Cutting Edge Graphix Ltd 5082 80 Ave SE Calgary, AB T2C 2X3 CA

Custom Decals, Vinyl Signs, Vehicle Graphics and PPF wrap

Custom Decals, Vinyl Signs, Vehicle Graphics and PPF wrap

Custom Decals, Vinyl Signs, Vehicle Graphics and PPF wrapCustom Decals, Vinyl Signs, Vehicle Graphics and PPF wrapCustom Decals, Vinyl Signs, Vehicle Graphics and PPF wrap

 Preparation


The vinyl decal application should be made in temperatures ranging from 10°C to 32°C. The Surface Temperature must be between 15°C and 32°C, noting  the ideal range is between 21°C to 27°C.  


Do not install graphics outdoors if winds exceed 20 km/h. Blown dirt, dust or other contaminates may interfere with the bonding of the graphic adhesive to the vehicle during installation. Try to avoid installing decals in direct sunlight to reduce stretching or other undesired effects.  


The surface must be properly prepared prior to installation of the graphics. It MUST be cleaned prior to any application of vinyl graphic/striping products. Wash the vehicle surface with detergent and water, then thoroughly rinse the surface with water and dry completely. Saturate a clean cloth with isopropyl alcohol and wipe the surface of the vehicle where the vinyl is to be applied to remove any contaminates such as silicone, wax, or adhesives. Dry the surface with a lint free paper towel. 


WARNING: Do not use any aromatic solvents such as acetone, toluene, paint thinner; lacquer thinner, gasoline or ammonia-based cleaners to clean the vehicle surface.


You will need:  

  • Squeegee or firm credit card  
  • Snappy TM knife or sharp razor blade  
  •  ¾ in masking tape  
  •  Spray bottle with water and soap solution (the wet method only)  


Dry Method  

  • Align the decal in the desired position. Tape it in place using masking tape along the top edge of the transfer tape.  
  • Lift up the free end of the decal and peel the backing paper away from the decal at a sharp angle.  
  • Starting from the top edge of the decal near the masking tape, wipe down over the transfer tape with a credit card. Firmly go over the entire decal surface until it is completely adhered to the surface.  
  • Slowly and carefully peel the transfer tape from the top of the decal. Don’t pull the tape away from the surface. Peel the tape at a sharp angle, so you may press on top of the decal as you peel. If any part of the decal starts to come up with the tape, run over that part of the decal with a credit card and try to peel the tape again.  


Wet Method  

  • Use application fluid to spray the surface area where your decal will be installed. Make sure the surface area is completely sprayed down. Then generously spray application fluid onto the adhesive side of the decal.  
  • Place the decal (adhesive side down) on to the surface. Once you have it in position, go over the decal with the squeegee. Push the application fluid out with firm strokes assuring the decal is adhering to the surface. Repeat this a few times until most of the application fluid between the decal and the surface has been removed.  
  • Once the decal is dry, peel off the pre-mask from the decal and surface. 


Final Check:


Once the pre-mask is removed, make for sure all the vinyl decal is adhered to the surface. You will likely see small air or water bubbles. If so, you may wish to make a small cut into the vinyl with a razor and use your squeegee to push the air or water out. Most air or water bubbles will disappear within a few weeks. 


Allow a few days for the decal to cure before washing or waxing.  


Removing Vinyl Decals:


A razor blade or scraper may be used to remove decals from glass, mirrors, and windows. Do not use a blade or scraping tool on any surface that may be scratched or damaged. A blow dryer may be used to heat the decal to make removal easier. Use your fingernail to peel up the edges of the decal but be careful not to scratch the surface!

Cold weather application tips

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