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  • Stretchable app tape, is it available?

  • Daniel Evans

    Member
    November 12, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    Is there such a thing?

    The reason I ask is because I am fitting a large graphic to the rear 1/4 and back of a custom van.

    To be fair the sides aren’t that bad but the back is a right ****.

    I was thinking if it were a wrap, I would stretch the film to make it work, application tape however doesn’t allow me to stretch it to confirm to the curves.

    If there isn’t then why not?

  • Chris Wilson

    Member
    November 12, 2019 at 6:55 pm

    Don’t know if there is and not sure if it would work to be honest as I once heated application thinking I was being smart and it left a weird imprint/mark on the bit of vinyl.

    Is there no way you can cut to relive some tension/bunching in certain areas? Or remove the tape and heat from there? Am guessing it’s cast or a wrap? Mind you even polymeric with go flat with a wee heat.

  • Daniel Evans

    Member
    November 12, 2019 at 7:32 pm

    It’s 751.

    No option for a relief cut.

    I’m currently fitting as much as I can and then removing the app tape but there must be a faster/easier/better option

  • Peter Johnson

    Member
    November 13, 2019 at 10:09 pm

    I’m not too sure if this would work, but I remembered seeing somewhere an application tape that doesn’t curl up once applied, even if rolled up for storage or posting items out in postal tubes.

    I had to call in at MDP for some bits and asked about it while I was there. The stuff was called Contour Application Tape made by detape.

    Again, not sure if it is suitable for what you need, but a 50m roll of 12" wide tape is only £12 + the dreaded, so possibly cheap enough for you to experiment with.

  • Robert Lambie

    Member
    January 17, 2020 at 12:08 pm
    quote Daniel Evans:

    It’s Oracal 751.
    No option for a relief cut.
    I’m currently fitting as much as I can and then removing the app tape but there must be a faster/easier/better option

    This is really the only way to tackle this… the downside is you then have a thin cast to apply into the recessed area, and 751c Is not the most forgiving vinyl.

  • Daniel Evans

    Member
    January 17, 2020 at 4:27 pm

    Thanks Rob. I managed to get it done with 751 but I’ll look into other vinyls.

    Do you have a preferred choice for this?

  • Dave Howieson

    Member
    January 17, 2020 at 7:13 pm
    quote Daniel Evans:

    Is there such a thing?

    The reason I ask is because I am fitting a large graphic to the rear 1/4 and back of a custom van.

    To be fair the sides aren’t that bad but the back is a right ****.

    I was thinking if it were a wrap, I would stretch the film to make it work, application tape however doesn’t allow me to stretch it to confirm to the curves.

    If there isn’t then why not?

    I was looking into this yesterday and found Hexis do an RTape Conformable Application Tape – I’m getting a roll to try on a couple of jobs with a similar finish. Comes in various roll sizes

  • Daniel Evans

    Member
    January 17, 2020 at 7:43 pm
    quote Dave Howieson:

    quote Daniel Evans:

    Is there such a thing?

    The reason I ask is because I am fitting a large graphic to the rear 1/4 and back of a custom van.

    To be fair the sides aren’t that bad but the back is a right ****.

    I was thinking if it were a wrap, I would stretch the film to make it work, application tape however doesn’t allow me to stretch it to confirm to the curves.

    If there isn’t then why not?

    I was looking into this yesterday and found Hexis do an RTape Conformable Application Tape – I’m getting a roll to try on a couple of jobs with a similar finish. Comes in various roll sizes

    That’s what I use.

    Basically the conform means that it will stay flat on the backing paper, it doesn’t mean it will confirm around shapes

  • Robert Lambie

    Member
    January 17, 2020 at 8:02 pm
    quote Daniel Evans:

    Thanks Rob. I managed to get it done with 751 but I’ll look into other vinyls.
    Do you have a preferred choice for this?

    Oracal 751c is a cast and a very good one considering the price.
    Like many casts, they can be temperamental to install if you aren’t used to them, but does conform very well to many curved areas on a vehicle, though it is not a wrap!
    That said, it’s probably a damn sight better than many so-called polymeric wraps out there. :rollseyes:

    stripping application tape from graphics isn’t the end of the world. but I appreciate it does take longer and would be great if you didn’t have to. Oracal 970 wrap is the next step up I would take if its just solid colour graphics. it comes in both regular and bubble-free types of adhesive, so if you prefer the air-release type films you now have the option which the 751c does not have. It also feels and handles as a more thicker vinyl which in itself can be more forgiving. price-wise, it’s also very competitive for a higher-end brand of wrapping film.


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