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Post Mon Mar 17, 2014 12:33 am

Advice needed applying Contravision?

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Can anybody enlighten me as to the best method of Contravision application - single handed?
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Post Mon Mar 17, 2014 12:55 am

With one hand, your going to find holding the media and squeegeeing tricky mate!

If you get any bubbles in a perforated media, your off to a bad start. :-?





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Post Mon Mar 17, 2014 5:22 am

Robert Lambie wrote:With one hand, your going to find holding the media and squeegeeing tricky mate!:

That's what I thought. On to Plan B.
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Post Mon Mar 17, 2014 9:32 am

whats it going onto and what size?.......please dont just say a window lol

is it a large shop window or the back window of a car etc..
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Post Mon Mar 17, 2014 9:58 am

hinge method.?.. I always use tape as another pair of hands..
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Post Mon Mar 17, 2014 12:45 pm

Its going on the five rear windows of a Nissan Urvan. Each window approx. 4 feet by 2, so not that big. The back window has a slight curve.
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Post Mon Mar 17, 2014 5:09 pm

For me the best way is to tape it up and align on the window then hinge from one side.

Peel backing paper off and quickly tack it all on.

Then start from the middle and squeegy it out untill it comes to the curves then gently stretch to fit then do the same to the other half.

Best doing it when temp is cool, can be quite sticky when its warm.

When its applied trim back about quarter inch, i use quarter inch lining tape.

Then when your finished give the whole widow a good heat to get the vinyl to stay down on the bits you stretched....obviously dont over heat the glass.

remeber give the glass a good clean, i like the avery cleaner.

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Post Tue Mar 18, 2014 9:03 pm

I think I should add that the contravision has been laminated with that super clear laminate, so it is very liable to get air bubbles if not applied in the correct sequence. I cannot tack it down all round the window and simply squeegee from the middle out, or it will look very ugly. it absolutely has to be held away from the glass everywhere except where it is actually being squeegeed.
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Post Wed Mar 19, 2014 1:54 am

HI Simon,sorry slightly off topic,do you cut these the exact size of the windows or trim in after just wondered how you stop water/weather getting between the laminate and the contravision or is the laminate wider than the material and seals the edges.??J :)
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Post Wed Mar 19, 2014 8:57 am

I decided to go for it and apply the contravision to the van. I used a lot of tape to hold the material in place, and I taped a piece of wood along the free edge to use to hold it away from the glass in a more controllable fashion while I squeegeed it using a teflon squeegee, very slowly. No air bubbles, no mess. All the windows went on easily.
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Post Wed Mar 19, 2014 8:59 am

John I trim the material down from oversize and use 3M edge sealer.
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Post Wed Mar 19, 2014 9:52 am

I use the guard knife to cut a 3 inch strip of backing paper off then align as normal. You can then work side to side with ease like the centre hinge method

http://www.signmakingtools.co.uk/30322/ ... 4103&ack=9
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Post Wed Mar 19, 2014 11:45 am

that looks good Simon :)

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