This simple guide will help you when applying your vinyl graphics. However, the key to success is to ensure that you don't rush!!!
Vinyl graphic application is recommended in temperatures of between 16ºC to 26ºC. If possible, apply graphics indoors to help control temperatures as well as reduce the amount of wind and dust you have to contend with. The room and surface temperature can greatly impact your application. A higher temperature will make the film softer and more pliable, but also makes the adhesive more aggressive and "grabby" which certainly isn't helpful and can lead to pre-tack and increased stretching if you try to reposition the film. Lower temperatures will make the film more rigid and brittle and reduce the tack of the adhesive. Applying in either of these extremes can make your application more difficult.
Things you will need:
• Suitable cleaning fluids and lint-free cloths (IPA - Isopropyl alcohol or methylated spirit works best)
• Tape measure / ruler
• Masking tape
• Suitable squeegee
Step 1: Ensure the surface is clean. It is vital that all surfaces are clean and free from grease, wax, dust and dirt etc.. There are many cleaning solutions available which will do the job. The best procedure is to clean with a detergent followed by a light clean with a methylated spirit, or IPA (Isopropyl Alcohol) to remove any wax or tar Always check the solvent won't harm the surface before applying in any great quantity.
|Step 2: Use masking tape to hold the graphic in position while you measure, and adjust the position of the graphic until it is straight and square (or however it needs to be). Measure the actual graphic and not the application paper / pre-mask as this may not be cut exactly square!!|