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  • Applying vinyl to planks on a wooden building.

    Posted by Simon Worrall on March 18, 2024 at 10:08 pm


    I have a small vinyl job to do on an old painted wooden building.

    The surface is made up of 100mm wide planks on an angle that faces upwards, with a 20mm return. Heres a diagram of the wall from the side.
    Presumably this means I should stretch the design vertically by 20%, to make up for the hidden 20%.
    But that looks a bit weird and obviously distorted.

    How would you handle this job?

    Simon Worrall replied 3 weeks, 2 days ago 3 Members · 3 Replies
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  • Phill Fenton

    March 19, 2024 at 12:45 pm

    I would do the lettering and print at normal size without any distortion and simply cut along the edge of each plank when applying it so the top edge of each remains bare when the vinyls are applied to the front face of each plank

  • Robert Lambie

    March 20, 2024 at 1:36 am

    I agree with Phill on this…

    Definitely, do not stretch the vinyl

    * Apply the text as you would normally and slit against the edge of each plank. “allow it to roll over the edge slightly though. so you do not have an exposed edge”
    * Then drop the trimmed vinyl down onto the face of the lower plank, apply it, trim against its edge and repeat.
    * Once you have completed it, stand back and if you feel that you can see the underside of the “returns”
    Simply apply strips of 20mm black vinyl and trim to meet the letter face.

    Be sure to apply heat to the face of the vinyl and rub down firmly with a wrap glove or cotton rag to conform with the texture of the wood.

    The Logo will be a bit more difficult, but the same process should apply.
    However, those 20mm strips will have to be cut from some printed parts of the logo to keep the colours the same.

    I am saying 20mm because you said the returns are 20mm, It is probably best to make it something like 23 or 25mm to allow for the uneven thickness of wood in general.

    you really should be fitting the vinyl to a gloss surface.
    If this is old wood and matt-faced, textured. you could be opening a can of worms for yourself.
    If the jobs pay well, it might be better to use a high-tack, low-energy surface type of vinyl/adhesive.

    Keep in mind, that vinyl will only last as long as the paint surface holding it.

  • Simon Worrall

    March 21, 2024 at 8:03 am

    Job done. I took Phills and Robs advice, it worked out well.
    I didnt really need to fill in the gap on the underneath, even though it can be seen from the road, the shadow thrown by the plank above completely hides the missing section of the letters.
    The building was newly repainted with acrylic gloss, so it stuck well and I dont think it will be coming off.

    Thanks for all your help.

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