Application to Vehicles, metals, smooth and polished plastics and windows.
Applying vinyl wet is the simplest way to ensure a bubble free finish. If you have previous experience then the same finish can be obtained by applying dry.
Firstly have a spray bottle filled with water and a little washing up liquid ready along with a non friction squeegee (or similar) and a sharp scalpel or craft knife if any cutting is required. A kit is available from our ebay shop.
Make sure you are working in a dust free environment. Clean all surfaces, edges, door shuts and anywhere where the vinyl will touch ensuring no wax or polish has been used previously.
Soak the panel using the spray and with help peel the backing off the vinyl and instantly lay onto the panel or window. Spray a small amount over the vinyl and simply squeegee the liquid out from under making sure all bubbles are removed. Once dry, squeegee around all edges to make sure a firm seal is made. Trim edge with a sharp scalpel.
If applying to curved areas have a heat gun to hand, this will allow you to stretch the vinyl around edges. Use less water for this method and start on the largest flat surface. When you come to a curve GENTLY heat the vinyl and carefully stretch. An element of practice and patience is required, make sure time is on your side!
Wrapping panels such as kitchen doors
This technique should be used on wooden or slightly textured laminate. For smooth or gloss finished panels you may nee to use a small amount of spray and apply elements from the above application. Test a small bit of vinyl first for adhesion, this will help you decide whether to apply it wet or dry.
Make sure the panels are grease free. Have a heat gun (paint stripper) at hand along with a vinyl squeegee and scalpel. Cut the vinyl to shape making sure you have plenty to wrap around the edges. Support the panel off the ground on a box or similar item that is of a smaller size so that the vinyl will not stick to it. Peel off the backing and lay onto the panel, you will find that the vinyl will be fairly easy to remove from the panel allowing for reposition if required. Working from the centre carefully squeegee down. Edges should be gently heated and then tightly wrap around the back of the panel. Turn the panel over and using a ruler and scalpel carefully trim the excess vinyl leaving around 10mm on the back. To ensure a good adhesion to the panel and for longevity apply clear nail varnish sparingly along the edge to seal.
• These techniques can be used in most applications of the vinyl.
• Please not that the ‘wet’ technique should never be used on any porous surfaces.
• Always make sure the surface is clean and free from wax or similar products.
• Test a small piece of vinyl so you can gauge the adhesion.