    Buy a Swiffer Sweeper with the disposable pads. Yeah. THAT one. Slip a sock over the rubberized pad and dip slightly into paint that has been poured into a paint pan. The head not only will fit, but swivel when necessary. and.........................NO MESS TO CLEAN UP.

  • William William on Dec 03, 2016
    I use a small thin roller with an extension. Drape newspaper on the back of the aquarium and cabinet so not to get paint on them. I've done this painting behind radiators. Also drape some folded paper to cover the baseboard, carpet, and tape on each side to hold it in place. You can also try to cover the outlet with tape.

  • Diana Deiley Diana Deiley on Dec 03, 2016
    I'm with William. I use the same process, small thin roller with a long handle to paint behind toilets, so I know this will work for you. You can cover your tank with a large trash bag and easily remove it when you're done. Best of luck.

    • Duitch Sloane Duitch Sloane on Dec 06, 2016
      William is right. They make very small diameter rollers for behind and between radiators, and spindles on stairwells, etc.
      One suggestion - remove your light/filter cords to the side temporarily, and either tape large sheets of paper (newspaper will work but it's messy) to the back of the aquarium and you'll have an easy time for clean up.

  • Mrs4549100 Mrs4549100 on Dec 07, 2016
    Use a slim paint roller with an extension handle. Wrap the aquarium & stand with plastic wrap or clear wrap used to move. This protects while allowing you to paint. Used same trick to paint behind a toilet.

  • Shawna Bailey Shawna Bailey on Dec 07, 2016
    Hi, if a thin roller fits behind that's great if not I have carefully painted behind immovable plumbing features (and radiators) using a radiator paintbrush. A non angled one was also good to have on hand.

  • Nancy D'Amico Carpenter Nancy D'Amico Carpenter on Dec 07, 2016
    Hi.....I had 9 55 gal tanks. The best thing I did was buy inexpensive mirrors and glues them on the back. Made the tanks look much bigger. Good Luck.

  • R Walter R Walter on Dec 07, 2016
    You could also glue a paint stir stick to a flat paint pad and use that to paint behind, not as thick as a roller and they have the long sticks for five gallon buckets.

  • Pamrwilson Pamrwilson on Dec 10, 2016
    Don't be so lazy. Siphon and empty the aquarium down to 4-5 inches and move away from the wall; cover so fumes don't bother the fish. Good time to clean the aquarium. Kill two fish with one stone so to speak. LOL

  • V Smith V Smith on Dec 18, 2017
    It looks like you could get a foam roller back there with an extension pole. That would take care of the wall. What about the trim?

  • Cassandra Cassandra on Dec 18, 2017
    Thanks. I was able to fit a roller back there....ironically this summer our house flooded and the floor needed replaced so we went through the work to move the whole aquarium. The wall and trim were painted then.

  • Dory Dory on Mar 15, 2020

    Do not attempt to move a tank with ANY amount of water in it. The tanks can't handle the lateral movement. Paint in place as recommended above.