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Our graphics are made from a
pressure sensitive vinyl that is cut
by computer. It is important that you follow these instructions to
get the best results.
To start off, we will describe the product. The graphics consist of three layers starting with a silicone-lined paper backing. The vinyl graphic is on top of this paper backing, then on top of this is the transfer tape.
To begin the installation, clean the location the graphics will be applied with a mild detergent and water to make sure there are no fingerprints on the surface. (We have found that glass cleaner with ammonia works very well.)
Make sure the temperature is at least 50 degrees to be sure that the graphics will stick.
If the temperature is not 50 the graphics will bubble up and not stick to the surface. Next, squeegee the transfer tape side of the graphic firmly. This is done to make sure that the vinyl will stick to the transfer tape.
Due to humidity, the vinyl may not stick well to the transfer tape.
If this happens install the graphics lower humidity to solve the problem. When installing the graphics, one may find that the adhesive on the vinyl is very aggressive and has very strong static cling. Therefore, we recommend for positioning ease using a solution of mild detergent and water or a commercial solution called RapidTac. If no positioning solution is used, the graphic could be pulled to the surface being applied to and stick very well causing a ruined graphic.
After the surface is clean, lightly spray the surface with the positioning solution making sure that the entire surface is wet. Then pull the transfer tape along with the graphic off of the paper backing. Next, line up the graphic on the surface and lightly place it on the surface. After verifying the graphic is in the correct location and perfectly flat on the surface, squeegee the graphic firmly several times to remove any air bubbles. However make sure not to push so hard to move the graphic while it is still wet.
If using positioning fluid is used leave the graphic alone for a while as the fluid dries behind the graphic itself.
Be sure at this time the temperature is still 50 degrees as the cold can cause expansion and contraction in the transfer tape and vinyl and can cause huge bubbles.
Once all of the positioning solution has dried, you can begin to remove the transfer tape from the vinyl. To do this, start at one of the corners of the transfer tape and pull lightly making sure not to pull up corners of the graphic. (If this happens put the transfer tape back down on the surface carefully and squeegee again and begin pulling again.)
There you have it.
One might possibly find some small bubbles in the surface of the vinyl. These can be removed by simply popping the bubble with a x-acto knife or a needle, and then working the air out with a finger or the squeegee. Some of the smaller bubbles may not be able to be removed with this process. If this is the case, just leave the surface in the sun to get baked on to the surface and they will be removed as the vinyl “breathes”. The air under the vinyl will be removed by expansion and contraction.
If there are any problems or questions about the installation, please do not hesitate to call us. We will be happy to answer any questions.
Thank you for your purchase and enjoy.
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