Sign & Digital Graphics

2016 WRAPS

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2 0 1 6 • WRAPS • 89 Depending on the size, location and type of graphic being installed, it may be necessary to use an application tape. For most applications a medium-tack appli- cation tape will be sufficient. Recommended Application Procedures A wet application technique is gener- ally the best method for applying these types of films on glass. The application fluid allows for easy positioning of the graphic because it can slide into place on the glass. The fluid also helps make it easier for the installer to push out any air bubbles during the installation. The application fluid can be a pre- mixed solution such as Rapid Tac or something you mix yourself. Two other options are an IPA and water mix (75 per- cent water to 25 percent IPA) or a soap and water solution of one teaspoon of soap to one gallon of water. If you are using the soap and water solution, be sure to use a soap that does not contain any perfumes or lotions as these can cause adhesion issues to the glass. Please note that when applying graphics to an exterior window, the surface temperature of the glass needs to be 50 degrees or warmer. Pressure sensitive adhesives do not stick well to cold surface substrates. Following these tips and techniques will help you achieve a very suc- cessful application. The first step, of course, is to thoroughly clean the glass surface, making sure there are no fingerprints, dust or debris that can get trapped under the film. If an application tape was used as in this example, allow the application fluid a few minutes to dry and allow the adhesive to bond to the glass. Then remove the appli- cation tape keeping it parallel to the glass (pulling it back on itself at a 180 degree angle) to minimize the possibility of lifting the applied graphic. Remove the liner from the graphic and position the graphic on the area where the fluid was sprayed.

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