Our premium quality vinyl is self-adhesive and ready-to-apply. View or download our installation instructions below. If you need additional assistance, email info@aquariumvinyl.com before beginning.

Instructions for Installation


Your Vinyl

Your aquarium vinyl graphic is composed of 2 layers:

  • The self-adhesive vinyl print (your graphic)

  • Adhesive backing (to be peeled off for application)

Also included is a vinyl "test square" and a smoothing squeegee for graphic application.

***We strongly recommend using these instructions to practice on the "test square" first before moving on to the main product installation.***

Note: all vinyl backgrounds and decals should be installed on the OUTSIDE of your tank. Do NOT install any vinyl products on the inside of your tank.



Hardware & Prep.

Clean work surface of all debris with a dampened washcloth & dry thoroughly. Make sure all obstructive hardware is removed. For best results, install on the outside of an empty tank and allow to sit for 24 hours before filling the tank.

Arrange all hardware for easy access:

  • Vinyl Graphic

  • Application Squeegee

  • Masking Tape (Not Included)

  • Scissors, Razor Blade, or Exacto Knife (Not Included)



1. Anchoring

With the help of a friend, place the graphic (with the unpeeled adhesive backing towards the application surface) in the application area and align the corners.

Using a strip of masking tape (pink), anchor the graphic in the center.

NOTE: If you do not have a rimless tank, plan to simply apply the excess vinyl over the tank’s frame or (optional) carefully cut away the excess vinyl at the END of the application process.



2. Trim Backing

(A) Carefully peel back the vinyl print from the adhesive backing (blue) of one side.

(B) Trim adhesive backing up to the tape, taking care not to cut the graphic.



3. Apply Vinyl

(A)-(B) While holding the now exposed graphic by the edge, use the included squeegee to slowly work the adhesive side onto the work surface. Vinyl should be applied in controlled, even strokes to minimize bubbling or wrinkling.

NOTE: In the event of a bubble, don’t panic! Simply use a pin to pierce the bubble, and use the squeegee to gently push the air out, flattening the vinyl.



4. Repeat Application

(A) With one side applied, remove masking tape strip (pink) and peel back the graphic. Remove the remaining adhesive backing (Blue).

(B) Repeat Step 3 to apply the remaining vinyl print.

OPTIONAL: If you have a rimmed tank and wish to remove the excess vinyl (rather than leaving it applied to the frame), you can now carefully cut away the excess vinyl using a razor blade or exacto knife.



5. Success! Your vinyl graphic is installed and ready for action!

We’d love to see it! Email us a photo at info@aquariumvinyl.com, or share it with us on social media, and get a 10% off next purchase.




Photo Gallery of Application Process