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  • help on applying vehicle wrap vinyl please?

    Posted by Paul Davenport on April 24, 2002 at 10:56 am

    Hey whats this i hear you thinking, Paul asking about something for a change………

    OK i have a wee problem we have recently done a van featuring a full colour print on one side (Merc sprinter, LWB).

    The vinyl was supplied by vinyl line , did the van but by the time it had got back to welsh wales it had all come out of the recess, found out that it was on the wrong vinyl..

    Wa have done the van again this time using AZDWS supposidly vehicle wrap printed on an ARIZONA machine

    made sure the van was clinically clean etc in the recess, done inside all properly and again its coming out…

    Has anyone else heard of this vinyl b4 and used it, am i right in thinking that its shite and what should i consider using….macfleet. 3M Controlltac or any suggestions…

    we have 3 more vans to do, all from welsh wales and i could do without seeing them all again

    please help as i dont wanna go to welsh wales…………..only kidding its a loverly place and full of ???????

    Mike Brown replied 22 years, 2 months ago 2 Members · 2 Replies
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  • Robert Lambie

    April 24, 2002 at 11:36 am

    paul ill try replying in more detail when i get a min.

    first thing that comes to mind. the vinyl should be heated in the recessed areas 3 times.
    once when making the vinyl taught over the recess.
    then when your stretching it into place.
    making sure its all very tight in the recesses.

    now once i finish the van i go back to every recess and apply intense heat to these areas. im talking heat gun about 1 inch from vinyl … best way to check it is hot enough is to touch it if you burn yer finger its done.. 😆
    they say the last heat makes the vinyl forget its memory and doesnt pull back.

    ive used mactac and 3m. havent had problems with any coming off.
    mactac is very good priced but 3m is much easier to work with. its slightly thicker and doesnt snap in a cold breeze…

    let me know if you are doing the 3 heat process… ill think a bit more..


    oh yeh the vinyl…never heard of it mate…
    ive only knowledge of 3m, mactac & kpmf

  • Mike Brown

    April 24, 2002 at 11:51 am

    couldn’t agree more with the ‘heat three times’ thing – works everytime!

    I’ve used 5-year vinyls in shallow gulleys too – then warmed it followed by the ‘burn’ (as we call it) and it’s sat in there quite happily for years afterwards. I think of it as heating it to the point where it starts to change and break down on a molecular level and so ‘forgets’ its original form…

    …and for those new to the game – no, were not cheating or getting away with using cheaper materials – it’s just that sometimes lesser grade vinyls have certain other characteristics that are perfect for the job in hand but you need a little conformity too…

    more soon

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