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I got a question about backrounds.How does one install one and make it look good.The ones I am talking about are the tape on sheet style that you buy at your LFS.I thought I read a thread about a method using oil but cant find it.Anyone got any info about this method.?.Thanx............
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That is what I used. I spread out the background on my table and spread a little veggie oil on it with a paper towel. Just enough so it was coated but not dripping. Then I put the background on the back of the tank (no tape necessary) and smoothed out the bubbles with a shower squeegee. It looks great but I am dreading the clean up if I ever need to take it off.
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Vaseline works as well using the same technique...

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1. Cut the background to size.
2. Lay the tank on the front face.
3. Spread the background over it, and have a handy spouse hold it in place.
4. Attach background with packaging tape.
5. Put the oil on your salad where it belongs!

I personally don't like the thought of cleaning oil off a tank. Just my suggestion.
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I like black backgrounds so i just used a garbage bag and some tape.
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I paint the backs of all of my tanks black..
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well here is an idea i picked up somewhere .. not sure where but i have a head full of them.. anyways.. try using a soap/water mix in a spray bottle just wet the glass with this, and apply the backing, and rub out any bubbles that are under it... , the water evaporates, and leaves a little soap under the sheet, but it drys, and acts as a glue sort of, and when you go to remove it it will clean nicley.. well just typing this made me remember where i saw it.. glass tinters use this trick to apply tinting to windows, and it works great.. it can be slid around to adjust it to where you want it , and will stay there untill dry.... good luck....
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I paint the backs of all of my tanks black..
Me too, including the bottom. I cover the back to protect it from scratches, since the paint is easy to remove/scratch.
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instead of using oil,ever tried water instead? i pasted mine on using water?
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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-21-2006, 07:15 PM Thread Starter
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Thanx......lots of good ideas.Appreciate it...
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