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Adele Brennan

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Post Sat Aug 01, 2009 1:56 pm

can someone help with fitting large sheet of vinyl please?

I have 2 sheetes of opaque acrylic that need to be covered fully in white vinyl. The sheets are 6 feet by 2 feet. Having some trouble getting the vinyl on crease free.

Should I attempt it wet? Really don't want to waste any more vinyl and want to get this one finished over the weekend.

Can anyone help?
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Post Sat Aug 01, 2009 2:18 pm

If you're having problems, and a tight deadline, then do it any way you can.

If that's wet, then so be it. :D

Dry is better though so, when you've got a bit of time, practice and be ready for next time.
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Post Sat Aug 01, 2009 2:26 pm

If you do it wet use a window cleaning squeegee. Wet the vinyl, apply, then wet the surface and use the window cleaner. Hope that makes sense!
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Adele Brennan

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Post Sat Aug 01, 2009 4:13 pm

Thanks for the advice.

Got my brother in law to come up later and help. This is the 1st time i have had to lay full sheets on. Assumed it would be easier..need an extra set of hands!!

Not only do I need to lay vinyl better I need to learn to be more patient!!
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Post Sat Aug 01, 2009 4:47 pm

Adele Brennan wrote:This is the 1st time i have had to lay full sheets on. Assumed it would be easier..

It's not difficult Adele, especially at only 6 x 2. Even I could manage that size, and that's saying something. :D

Practice, and it will come quickly.
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Post Sat Aug 01, 2009 6:00 pm

hi adele as john says its not difficult to flood, if you are using a method which suits you. If its vinyl wider than 610,mm I use a carboard inner tube. You start off with taping your subsrate to workbench, slit about 2 inches of the backing paper off the back and apply the end of vinyl to the sign. you then pull back the backing paper and rest it on the inner tube, this makes the vinyl taut and easier to control, when applying with felt squeegie. i have attatched a quick diagram of what im trying to explain and a couple of flooded examples, hope this helps and you understood what i meant :D
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Adele Brennan

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Post Sat Aug 01, 2009 7:53 pm

Thanks for that info.

We got it done ok in the end. Put it on wet with a window squeegee no probs. But it did take 2 of us to do it :-?

Will be better prepared for next time for sure!

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