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  • Shipping Container decals in low temperatures

    Posted by Adam McMonagle on December 7, 2022 at 8:12 am

    Hi, we don’t do these very often but I have a client desperate to have a container branded with cut vinyl (unprinted cast). I am concerned about the temperature as it needs to be done this week. Cold metal in three degrees? Thoughts/tips?

    Adam McMonagle replied 1 month, 2 weeks ago 5 Members · 9 Replies
  • 9 Replies
  • Kev Mayger

    Member
    December 7, 2022 at 10:50 am

    Can you heat it from the inside?

    • Adam McMonagle

      Member
      December 7, 2022 at 12:28 pm

      Thanks Kev, but no, all o the outside and no heat apart from a heat gun, I was wondering if air free cast would be better?

  • Gary Austin

    Member
    December 7, 2022 at 12:28 pm

    I’ve tried a space heater inside in the past, works to a degree.

    Moisture within the paint is the biggest hurdle, give it a blast with a heatgun over the areas you’re applying to, and use a high-tack vinyl where possible. We do plenty of these outside at this time of year, it can be fustrating, especially if the paintwork isn’t smooth. Plenty of heating before and after.

    • Adam McMonagle

      Member
      December 7, 2022 at 12:32 pm

      Thanks Gary, am going to use an Avery cast, was considering air free but that may not hold long term?

      • Gary Austin

        Member
        December 7, 2022 at 3:05 pm

        I use Metamark MDX air release for printed sections, so long as it’s heated in properly afterwards I’ve not had issues. Just watch out when going over any panel welds, they’re often irregular and the area most prone to failure.

  • David McDonald

    Member
    December 7, 2022 at 2:01 pm

    Hi Adam

    We’ve installed a fair few containers and we’ve switched to using extra sticky polymeric print vinyl, rather than cast, as on balance that gives us the best overall results. We’ve never come across any that the paintwork was good – always poorly done with loads of flaws and the extra sticky is the only way we get it to stay on there.

    I think heating will be difficult in these temperatures – there’s possibly too much mass of steel to get it really hot enough.

    If we were doing it in these temps it would be accompanied with a disclaimer that usually warranties don’t apply – if the manufacturer of the film wont warranty installation in these temps then we won’t.

    Cheers

    Dave


    • Adam McMonagle

      Member
      December 7, 2022 at 4:50 pm

      Thanks Dave, that sounds like a good idea

  • Simon Worrall

    Member
    December 7, 2022 at 6:21 pm

    Heres an idea. Put a space heater INSIDE the container, and run it while you work. That should heat up the walls enough to apply vinyl on the outside.

    Oh okay. I just read the other comments about this.

    • Adam McMonagle

      Member
      December 11, 2022 at 11:29 am

      Hi Simon, the container was fully insulated, it was 30degrees inside but frozen on the outside 😬

      I used a heat gun and lots of patience 😁