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How To Install a Vinyl Graphic?
Installing a Vinyl Graphic can be daunting but we have pulled helpful resources to assist you!
The surface temperature should range from 50 to 90 degrees to achieve the best results. If the surface is hot to the touch it's probably over 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Adhesive becomes brittle when it gets too cold and gummy when it gets too hot. Applications outside the suggested range of 50 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit decrease the ability of the adhesive to perform. Outdoor application is discouraged but can be done when winds are less than 10 mph. Blown dirt, dust or other contaminates can interfere with the bonding of the graphic adhesive to the vehicle during installation.
Preparing the Surface
-Wash the surface with the solution of dish soap and warm water then rinse with water.
-Dry the area with a clean, lint-free cloth or paper towel.
-Wipe down the entire area again with Isopropyl Alcohol to remove any contaminants and promote the adhesion process.
-Dry the surface a final time with a fresh lint-free cloth or paper towel.
-Determine the location where you want the vinyl transfer to go. Use a tape measure and a pencil to help center the item in the space available.
-Secure each end or corner with a piece of masking tape.
-Hold the vinyl transfer by the premask and do not touch the adhesive side of the vinyl to the surface until you are ready to squeegee.
-Hold the end of the vinyl transfer several inches away from the surface and starting at the center hinge, slowly make easy, overlapping vertical strokes with the squeegee.
-The slower you go, the less bubbles you will get. Now, remove the tape hinge and peel away the release liner on the other side of the vinyl transfer.
Applying vinyl with a light mist of application fluid on the surface allows for repositioning and reduces the chance of bubbles and wrinkles. The dry method does not allow for any mistakes. Once the vinyl touches the surface, there is no removal without damage.
The wet method is suggested for beginner installations.
-Lightly spray the surface with the soap and water solution.
-Hold the end of the vinyl transfer several inches away from the surface and slowly lay the vinyl transfer down from the hinge outward and firmly squeegee over the premask with short overlapping strokes.
The wet method will allow you to reposition the vinyl as needed and reduce the chance of air getting behind the vinyl.
-Now, remove the tape hinge and peel away the release liner on the other side of the vinyl transfer.
- Wait a little while for the water to dry and then peel off the premask and you are done!
How Long do the graphics last?
If you take great care of your vinyl decals they can last 3-5 years in optimal conditions, including weather and normal wear and tear.