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  • Am I missing a trick fitting reflective vinyl

  • Daniel Evans

    Member
    November 8, 2019 at 3:54 pm

    Afternoon all

    Just had a job go out with reflective vinyl, not done one for a while. Am I missing a trick fitting this type of media?

    I’m talking Oracal 5400

    If I get a bubble, It’s hard to get out, If I pull it off, you see adhesive lines, If you use water, you get fingers that you can’t get rid of.

    Hate the stuff

  • Gary Barker

    Member
    November 8, 2019 at 5:59 pm

    I use it all the time, its a pain, One chance film, there is a 5600 air release version but its expensive.

  • Hugh Potter

    Member
    November 8, 2019 at 6:20 pm

    I use 5400 and 5600 all the time for printing and graphics. occasional bubbles don’t worry me to be fair, if they’re big just use a very sharp pricking tool and push them out, better still just get a heat gun on after pricking, the air expands and escapes on it’s own pretty much!

    Not the easiest stuff in the world I guess, just ensure good squeegee action and don’t lift after it’s down.

  • David Stevenson

    Member
    November 8, 2019 at 7:27 pm

    I know it increases the cost of an already expensive material but you can always laminate it onto a piece of say Oracal 3651 rapid air. Al. A lot less aggressive adhesive and rapid air to prevent the bubbles đŸ˜‰

  • Daniel Evans

    Member
    November 8, 2019 at 7:40 pm

    Good idea David

  • Simon Worrall

    Member
    November 8, 2019 at 9:38 pm

    3M does a reflective range with air release. I just used some on a job, its really easy to fit and quite conformable too.

  • Hugh Potter

    Member
    November 9, 2019 at 12:56 pm

    If that’s the 780mc reflective wrap, it’s horrifically expensive, about £900 a half kit!!

    Unless they now do a regular reflective with air release?!

  • Simon Worrall

    Member
    November 9, 2019 at 7:41 pm
    quote Hugh Potter:

    If that’s the 780mc reflective wrap, it’s horrifically expensive, about £900 a half kit!!

    Unless they now do a regular reflective with air release?!

    Dunno it didnt seem particularly expensive.
    It was not the printing one I have seen you using on Facebook Hugh. I got the red and the green one. Cant recall the code.

  • Bernard Gallagher

    Member
    November 10, 2019 at 12:01 am

    Is it for a chevon job?? Just buy in the kit & fit.

  • Daniel Evans

    Member
    November 10, 2019 at 7:55 am

    No, it’s a custom job with large side panels.

    Air release would be a big advantage here but not at a silly price.

  • Hugh Potter

    Member
    November 11, 2019 at 11:28 am
    quote Simon Worrall:

    quote Hugh Potter:

    If that’s the 780mc reflective wrap, it’s horrifically expensive, about £900 a half kit!!

    Unless they now do a regular reflective with air release?!

    Dunno it didnt seem particularly expensive.
    It was not the printing one I have seen you using on Facebook Hugh. I got the red and the green one. Cant recall the code.

    I’m not aware of that one then. I’ve often said they should just put a regular or air release adhesive on instead of something that’d pull yer face off if you wrapper yer bonce!

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