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60g: Black vinyl applied

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Tonight, I applied the black vinyl sheet to the back of the 60g. The back pane of the tank is 24" wide and 24" tall, and the piece of vinyl was larger than that.

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I cleaned the back of the tank with Windex and newspaper since that doesn't leave lint or smudges. Next, a spray bottle was filled up with tap water with a drop of Dawn dish detergent. I sprayed the back of the tank to get the entire surface wet.

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After peeling off the paper backing to expose the sticky side, I sprayed down the vinyl. With the glass and the vinyl wet, the piece can be moved around and positioned exactly where it needs to be.

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Here it is, just placed on the back of the tank. Air bubbles and slight wrinkles are normal.

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Using a credit card, I worked the top edge first, then made a full pass down the center. Then using the plastic card from the center, I smoothed outwards to smooth out the vinyl and force out any trapped air. Some liquid came out the edges as well as along the bottom.

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All that was left to do was trim the edges, since the panes have chamfered edges. I don't want the vinyl to have any spots where it could peel off, so cutting away the excess leaves the vinyl only on the glass where it has been adhered. The first picture shows where I started.

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That's it. It will cure for the next few days, but that doesn't affect setting up the tank. Nice clean background.

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The next step is going to involve securing some wood to the stand so it won't rack. It's a little bit concerning to me, and I want to make sure it will be safe and sturdy.

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  1. Midnight's Avatar
    Marc, you could just anchor the stand to the wall to keep it from racking. I guess it depends on whether you want to be able to use the space or not.
  2. melev's Avatar
    I probably will do that regardless. I just think it may need two sides covered with (marine) board or similar to lock it down tight.
  3. Aquarius Marinus's Avatar
    Marc, where did you get your vinyl? I've been having a tough time finding it in larger than 12" widths.
  4. melev's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Aquarius Marinus
    Marc, where did you get your vinyl? I've been having a tough time finding it in larger than 12" widths.
    BlueLife USA sells larger sheets, and you can get it from a sign making company as well. 12" wide by how long (did you find)?
  5. Aquarius Marinus's Avatar
    The ones that I found were 12" widths sold by the yard (no maximum was given).
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  7. melev's Avatar
    There you go!
  8. Aquarius Marinus's Avatar
    I did a search for "Oracal 651" from your first picture! Thanks!