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  • Vinyl lift when rolled out on the table?

    Posted by Mark Johnston on May 18, 2022 at 11:53 am

    Hi team

    we are having some problems with our vinyl. when it is rolled out on the table it is lifting and creating what i think its called “tunnels”. we can work around it but we are also getting it doing it when cutting and its catching letters now and causing machine jams.

    is there an easy fix for this or anything we can do to limit it? 😟

    Peter Cassidy replied 2 years ago 5 Members · 5 Replies
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  • Gordon Smithard

    May 18, 2022 at 2:19 pm

    I’ve only ever had this with chrome/ gold leaf and other rigid sort of vinyls and the only way I know is to roll it loosely and not round a normal cardboard tube.

  • Mark Johnston

    May 19, 2022 at 9:00 am

    thanks gordon

    i have had similar with chrome silver vinyl a long time ago, but not with digital. so frustrating after printing and laminating and then it jams in the machine cutting. 😩

  • Karen White

    May 20, 2022 at 9:05 am

    it is horrible when that happens. i have had to lift and lay it back down, but that was the budget chrome gold and chrome silver before cutting it. but i cannot see you being able to do that with digital vinyl because its so wide. best of luck! 😬

  • RobertLambie

    May 20, 2022 at 12:46 pm

    Chrome and Gold are common to have tunnelling.
    They are a polyester film, rather than vinyl. If they have been on the shelf for long periods, they tend to form the curvature of the roll they are wrapped around. so when you lay it out flat, or try cutting it, the tunnelling starts to happen as it lifts itself away from the lining paper.

    I do not think it is just as common with vinyl, but I have seen it and I am of the opinion it is either wound too tight on its core, under tension when laminated or again, it has been on the supplier’s shelf for too long because there is a two-year shelf life on vinyl. but that’s once it comes off the manufacturing machines, then transport to countries around the world, then sitting in your supplier’s warehouse, then on your shelf, before use!

  • Peter Cassidy

    May 22, 2022 at 3:45 pm

    i had this happen to me a while back. chrome vinyl and it was a pig to weed. i went for my lunch and by the time i got back it had all started to lift like those pictures show. i called my supplier demanding a new roll. a complete waste of my time and not fit for purpose! 😠

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