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  • do i fold vinyl to foamex over or trim it to size?

    Posted by Andrew Blackett on August 16, 2002 at 7:42 pm

    Hello all,

    I’ve got to do some graphics for an exhibition we do each year, it involves covering some foam-x panels in vinyl. I was wondering when it comes to the edges is it best to fold it over and stick it to the back or trim it to size


    Robert Lambie replied 21 years, 10 months ago 8 Members · 12 Replies
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  • Phill Fenton

    August 16, 2002 at 8:16 pm

    I always trim to size Andy – Turn the sheet over once covered and use a sharp scalpel to trim away the excess vinyl.

  • Deleted User

    Deleted User
    August 17, 2002 at 1:53 am

    ANDY I Agree with fill thats how we do it!
    It looks much mor professional!!!!

    Oreo 😎

  • Robert Lambie

    August 17, 2002 at 7:00 am

    yep i agree! trim it always…
    the sides of the foam are some times a little rough. even when its a nice cut the vinyl doesnt adhere to it very well. kept tight enough it will hold because your sticking it to the rear but i always thing it sags of the sides evetualy and looks pretty crap..
    like phill said. flip it over and trime from rear with a sharp stanley knife 😀

  • Adrian Howard

    August 17, 2002 at 7:53 am

    try this picked this tip up at the Big Show Orlando last year
    use oversize vinyl and cover foamex sheet, squeege flat then use a hand sanding pad with fine paper and sand in long sweeps at an angle, it cuts the vinyl at the right size and you get a super finish to the edge of the board and vinyl,
    try it on some scraps


  • Martin Pearson

    August 17, 2002 at 9:05 pm

    Whats this got to do with Sign Making Software ?

    I do something along the same lines as Adrian except instead of using a sanding block I use a smooth File, you seem to get a much better edge this way than by using a scalpal and trimming.

  • Andrew Blackett

    August 18, 2002 at 10:03 am

    not sure how this ended up in here martin, I’m sure I posted this in “general sign topics”, but anyway not to worry………

    I’m gonna try the sanding block technique and see how it goes, and I’ll compare it the traditional knife technique.

    Cheers Lads!



  • Robert Lambie

    August 18, 2002 at 1:02 pm

    no problem andy 😀 done!

  • Martin Pearson

    August 18, 2002 at 11:13 pm

    Not sure about the sanding block but if its the same technique as the file hold the block at about 45 degrees and use a downward stroke only, upward stroke will tend to lift the vinyl.

  • Andrew Blackett

    September 4, 2002 at 10:25 pm


    cheers mate, I tried your sanding block technique today, when I was making those show signs. Worked perfectly!


  • Mike Brown

    September 4, 2002 at 10:36 pm

    Hey Adrian – using a fine file (like Martin said) was one of the hundreds of tips on my ‘Secrets of Design’ CD that you were one of the first to buy…and that was first published in 1998!…maybe the Americans picked it up from the CD? 😉 😛 😆

  • Sticky

    September 5, 2002 at 6:36 am


    Run a felt squeegee along the edge a couple of times. This cuts through the vinyl using a combination of friction and the sharp edge of the board. The excess vinyl just falls away and leaves a perfect edge.

  • Robert Lambie

    September 5, 2002 at 9:05 am

    ahh yes andy, another great method i use this method for covering router cut letters with vinyl… 😀

    be sure to use an old felt squeegee as it cuts a groove into it…

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