Home PageWindow Films (etched-glass / frosted-glass effect etc.)Wall and Door GraphicsMagnetics (for vehicles and fridges etc.)Gift IdeasWheelie Bin DecalsMiscellaneous ItemsContact UsOnline Shop

Search
Catagories
Home Page
Window Films
Wall Graphics
Magnetics
Gift Ideas
Wheelie Bin Decals
Miscellaneous
Contact Us
Online Shop
 
Extras
Fitting Advice
About Us
Business Clients
Comments/Feedback
Links Page
 
 

Keyline Graphix - commercial sector
Keyline Graphix -
For all your business graphics, magnetics, window films and signage etc.

As with most other websites on the internet, the search facility etc on this site uses Javascript. If you have any problems navigating, please use our SITE MAP to search the website.

Fitting Hints & Tips


Vehicle Graphics
(Including cars, vans, caravans, wheel covers etc...)

Firstly ensure that the panels are clean, (free from dust, wax, grease etc.), and try to avoid working in extremely hot or cold temperatures. If large vinyls are to be fitted, it may help if two people work together.

You can either fit the vinyl wet or dry, (see below.) Wet application should mainly be used on larger items, or if you are new to the process. (The water helps to make repositioning easier.) Dry application is quicker, but much more care must be taken to avoid air-bubbles etc appearing in the vinyl.

vinyl image


car photo
Wet application:

Firstly moisten the panel, either using a spray-bottle or sponge/non-fluffy cloth etc. (a very slight amount of mild washing-up liquid can be added if required, though it's not normally essential.)

Dry application:


No need for any the above!
Carefully remove the vinyl graphics by lifting up the 'application tape' from the 'silicon release paper backing', (making sure that all the vinyl decals are lifted up with it), avoiding finger marks on the vinyl itself. Larger sheets may need two people to work together. One to hold the application tape/graphics by two corners, and the other to carefully peel back the white, glossy silicon backing paper. When it's nearly all removed the second person should then take hold of the remaining two corners of the tape/graphics. It can now be taken over to the vehicle, keeping it taut as you go, and avoiding fabrics, clothing etc., otherwise dust and fluff can be attracted to the static of the vinyl.
(Note: If any parts of the graphic refuses to lift, simply place the whole graphic (still on its backing) on a firm surface and rub over the 'application tape' with your finger nail to press the section back against the silicon paper. Also see the 'Problem solving' section below for further details.)
vinyl photo
car photo
Tack the graphics gently on the panel, using a tape measure at this point if required. If it needs repositioning, quickly pull it off and try again.
Once you are happy with the positioning, start to flatten it to the surface using a plastic squeegee, firm credit card or a cloth. It may help if you hold the vinyl slightly away from the surface as you proceed. Working from the centre outwards, press down the vinyl pushing the water/air out towards the edges. If using the 'wet' method, try to avoid letting the vinyl slide about as you are working. When fitting decals over moulded panels, feed the vinyl in to follow the contours. If the graphics need to be fitted over door edges etc., just temporarily ignore the fact when flattening them ... once the application tape is removed, any vinyl which goes over the gaps can simply be slit with a craft-knife and moulded into the seams. (See the 'Problem solving' section below for further details.)
car photo
car photo
If fitted dry, the application tape can now be carefully removed by peeling away from the panel at 180 degrees, (flat on itself.) Note: If fitted using the 'wet application' method, you may need to wait for quite a while before removing the application tape. (It is impossible to give a precise timescale as no two situations are the same. Cold temperatures, inticacy of the design, and even the brand /concentration of any added washing-up liquid can all have an affect on the drying-time. It's best if you can check every so often to see if the application tape can be carefully removed. If the graphics have not yet adhered to the panel, then it will need to be left longer.)
Once fitted, check for any water/air bubbles. If they won't push out, use a pin or scalpel blade to carefully pop them, then squeeze out the water/air. (Note: It's always best to prick one edge of the bubble, rather than the centre. You can then push the water/air out towards the pinhole.)
car photo
car photo
Job done!
If fitted using the 'wet application' method, please drive with caution for a short while, or preferably leave the vehicle parked-up until totally dry.
Please do not wash or polish vehicle for at least one week.
(Thereafter, normal washing can be done, but care must always be taken, especially with dusters and sponges, around the decal edges.) If using a steam-cleaner, always keep the nozzle a reasonable distance away from the graphics, and preferably point it directly at them [90 degrees] - rather than on an angle. (This helps to prevent water from being forced sideways under the vinyl.)


TOP

Problem solving:

Air bubbles
Vehicle rivets
Door edges
Vehicle panels

Problems lifting the vinyl from the silicon release backing
Notes on removal of old decals


Air bubbles:

If any air bubbles are present, and they won't push out, use a pin or scalpel blade to carefully pop them, then squeeze out the water/air. (Note: It's always best to prick one edge of the bubble, rather than the centre. You can then push the water/air out towards the pinhole.) Use the back of your finger nail to re-flatten the bubble area. Repeat the pin-prick method if required.
window vinyl photo



Vehicle rivets:

If you come across any rivets, or similar, whilst fitting your graphics, the following method can be used to enable a neat finish:

After flattening the surrounding area, push the vinyl towards the rivet with your finger until you end up with a small air bubble. Carefully make two or three pin-pricks through the vinyl, around the rivet, and use the squeegee, firm credit card or your finger nail to press the vinyl into the edges of the rivet - pushing any air out towards the pin-holes. (Try to avoid splitting the vinyl during the process.)

(Though not essential, it can sometimes help if some heat is applied to the surface by means of an electric heat gun or hot hair dryer.) If fitted using the 'wet application' method you may need to wait a while for it to dry before getting a satisfactory result.

(Always take care when using any heat against paintwork and glass. Keep the heat gun well away from the surface - and also be careful not to overheat your own fingers!)
vinyl graphic image



Door edges:

If you encounter any door edges whilst fitting your graphics, just continue for the time-being as if they weren't there! Flatten the decals to the surface and carefully remove the application tape as described in the above 'fitting instructions'.

Now you need to press the vinyl gently into the gap with your finger, and then carefully cut down either side of the door edges, (letting the craft-knife blade be guided downwards by the door edges themselves - taking care not to scratch any paintwork of course), so that you are left holding a thin strip of vinyl - which can then be discarded. Flatten the newly cut edges of the vinyl with your finger again.

(Though not essential, it can sometimes help if some heat is applied to the surface by means of an electric heat gun or hot hair dryer.) If fitted using the 'wet application' method you may need to wait a while for it to dry before getting a satisfactory result.

(Always take care when using any heat against paintwork and glass. Keep the heat gun well away from the surface - and also be careful not to overheat your own fingers!)
vinyl graphic image



Vehicle panels:

It's always best to try to avoid fitting the vinyl graphics over 'deep' vehicle panels, but sometimes it is necessary. Should such an occasion arise, the following guide may come in useful:

Flatten the decals to the surface and remove the application tape as described in the above 'fitting instructions'. Now you need to gently press the vinyl into any panel edges and mouldings using your finger or thumb. If it's just a shallow ridge, the vinyl should mould quite easily. But if it is quite deep, you may need to apply some gentle heat, using an electric heat gun or hot hair dryer. This softens the vinyl allowing it to be moulded more easily.

(Always take care when using any heat against paintwork and glass. Keep the heat gun well away from the surface - and also be careful not to overheat your own fingers!)
vinyl graphic image



Problems lifting the vinyl from the silicon release backing:

On very rare occasions, especially after the graphics have been stored for quite a while before fitting, the vinyl lettering may not lift up from the silicon release backing sheet straight away. This is easily overcome by doing the following:

Place the graphics (still on the backing sheet) on a firm surface, (facing upwards), and press the decals down using a squeegee, firm credit card or cloth, by using firm strokes over the application tape. This gives the application tape an extra hold ready to lift the graphics. If you still seem to be having a problem, carefully turn the complete sheet over, so that the graphics are now facing downwards. Now remove the silicon release backing from the application tape/graphics, (pressing down any stubborn areas as you go.) Once the silicon backing is removed you will be left with the graphics, on the application tape, (sticky-side up), ready to be fitted to your required surface.



Notes on removal of old decals:


Use an electric heat gun or hot hair dryer to gently warm the vinyl to be removed, taking care not to overheat any glass or painted surfaces etc. Carefully lift one corner of the vinyl, using a blade or window-scraper etc., and peel away the vinyl. Repeat on all required sections until completely removed. Any slight glue residue left behind can easily be removed using a 'Tar and Glue Remover', (which is available from most car accessory shops), or white spirit.



Important: Please take care when using the extremely hot heat guns, especially where glass, paintwork and other similar surfaces are concerned. They are quite safe and efficient to use, providing care is taken. Always hold the heat gun 'well away' from the surface, and your own hands, while you work. Just enough warmth to allow the vinyl to be softened is all that is necessary. Always handle heat guns with care and keep them away from children. Also always allow them time to cool down afterwards before storing away.




These instructions, as well as any others on this site, are merely intended as a guide to fitting our various products. Although we endeavour to be as efficient as possible with our instructions, and include as many details as we can, we cannot be held responsible for any problems, damages or indeed injuries, which might occur. As with all DIY projects, the person or persons carrying out the work is/are held responsible. ( Terms and Conditions )