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The black film in the image below is the product that I'm using on my current build that is still in progress... BDF Film is a nice thick film that is easy to work with. I definitely recommend this product! I just cut it about an inch long in each direction and trim to fit with a straight edge and a FRESH single-edge razor blade after squeegee-ing (probably not a real word!?!?!).
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Vinyl is the way to go. No paint stink, dry time and easy to change things up. I have seen tanks that used a frosted vinyl like you would use on a bathroom window for privacy and that is probably the route I will take when I set up the next tank.
I used to use vinyl and the only thing I don’t like is if you bump it- it dings really easy and you have a lot of light bleed through. When I paint over the ding, the new paint (although the same) is slightly different color which bugs me. I guess because it’s fresh.
I’ve used film to cover the back a few times and it bubbled and moisture got back there over time.
So lately I’ve been using oil based exterior paint with a fine roller and it applies like a dream and is a lot harder to ding or come off. There’s no light bleed through and it doesn’t come off ever. You just need to prep the area by cleaning it with alcohol or acetone and then tape it off with edge-lock painters tape.