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    Posted by Robert Lambie on August 25, 2002 at 9:10 pm

    Over the last few months I have been using the 3M vehicle wrap vinyl.
    I found it to be excallent to work with due to the easy handling of the vinyl.
    It seems a pretty thick vinyl but at the same time conforms and stretches
    Beautifully when being applied.
    So, you can imagine my horror after being told by various sign fitters across the UK of
    The vinyl pulling from its recessed areas. At first I assumed it had been applied wet or incorrectly.
    I was assured it had not and the fitters in question had been applying vehicles in this manner for some time now.
    They inform me, it is not when the vinyl is being applied that the problem occurs but a month or so afterwards.
    I have to say I have not had any problems with the vehicles I have fitted myself. But thatโ€™s not to say it has not happened and I have not been notified of it. However, like I have said I have not had problems.
    A few days ago I spoke to someone about this problem and they informed me that the 3M-wrap material is actually a re-brand of another vehicle wrap make.
    They also said that this supplier of the wrap is aware of the problem with the vinyl and already have or are about to rectify the problem. Here hopes if this rumour is true..That it will be SORTED quickโ€ฆ

    anyone heard of this happening elsewhere?

    Martin Pearson replied 21 years, 11 months ago 3 Members · 5 Replies
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    August 26, 2002 at 12:43 am

    No But 3m stand behind there prouduct 100% and you should notify them quickly rob they usaly will investaget the problem and sometime pays for the mistakes And Make sure it product dose not get stained with this kind of insident! i would call them!
    oreo ๐Ÿ™„

  • Robert Lambie

    August 26, 2002 at 12:59 am

    Thanks Oreo
    I happen to know what you say is true Oreo. They do not take problems with there vinyls lightly. However, like I said I have not had the problems myself. ๐Ÿ˜€
    Maybe this is the reason I have been told the problem has been or is in the process of being sortedโ€ฆ ๐Ÿ™„
    On the subject of compensation. I have heard that 3M paid over $1million dollars to an airline company for decals that started to come away after its first flight. Prices included the โ€œhireโ€ of a of the job with there men and various other bits and peaces. Now that sure is a warranty! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Martin Pearson

    August 26, 2002 at 4:54 pm

    I didn’t think 3m re-badged vinyl, but if they do it might be made by KPMF, I have spoken to a couple of people who had problems like this with VWS vehicle wrap, I don’t want to say to much as I’m not sure of all the details and obviously don’t want to knock the KPMF vinyl if it is not true.
    Is it because they are not re-heating it enough after it has been applied?

  • Robert Lambie

    August 26, 2002 at 9:07 pm

    well all im saying martin is your getting warm to what ive been told.. ๐Ÿ˜‰ very good source actualy (!)

    in my opion it will be the heat that is doing it. intense heat once applied on the recessed areas only. 3 times i advise!
    there is also grime and dirt. somtimes the recessed areas are not cleaned enough.. somtimes its these fancy preps we use to clean the surface.
    i was always against panel wipe… it always leaves a grease in my opinion.. so one day i was shown a differnt code or make of the stuff & mixed 50/50 does just as good a job as meths if not better. and cheaper than meths also.
    just cant bloody mind what its called ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜†

  • Martin Pearson

    August 26, 2002 at 9:52 pm

    I’ll have another word with some people I know to see if I can find out any more. As for cleaning we use Isopropyl Alchohol a 20 litre container is about ยฃ30. I don’t think this is really dear as it does a great job of cleaning and leaves the surface completely grease free.

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