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  • Foamboard cutting and vinyl application, advice needed?

  • Gary Forbes

    Member
    April 26, 2020 at 3:16 pm

    I am having a bit of a nightmare time with applying vinyl to foam PVC sheet.
    I either cut it with a Stanley knife or a jigsaw then sand or file smooth. No matter what I do I seem to get fibres and plastic grain trapped under the vinyl making the vinyl look terrible.

    I have cleaned the bench down.
    swept up around me.
    cleaned the sign repeatedly, but still, I get crap under the vinyl.

    I am losing the will now! :awkward:

    Any tips?

  • Alex Crosbie

    Member
    April 26, 2020 at 4:43 pm

    Cut the sheet after applying the vinyl to it?!

    Stanley knife should create a cut clean enough that shouldn’t need any sanding.

    Then you won’t have any dust or swarf from the foamex.

    Hope that helps!

    Alex

  • Jamie Wood

    Member
    April 26, 2020 at 5:24 pm

    Get one of these, for cleaning sheet material before applying graphics.


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  • Chris Wool

    Member
    April 26, 2020 at 10:21 pm

    don’t sweep hover .. when you pull the protective film off creates static needs another wet wipe been there its a pain..

  • Martin Oxenham

    Member
    April 27, 2020 at 9:45 am

    The best thing I have found for years is Body Shop Tack Cloths, the things Car Sprayers use before painting. Available from Halfords. Wipe seconds before you fit the vinyl. Only cut foam board with a knife, never sand it after, if you must, then do it after fitting the letters. Or as Alex says fit before you cut the board if you can.

  • Gary Forbes

    Member
    April 30, 2020 at 3:02 am

    Brilliant, thanks for the tips guys, I will try some of these today as I have a few still to do! :thumbsup:

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