SPECIALTY VINYLS

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Chalkboard, Reflective, Perforated & Etched Glass Vinyl - Even Glow In The Dark Is Available!

HOW TO: DECALS

Thursday, August 20, 2015
General rule of thumb is that you do what works best for you. All decals can be applied using either method, it really comes down to size and/or personal preference.

YOUR SIGN NEEDS

Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Some quick thoughts that may help a small business thinking about how they should be promoting themselves. Bottom line, know what you want before you go in and you will be much happier with the results when you walk out.

LETTER VISIBILITY

Tuesday, August 11, 2015
The size of the letters and logos, as well as the colours you choose are crucial in creating a visible, easy-to-read sign. The Letter Visibility Chart shows the maximum reading distance for your sign to make the best impact, as well as the overall readable distance.

HOW TO INSTALL VINYL DECALS


Our Decals are made from 7 year, self-adhesive, all-weather vinyl film. Vinyl comes on it's own backing paper. The lettering  or graphic image is die-cut into the vinyl, and then all the vinyl that doesn't belong is removed by hand. Then the vinyl image is sandwiched between it's own backing paper and a layer of application tape. The application tape holds the vinyl image together while you place it onto the destination's surface as desired.... then press on.


All decals can be applied using either method, it really comes down to size and/or personal preference. The dry way is faster, the wet way is safer. Smaller stickers can usually be dropped dry onto the surface without having to be taped up and done in sections. Larger decals must be taped in place and laid down in sections. Larger decals must be taped in place and laid down in sections. Either way, be careful and work slow. Dry decals tend to stretch out if they stick by accident and then have to be pulled off and re-stuck. Wet allows you to remove the decal and re-position safely during the application.



There are two basic methods for applying vinyl decals:

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he wet way and the dry way...





WET METHOD:
1. Clean your destination surface.
2. Mist the cleaned surface with clean
water, then using a sharp angle - peel the
vinyl-backing away from the
application-tape that is holding the vinyl
image and mist the vinyl image also with
clean water. The more water you apply to
the destination surface, the more you can
slide the graphic around before it starts to
stick, but too much water can cause
problems with smaller detailed decals, so
don't go crazy with the water if you have
small lines and details in your decal.
3. Place the image (still stuck to the
application tape) onto the destination
surface as close to perfect as you can get
it. You can slide it around until it is lined up
how you want it. Be careful of small lines
and details.
4. Once aligned - Starting from the
image-center and moving outward,
squeegee out all the water and air bubbles.
Start with light pressure, and slowly build
with each pass over the graphic.
5. Let the image stay on the surface with
the shipping/application tape on for about
an hour to dry (direct sun and heat speed
this up. Decals for floors, as well as cold,
humid and rainy days can take up to 24
hours).
6. Once dry, begin peeling the shipping tape
off using a sharp angle, as this helps to
keep your image on your surface. If the
vinyl is not sticking, its not dry yet, or your
surface was not clean. If the image comes
off the surface (still sticking to the
application tape), simply lay back down
and squeegee hard a few times, and give it
as much time as it needs to dry and adhere.
DRY METHOD:
1. Clean your destination surface.
2. With your decal as-is (still taped up), lay
your decal (backing-side down,
application-tape-side up) and align as you
like it. It should be adhesive side down,
looking like it will look
after applied. Once you get it lined up...
3. Place a strip of masking-tape (vertically)
down the center of the image to hold in
place, over-lapping the edge onto the
destination surface. Make sure it won't
move. Once fixed...
4. Pull one side of the image back flat
against itself, folding over the
masking-tape center-line that you placed
to hold it down. Don't crease it, just fold it.
5. Using a sharp angle, start in a corner
and peel away the image's backing until
you get to the masking-tape-center-line
you laid to hold it in place. Keeping the
vinyl (on the application-tape) pinned back
with your finger, cut away the removed
backing along the center-placement-tape
line. Careful not to scratch surface or cut
your vinyl.
6. Using any squeegee like item (a credit
card works well), begin to lay your graphic
down onto your prepared surface from the
masking-take center line outward. DO NOT
LAY DOWN ALL AT ONCE! Hold the image
at an angle above the destination-surface,
and slowly, starting at the
center-placement-tape-line, press down
the image from the center out using the
squeegee. Squeegee from the
center-tape-line outward as you lay it
down, pushing out bubbles as you go.
7. Once one side is laid down, remove the
center-tape-line, then remove the other half
of the vinyl backing the same way as
before, and repeat the process for the
other side.
8. Squeegee the entire image a few times,
from the center outward, each time with
greater pressure, making sure that you get
all the air bubbles out.
9. Begin peeling the shipping tape off
using a sharp angle. If the image comes
off the surface (sticking to the shipping
tape), simply lay back down and squeegee
hard a few times, then try again to peel
back the tape - remember, a sharp angle
works best when separating vinyl from
either the backing or the tape.
Shawn Installing Pinstripes
SHAWN@ACMESIGNS.NET