Activity Feed Forums Sign Making Discussions General Sign Topics application fluid best and worst

  • application fluid best and worst

    Posted by Iain George on July 6, 2020 at 5:08 am

    <div>Afternoon all
    I have purchased some signgeer application fluid as we were placing an order for other bits and I have to say it is next to useless. There is no slippiness to it at all. We tried to flood coat a panel of a van using M7 Hunter Green, not available in metascape hence using a little bit of app fluid just to help it along. Yet as soon as the vinyl touched the panel it was stuck like @#’# to a blanket. The app fluid is just like water, nothing seems to in it to help it slide or make the vinyl removable, in fact, the complete opposite. We normally use the one from Signtrade Supplies NORTEX.

    Is there any preference from you guys or is it just when you find one you like keep to it.</div>

    • This discussion was modified 2 years, 4 months ago by  Iain George.
    David Stevenson replied 2 years, 4 months ago 7 Members · 8 Replies
  • 8 Replies
  • David Hammond

    July 6, 2020 at 5:11 am

    We tried flooding an old sign tray we had with M7 Olympic, non air release.
    We sprayed some SOTT app fluid, and had the opposite effect… the stuff wouldn’t stick!
    As it was for our own sign, gave up, dried it off and used some Oracal 970 I had lying around.
    What was wrong with a drop of fairy in some water? It’s very rarely we use application fluid.

  • Derek Heron derek heron

    July 6, 2020 at 5:12 am

    we bought some a while back same as you just to fill an order still on the shelf after trying we only ever use wet app on window films and then its just water and bit of baby shampoo.

  • Kevin Mahoney

    July 6, 2020 at 5:13 am

    I think washing up liquid has salt in it which attacks the adhesive over time, better to use a heavily diluted baby shampoo in a very fine mist but only if it is absolutely baking hot on a flattish panel, otherwise it’s fitted dry as a bone for me

  • David Hammond

    July 6, 2020 at 5:14 am

    I had baby oil in my head but knew that was wrong. Grinning
    We’re 99% dry application.

  • Kevin Mahoney

    July 6, 2020 at 5:14 am

    <div><div>I won’t ask mate.</div></div>

  • Steve Morgan

    July 6, 2020 at 5:16 am

    I struggled in my early years with big bits of vinyl and used Rapid-Tac with great success and when I didn’t have any Johnson’s Baby Soap mixed with water was a very good substitute. That said I’m pretty sure the adhesives were quite different from the current materials.


  • Iain Pearson

    July 6, 2020 at 5:18 am

    Johnson’s Baby shampoo in a water spray bottle.
    Would never use an application fluid, especially rapid-tac.
    Absolute waste of money

  • David Stevenson

    July 6, 2020 at 3:06 pm

    Like David we also tried Sott Application Fluid. Completely useless. Causes more problems than it solves. I find on very rare occasions the pure waters just as good. Only do it once in a blue moon, normally when fitting clear material.