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  • Applying vinyl over corners, advice please?

    Posted by Suzie Davison on September 22, 2022 at 8:05 am

    I have usually avoided applying vinyl over curved edges of van panels but I have one coming up that is unavoidable.
    Any tips on how to do it well? I’ve tried it before with a hairdryer but it still ends up being cracked sometimes.
    The last company that did the van made a lovely job of it, even over curved bits.
    You would think I would have this figured out after 20 years but I always manage to get the client to have it inside of panels.
    I would be using Avery 777 probably or maybe Oracal 751 if they have it in stock.

    Thanks in advance

    Phil Newby replied 1 year, 5 months ago 4 Members · 3 Replies
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  • RobertLambie

    September 22, 2022 at 9:18 am

    do you have a picture of the van Suzie?
    or even the area you are wanting to apply the vinyl over?
    If not, just the make/model name would help.


  • Jeff

    September 26, 2022 at 12:10 pm

    Oracal 751 is a cast vinyl so it should be up to the job but really depends on one what you are doing with it. dont use a hair dryer, you need a heat gun! 😀

  • Phil Newby

    February 10, 2023 at 11:21 am

    Applying vinyl over corners can be a bit challenging, but with a few tips and tricks, it can be done successfully. Here are some steps to follow when applying vinyl over corners:

    1. Clean the Surface: Make sure the surface is clean, dry, and free of dust, dirt, and oils. This will ensure a strong bond between the vinyl and the surface.

    2. Cut the Vinyl: Cut the vinyl to the desired size and shape, leaving a little extra vinyl around the corners to allow for wrapping.

    3. Heat the Vinyl: Use a heat gun or hair dryer to soften the vinyl before wrapping it around the corners. This will make it more pliable and easier to conform to the surface.

    4. Wrap the Vinyl: Carefully wrap the vinyl around the corners, starting from one end and working your way to the other. Be sure to apply enough pressure to make sure the vinyl sticks to the surface.

    5. Trim the Excess: Once the vinyl is in place, use a knife or scissors to trim away any excess vinyl. Be careful not to cut too close to the edge, as this may cause the vinyl to lift or peel away from the surface.

    6. Squeegee the Vinyl: Use a squeegee to apply pressure to the vinyl, making sure it is adhered securely to the surface. Pay extra attention to the corners, as this is where the vinyl may tend to lift or peel.

    7. Allow to Dry: Allow the vinyl to dry for a few hours before removing the transfer paper. This will ensure that the vinyl is fully adhered to the surface.

    These are general steps for applying vinyl over corners. It’s always a good idea to follow the specific instructions that come with your vinyl, as different brands and types of vinyl may have different requirements.

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