• Slippery when wet

    Posted by Texcat on December 13, 2002 at 1:29 pm

    Hello everyone and Happy Christmas

    I have always wondered and pondered all night long WHY???? Sad hey

    Apart from small jobs why do people apply vinyl dry, i find it easier to position etc when wet.

    Your recent survey showed most doing it dry. Reasons why would be appreciated

    Robert Lambie Robert Lambie replied 21 years, 2 months ago 5 Members · 7 Replies
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  • Henry Barker

    December 13, 2002 at 2:30 pm

    Happy Christmas to you, and welcome here!

    I apply just about everything dry because it goes so fast, in our climate if you applied wet and the vehicle left, with a thin film of water orany water moisture under the vinyl it would freeze this time of year, and the first time it got washed it would get blown off.

    I guess its what you get used too, I have done trailer sides wet and dry, and find dry to be best.

    The only time I use water is on a plexi sheet of negative cut backlit signage if I am on my own.

    Alot depends on the substrate, working temperature etc.

  • Martin Pearson

    December 14, 2002 at 12:03 am

    Hi Andy and welcome to the UKSG.
    I havent been in the industry very long and when I started soaked everything, living in Scotland where its not that warm for a lot of the time gave me all sorts of problems with vinyl not aticking, application tape hard to remove etc. I now do most of my applications dry because its much quicker and you dont have problems trying to get the vinyl to stick. Theres not a right or wrong way in my opinion and I think a lot of it is down to confidence, you do what you most feel comfortable with. There has already been some quite lengthy debates on this subject if you use the search at the top of the screen you will be able to read what has already been said.

  • Fat Bob

    December 14, 2002 at 11:17 am


    Nice website

    You mean you put vehicle wraps on wet ?

    I do it dry so I can go home early *drink*

    Welcome Merry Xmas Catcha Again..FB

  • Robert Lambie Robert Lambie

    December 14, 2002 at 6:05 pm

    dry is my choice! 100%
    martin and henry are right it can be down to what you prefer… and depending on substrate at the time.

    i think most that start up would be best doing it wet if they cant get a tuitor to begin with. but i would advise on learning dry a.s.a.p. its the way to go in the long run.

    starting out wet in my opinion can have its draw backs later in life…
    in short.. old habbits die hard! 😉

  • Martin Pearson

    December 16, 2002 at 6:12 pm

    Not for the first time I am in agreement with Gray, really good web site Andy, was it done inhouse or was it done by a web design company ?

  • Texcat

    December 17, 2002 at 3:55 pm

    Thats for the wet and dry saga, i think that will continue again for some time, but have looked on past posts and understand. Living on the south coast (warmer) its not to bad wet.
    To Gray Hi from Pompey (Top of the league) when did you leave????

    As for the web site, it is done in house by our design team and a new one is fast approaching ( nearly complete)

    We shall post some of our work on the site soon and would like to talk through how some were done ( we seem to get all the silly jobs). Especially the 3m x 2m large curved sign we made that fluxed us at first, but heat bending foamex worked. post piccy soon.

    Two things as well, anyone see the indoor mirror maze at the OXO tower (London) for Absolut Vodka? we designed and built that.

    Also got to quote on some stickers (DECALS) the client calls them. 20000 off 4 types. will post the details tomorrow or thursday if anyone interested.

    Love this place and keep it going.

    Special thanks to Paul Davenport for the LED info.


    Andy (Texcat) Tex is the name of my one eyed cat

  • Robert Lambie Robert Lambie

    December 17, 2002 at 5:04 pm

    great andy (texcat)
    look forward to seeing it mate… anything you have done for that matter..
    makes good topic starters…

    quote :

    Love this place and keep it going.

    thanks for the comment mate.. and i intend to keep it going as long as sign makers visit…for many years i hope!

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