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  • Trailer graphics, advice needed to fit vinyl graphics

    Posted by Martyn Heath on September 2, 2020 at 5:32 am

    Hi guys. So I have a customer wanting their trailers done. They have a designer which I’ve been dealing with and once I see the design I started raising alarm bells because of the complexity and low energy surface. But as usual they are not interested in changing the design and just want it done. So I’m doing my best. Anyway I did the easier, using mactac 9800. I had concerns with a using wrap film because of the initial bond. So now I need to do the second one, and as you can see it’s much more complex. Im planning on doing infills into the recesses. What do you guys think, am I right? Have I chosen the correct methods? All I know is it took much longer than I expected 🥴

    Tim Hobbs replied 3 years, 7 months ago 2 Members · 3 Replies
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  • Tim Hobbs

    September 2, 2020 at 7:35 am

    Hi Martyn

    Personally I would definitely use relief cuts and fillets on the second trailer. Even with a really good wrap vinyl that one’s a challenge!

    However, I would be more concerned about the low energy plastic issue. It looks like the first trailer may be fiberglass, in which case you should be fine. The second one looks like it may be made of polyethelene, if that’s the case you MUST use a vinyl specifically designed for the purpose. I’m not a user of Mactac products but you might want to check with your supplier whether the 9800 is suitable, save you a lot of heartache. We tend to use Avery 2126HT for this kind of plastic. I haven’t used it on such a scale as your job but it’s great for wheelie bins, small diggers, hard hats – that kind of thing. Good luck.

  • Martyn Heath

    September 2, 2020 at 7:48 am

    Hi tim, you are 100% correct. The first trailer was fibreglass. Now with regards to the second trailer i personally have the identical one, 6 years ago i put my graphics onto the flats surfaces using avery 700 and it has lasted fantastic. No shrinkage or peeling which tbh has suprised me. So in my opinion a good polymeric is good enough for the job. In the past as you said i have used high tak for printed logos.

  • Tim Hobbs

    September 2, 2020 at 8:39 am

    Great stuff Martyn. Thought you’d be aware of that but doesn’t hurt to say just in case. Deffo relief cuts though and post-heat the heck out of it.

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