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  • Felt for my squeegee? help!

    Posted by Karen White on June 20, 2022 at 10:36 am

    Hi everyone! 😀

    I like using felt edge squeegees. mainly the avery blue ones but not used in a while.
    i bought some online but it was from eBay and although they lasted well, the supplier no longer sells them. i have picked up some others from suppliers here and there but they are not as good and burn out in no time.
    can anyone advise what supplier is best for this type of thing. can i not just buy a good felt strip because i have loads of old squeegees that are fine, just the felt is ruined.

    i have just applied a nice printed panel and left marks all over the face that i cannot remove!

    RobertLambie replied 1 year, 6 months ago 9 Members · 10 Replies
  • 10 Replies
  • Joe Killeen

    June 20, 2022 at 11:32 am

    Metamark sell packs and rolls of felt (Monkey Strips) great product.

  • Martin Cole

    June 20, 2022 at 11:34 am

    As above Monkey Strips are what you need Karen,

    In strips or on a roll, I prefer the newer grey ones, a few places sell them.

  • Peter Cassidy

    June 20, 2022 at 7:54 pm

    Yes, banana buffers work best for me too. you can buy them from Sign Trade Supplies.
    25 strips for £16, not bad at all! 👍

  • RobertLambie

    June 21, 2022 at 9:32 am

    We have been using Monkey strips for years now. The owner of the company sent me an assortment of colours to try, and we have been using them ever since! I think some colours are a different density to others.
    I guess Metamark use the purple ones as it matches their brand.
    3M use the blue Monkey Strips coupled with their 3M Gold squeegee. I think 3M went for the monkey strips because it has a thin, good wearing micro felt. So doesn’t completely remove the friction and pressure you can get from some thick or padded alternative squeegee strips.

    Those ones sign trade supplies sell are good value for money. You can also buy Monkey Strips and Banana Strips, or the roll of strips from the likes of Amazon, Ebay etc.

  • Hugh Potter

    June 21, 2022 at 9:49 pm

    I use the blue 3M felt strips, get them from William Smith, very nice to work with.

  • Karen White

    June 22, 2022 at 10:51 am

    Thank you to everyone that replied. this is a great help!
    I think i will try sign trade supplies first because that does look a good deal.

    thank you again. 🤗👍

  • Gary Forbes

    June 29, 2022 at 10:17 am

    we bought a sheet of felt from a local fabric shop and we use our double sided banner hemming tape to stick it to the squeegee. quick, easy and very very cheap!

  • Mark Johnston

    July 1, 2022 at 8:08 am

    rob i saw an old post once saying that you use denim on your squeegee. is this something you would still use? i thought that was a good idea.

  • David Stevenson

    September 22, 2022 at 9:46 pm

    We’ve just bought some “Banana Buffers” and can’t believe the difference a simple piece of felt can make! They glide over wrap material without leaving a single scratch. Use to buy eBay specials but never again.

  • RobertLambie

    September 26, 2022 at 12:03 pm

    Banana Buffers are definitely worth having in your fitting box David.
    They are another product by Monkey Strips.
    They are primarily for “wet” applications, and by that, I do not mean water below the vinyl.
    Basically, you soak the buffer periodically as you install the wrapping film and it helps reduces micro scratches on the face of the vinyl which can happen very easily as your felt picks up surface dust and oils from the vinyl face.

    When I say soak, dip it into a small tray of way. then pinch your fingers over the strip and draw your fingers back taking off the water and leaving it damp. this ensures you have minimal moisture near the rear of the vinyl. and if you are wrapping, make sure you are handling the vinyl with “dry fingertips” as it’s so easy to get moisture on the rear.

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