Mini Graphics Fitting Guide

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Mini Graphics Fitting Guide2018-06-16T23:11:49+00:00

APPLICATION TECHNICAL GUIDELINES
FOR WET APPLICATION OF VINYL GRAPHICS

Technical Data and General Notice

Type Acrylic permanent
Min. Application. Temp. +10°C
Service Temp. -30°C/+120°C
Shear Medium
Tack 6/inch²
Final Adhesion 9 N/inch²

For medium to long term vehicle graphics. 5-7 years minimum outdoor durability. Durability is given in good faith based on simulated weathering tests and real life vertical exposure in non-extreme mid-European conditions.

The room temperature and temperature of the car must be between 50°F (10°C) and 95°F (35°C).
Portable heaters may be used to adjust the cars surface temperature. Heat guns are suitable for small surfaces.
Do not use hot water or steam for this purpose, as the humidity may lead to the vinyl lifting off the surface.

The entire car surface has to be thoroughly cleaned before applying the adhesive decal, even if it may look clean. All wax or paint protection solutions must be removed for the vinyl to adhere to the surface, failure to do this could cause the vinyl not to stick properly to the car.

The working area must be clean and be of an adequate temperature to guarantee optimum application of the vinyl.

Do not apply vinyl graphics on bodywork that has recently been resprayed, leave 3-4 weeks before applying graphics.

Recommended Tools

• Scissors
• Tape Measure
• Wax pencil for marking centre points
• Spray Bottle or a bottle that can give a mist
• Plastic Squeegee
• Hair dryer or heat gun with adjustable temperature control

Remember that once vinyl touches the surface it will stick immediately, and cannot be lifted again or re-positioned, unless the sticky side is wet.
ALSO: MAKE SURE THE BACKING PAPER IS KEPT DRY AND AWAY FROM WATER AT ALL TIMES, ONLY THE VINYL NEEDS TO BE WET!

Fitting

• Make sure you have all of the tools you will require before you start i.e. a spray bottle filled with cold water capable of issuing a fine mist, the plastic squeegee we supplied with your graphics, a clean, dry cloth, hairdryer or heat gun capable of running at a temperature of 50°C or less, masking tape (just in case!) and a craft knife, scissors in order to trim any graphics (if needed)*

• Fill the spray bottle with water.

• Make sure the area where the graphics are being fitted are clean and free of dust, dirt, polish and wax.

• Turn the graphic upside down, and gently peel the backing paper away from the sticky application tape, the sticky application tape should have the vinyl attached to it.

• As you are peeling it away, have someone start to spray the water on to the vinyl, this will aid you when putting the vinyl on to your sign as the vinyl will be able to be moved about to make sure it is level, you can spray it as often as you require, but once the water evaporates or runs off, the vinyl will become very tacky again.

• Make sure it is level or in line with the desired layout.

• Once in place, use a squeegee to press the graphic in to place and squeeze out the excess water and bubbles, start from the centre and work towards the outside edges, when applying graphics wet, they can take a good hour to dry and become tacky, but the more you squeegee, the quicker the process will be, after a short time you should be able to start lifting the application tape off once dry (you can wet the application tape to aid removal) from the vinyl leaving it in place, if the vinyl still comes away with the tape then there is still water behind it, so you will need to squeegee again and leave it for a while to dry completely.

• Continue this process until all of the graphics are fitted.

• Once you have removed all application tape, look closely at your vinyl, if you see any bubbles, you can use a squeegee to push them out, and any stubborn bubbles can be popped with a pin or needle and the air squeezed out.

Moulding to curves
(Viper Stripes & Full Roof graphics)

This is only possible with a very confident vinyl fitter, however if your fitting a graphic supplied by us to a vehicle & have “fingers” where there are curves you can heat gently using a hair dryer (or a heat gun with a low setting). Gently heat & mould your graphic around the curve. A small amount of shrinkage & stretching will be required but most of all – take your time.

Finishing touches

Use a craft knife to trim around door handles, indicators once the graphic has had time to dry.

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