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Tips & Tricks For Installing Your Graphics.
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Decals are easily applied to clean smooth and lightly textured surfaces as long as a few basic steps are taken to ensure proper installation. Here are a few points to consider in applying your decal correctly.
The ideal application temperature for the air and substrate (surface to which the decal is being applied) is from 10 to 35 degrees Celsius. At lower temperatures, adhesion build will be slower or non-existent. At higher temperatures repositioning the decal, if required, will be more difficult.
All substrates must be cleaned before the application of the decal is started. Possible surface contaminants include dust, rust, migratory components of paint and plastics, chalk lines, grease and oil from hands and other sources, and caulking compounds.
Wash the surface to receive the decal with water and a mild detergent. Be sure the detergent does not contain anything such as a cream or lotion that could leave a residue. Follow by drying with a lint free cloth. Next wipe the surface with a solvent such as Isopropyl alcohol or VM&P Naptha. Wipe off the solvent with a clean, dry, lint free cloth so that the solvent does not dry leaving a residue. ALWAYS test the solvent on the substrate first to be sure they are compatible.
Use masking tape or other low tack tape along the top edge of your decal to position the decal in the desired area. Lift the decal from the bottom and remove the liner completely. Keep the exposed adhesive off the substrate. If you are doing a wet application, apply the liquid to the substrate. Drape your decal and apply it using a squeegee to make firm, short, overlapping strokes. Squeegee from the top centre to the edges and the bottom. Avoid stretching the decal, or getting oils from hands or other contaminants on the decal, as these could result in poor adhesion or lifting of the decal.
Do not bridge over recessed areas and attempt to “push” the material into place later. The vinyl must be “draped” and worked into these areas during application.
To help minimize air pockets the decal can be applied wet using an application mixture of clean water and a small amount of detergent (0.5% max.). Use just enough detergent to prevent the water from “beading” on the substrate. If this process is used all application fluid must be squeegeed out after application. This process is NOT recommended for application to glass surfaces.
Puncture all trapped air pockets with a pin and squeegee from the edge of the pocket to the puncture point evacuating all air or application fluid.
The careful use of a heat gun is recommended when applying a decal to lightly textured substrates. A rivet brush should be used in conjunction with heat for rivets and other raised or recessed surfaces.
Allow the adhesive to begin bonding before further handling, generally 15–30 minutes. If the decal has been premasked, remove the premask at 180 degrees (pull the premask back upon itself). Resqueegee the entire decal.
Unapplied decals may be stored for up to one year. The decals should be stored in a clean, dry area out of direct sunlight. Ideal storage temperature is 20 degrees Celsius.
Caring For Your Banner
The banner that you have purchased is among one of the best advertising and promotional values available. Here are a few points to consider in order to get the most from your new banner.
If you’re going to install the banner yourself you should ensure that it will be securely anchored. If the banner is to be used outdoors, remember that wind can exert a very considerable force upon both the banner and the securing structure. Before installing a banner outdoors be sure that the banner material is rated for outdoor use, then ensure that you fasten it securely to something that will withstand the potential wind load. It should be taut, but not tightly stretched. Slight sagging of the banner is normal.
An occasional cleaning of your banner will keep your banner looking great. Wipe your banner with a sponge or soft cloth using water with a mild detergent. Be careful not to use harsh cleaners and solvents that could damage the fabric or the image.
Never fold you banner for storage, always roll it. The best method is to roll it around a tube that is 4-6 inches in diameter. If the banner has vinyl lettering or graphics it is a good idea to roll it with a sheet of paper over the face to prevent the possibility for adhesive along the edge of the vinyl from adhering to the banner material. Always roll the banner with the graphics facing out.
Remember that your banner is made of a fabric base and when used outdoors or in extreme conditions it is at the mercy of the environment in which it is placed. Be realistic in your expectations; It should never be considered as a substitute for a sign produced on a more rugged material such as plywood or metal.
Since a banner may be subject to extreme environmental conditions, we cannot be responsible for damage that might be done to, or caused by, a banner while in use. This also applies to damage caused by improper installation or storage.
Applying Your Magnetic
Magnetic signage is ideal for uses where your image needs to be moved from one metal surface to another. Here are a few points to consider in order to get the most from your magnetic signage.
The magnetic sheet and metal surface on which it is to be placed should be clean and dry. For any outdoor application, such as vehicle signs, the metal surface should be waxed for protection.
Magnetic sheeting holds best to metal surfaces that are flat and reasonably curved in one direction. Magnetic sheeting will not adhere satisfactorily to surfaces that contain body filler.
Should you place the magnetic sign in the wrong position, remove the magnet and realign. DO NOT pull the magnet to realign it when it is against the surface, as the magnet may stretch due to the resistance caused by the high magnetic strength.
Make sure the entire magnet is against the metal surface with no air pockets or raised edges.
Moisture and dirt can collect between the magnet and metal surface on which it is placed, particularly with outside applications such as vehicle signage.
Remove and clean both the magnetic surface and the surface on which it is placed with water containing a mild detergent. Allow both surfaces to dry completely before reapplying the magnetic sheet. For vehicle sign applications repeat this process weekly. To provide the best protection of the clear/base coat and vinyl surfaces present on new and freshly painted vehicles we recommend daily removal and cleaning for the first few months.
The magnetic sheeting is more pliable and easier to work with when it is near room temperature when it is applied. Handling in cold temperature increases the risk of cracking the magnetic material.
The best way to store your magnetic signs is flat. Should you roll the sheeting do not roll in a diameter of less than 4” –5” and roll with the image to the outside to avoid the possibility of wrinkling the graphic.
Sign Panel Installation
Proper installation of sign panels on walls and other flat surfaces will help to ensure the maximum life of your sign. Here are a few basic points covering the installation of sign panels. Mounting surfaces and conditions can vary and installation methods may have to be adapted to suit the specific installation.
The surface to which you are installing the panel should be smooth and free of protrusions that may damage or bend the sign panel. If there are any protrusions such as bolts etc. you should consider framing or building up the area that is to receive the panel so you have a flat mounting surface to work on.
Mounting holes should be predrilled in sign panels prior to screwing or bolting the sign panel in place. The holes should be slightly larger than the diameter of the fastener to allow for expansion and contraction of the panel. If the panel is of a plastic material the holes should be at least 1/8” diameter larger since plastics expand and contract to a greater degree than wooden and metal materials. Failure to oversize the holes could result in breakage of the panel.
Use washers where necessary. These can be painted to match the color of the surface area over which they are to be used.
Mounting hardware should not be over tightened. This will allow the sign to “float” on the surface which it is fastened preventing breakage or cracking caused by expansion and contraction of the panel due to temperature changes. Fastening the panel in place too tightly may also cause delamination or cracking of the sign surface.
Before fastening the sign in place always ensure that it is being installed in the correct area. Check levels and the left to right positioning of the panel ion order to avoid unsatisfactory installation.
Most sign panels require little maintenance, however cleaning with water and a mild detergent will help to remove buildup of dirt and other contaminants.
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Last Updated: April 2018