Vinyl Application to Wood Panels


Vinyl application to stained and varnished wood can be problematic, if the panel is not prepared properly. Some factory-finished panels have a slightly stippled textured, which can interfere with the adhesive making complete contact with the substrate. Read more

Maintaining Color Quality & Uniformity


A customer had encountered a problem whenever she printed grey. When the prints were viewed inside, the color was dead on. But viewed outside, in the sun the grey immediately turned green. The other day she printed a beautiful grey horse and laminated it. As soon as the print was viewed outside, the grey took on a green tint. Was this a problem with the laminate? Not necessarily. Read more

Outgassing Paint and Vinyl Graphics


Have you ever seen the effects of outgassing paint on applied vinyl graphics? It’s not pretty. When the problem starts, it looks as if the surface of the film has had a breakout of severe acne. Tiny bubbles underneath the film grow until they merge together forming larger, more ominous bubbles. Read more

An Alternative to Spray Adhesive for Textile Printers


Many years ago, I had one of those bright ideas that backfired on me. Instead of extruding lines of adhesive across the web of a production line laminating one sheet of paper to another, I replaced the extrusion heads with six spray values. Read more

How to Select the Right Overlaminate


Selecting the right overlaminate for a particular graphics application requires just as must consideration as selecting the right digital print media. And for many, it can be just as confusing, if not more so. Read more

How to Fix Edge Peeling Vinyl Graphics


Once a graphic starts peeling, forget about trying to reapply any edges, which have already lifted. The adhesive on these peeled edges have most likely been contaminated with dirt. Read more

3-Step Prep for Vehicle Graphics


Whether you are installing trailer graphics or doing a full wrap of a car or van, surface preparation involves a three-step process of detergent washing, solvent cleaning and a final wipe down with IPA. Read more

Designing Vehicle Graphics


Many of the basic rules for designing outdoor advertising and transit advertising are also relevant when you design vehicle graphics. The cardinal design rule is: Keep It Simple. Read more

How to Apply Vinyl Graphics to Corrugations


Shortcuts can lead to problems. About 25 years ago I inspected a graphics failure on a corrugated trailer. The vinyl had lifted from the valleys of the corrugations and was cracking and peeling from the trailer surface. The installer had taken one of those shortcuts. Read more

Shopping for a Heat Press


With so many makes and models of heat presses, selecting one is usually confusing. To make the right purchasing decision for your business, you need to thoroughly investigate your options. Start by asking the right questions. Here’s what you should know before you sign on the dotted line. Read more

The Right Way to do a Wet Application


Using an application fluid can aid the application of a vinyl films that have an aggressive adhesive system. The application fluid helps float the graphic onto the surface to prevent pre-adhesion (the vinyl sticking before you want it to). Read more

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