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  • Wrapping over seams

     Dave Rich updated 9 years ago 4Members · 5 Posts
  • Tim Hobbs

    Member
    December 30, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    Hi All

    Wondered what methods people used when wrapping over the seams on a van. I.E. the vertical rubber join between panels. Not sure what’s the best way.
    Is it to split one side or the other, or both? Or to not cover the seam at all?
    Which can be a pain if you have a dark design on a white van.

    What’s the general opinion?

    I’ve done a few and have just wrapped straight over, then made sure that it was post-heated properly as ever. Had one fail recently though so wanted to
    rethink my methods.

    Cheers Guys

    Tim

  • Martin Pearson

    Member
    December 30, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Shouldn’t be a problem just ignoring them and covering straight over them, if your using a good quality vinyl and post heating properly. If you have had one failure and only one then it might be down to the cleanliness of the vehicle before you started. If you didn’t wipe it down properly & there was still wax or silicone polish on the strip.

    When I first started I was unsure about them and this site didn’t exist so I use to fit over them, post heat but then run the scalpel down each side so if the vinyl came off it only fell off the strip but I haven’t done that for a long time now.

  • Tim Hobbs

    Member
    January 3, 2012 at 10:29 am

    Thanks Martin

    I think that you are right.
    Best to leave it.

    Tim

  • Jason Xuereb

    Member
    January 4, 2012 at 7:50 am

    If vinyl touches rubber it gets cut. Rubber usually implies the panels move or there is movement. Vinyl doesn’t like movement. It will crack over time if there is sufficient movement.

    We usually leave it behind and explain to the customer vinyl doesn’t stick to rubber but we leave it on there for aesthetics and if it becomes a problem simple peel it off without affecting the vinyl applied to the paint.

  • Dave Rich

    Member
    January 4, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    My sentiments too. The rubber strip is a flexible joint for either panel to move slightly. So in 0 degress when the vinyl freezes the body of the van will move and the vinyl will crack. I always cut carefully and remove.

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