MemberNovember 13, 2019 at 9:20 am
At what cold temperature you stop applying vinyl outside?
At which point you think is pointless to waste your time and energy?
MemberNovember 13, 2019 at 9:55 am
when its snowing 😆
MemberNovember 13, 2019 at 10:11 am
Most manufacturers would recommend application temperatures of 8 degrees or higher but you can get away with applying in a lower temperature by using a hot air gun to warm the panel before hand. If the tape wont come off without the lettering lifting apply more heat with the hot air gun. Remember, even if the air temperature is 0 degrees a metal panel will quickly warm up and retain it’s heat for some time if there is a heat source. Even the sun shining on a panel can be enough to warm it even when the outdoor temperature is cold. Best to use your hand to feel the panel first – if it’s cold to the touch (and likely damp) you are probably wasting your time
MemberNovember 13, 2019 at 10:21 amquote Jean Oakley:quote Phill Fenton:
I better stop moaning and get onto it then! Thanks!
MemberNovember 13, 2019 at 10:24 am
-5c has been my limit. Fingers dont work below that temp anyway.
I use rapid tac 2 for application in temps below 8c, it helps the glue activate on the vinyl. Ive actually got a situation this week, i have a shop that needs to be done, thursday 6c with light misty damp rain all day or friday 1c dry. From my experience the damp misty conditions are the worst so i will save it till friday.
Ideally nothing should be laid below 8c but if we stuck to those guidelines we would close down for winter.
MemberNovember 13, 2019 at 10:40 am
another trick on a cold wet day is to ask the customer to leave the vehicle running with the heaters on full, or if safe and practical to do so, put a small electric heater inside the van for a good half hour before working on it, it warms the panels from inside and retains the heat much better (as it is naturally radiating out) than using a heat gun, which in contract to Phill, I find loses the heat too quick and, if it’s a large area, it just a pain in the backside, especially if a bit breezy!
MemberNovember 13, 2019 at 5:55 pm
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