an example of vinyl peeling off curtain lorry side?
Will you be the next to learn the hard way?
Well I hope reading this will either remind you or teach you the difference with some vinyls.
I few months back we received an order to letter the curtain of an 18 wheeled lorry.
Nice order, good money and a “BIG” customer to get your foot in the door with…
After completing the artwork, having it approved & been given the go ahead. I told one of the machine operators to
Run the job in question. After explaining the way I wanted the job prepared and told him the truck should be run in truck vinyl I walked away.
The job was cut, prepared and given to the fitters. The fitters proceed to travel to the job. Few hours later, job done. One happy customer. Or was it?
We received a call a few days ago…” hi, you did a job for us a few months ago. A truck.” “Would it be possible to send someone into see us?”
Yes we said. No problem. In we went. Thinking nice one, another curtain truck to do…
On arrival the truck past done was sitting in there yard. Parking next to it we quickly realised why we were back!
Almost all the text was starting to curl off! What had happened? Why had it happened?
After going through this with the customer who was totally fine about the whole thing and understood things happen… but! Wanted the whole thing striped and re-lettered A.S.A.P.
Of course we said. Apologised and left.
So why had this happened…. Why when we have done mountains of this type of work… was it a faulty batch? Was it badly fitted?……….NO, the reason this had happened was simple. The guy that runs the cutter back in the work decided Banner vinyl was the same vinyl as truck vinyl!
Did YOU know this? Did you know even though it is the same type of material as a banner that is used on the truck for the curtain. the vinyl MUST be TRUCK vinyl not banner vinyl… well if you didn’t like our guy didn’t. Then now you do!
The life is totally different… the adhesion on truck vinyl is like superglue. The vinyl is extremely soft and very difficult to work with… it is also much more expensive! All these factors must be taken into account when working with this type of material. Expensive it is, and this is the reason for me making this short post. In the hope it may prevent a similar situation.
I am often asked the question of what vinyl goes onto a truck curtain… and often I explain this to them. However I did not think I would fall victim to this myself…
I must add… when you call a supplier asking for this material tell the sales person that it is truck vinyl you are looking for not banner. Most reps don’t even know the difference because only a few suppliers actually sell this type of vinyl… keep that in mind… 😉
here is a picture of a part of the curtain.. not the worst part i may add! 😡