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Fitting Guide

Applying vinyl decals, graphics and letters

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WHAT ARE VINYL DECALS AND GRAPHICS

Vinyl decals and graphics are programmed by a computer and cut by a plotter. Once the decal or graphic has been cut, the unwanted vinyl is removed from the background Silicon coated carrier sheet, a process called "weeding". The carrier sheet with the decal or graphics is then covered with low tack application tape. When the decal or graphics are applied, they are "picked up" by the application tape and peeled off the carrier sheet. They can now be burnished in position on any smooth non-porous surface.

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1 POSITION YOUR COMPLETE VINYL DECAL

Hold the complete un-peeled decal in position. Measure and make sure the position is accurate. Using masking tape, anchor the complete sheet in position, with two strips of tape, one at the top and one at the bottom.

2 PEEL HALF THE VINYL OFF THE CARRIER SHEET

Lift one side of the vinyl decal by its application tape. NOTE: the vinly decal will adhere to the application tape. With scissors or a scalpel, trim away the carrier sheet for that half of the vinyl decal.

3  APPLY HALF OF THE VINYL DECAL TO YOUR SURFACE

Hold the application tape with the vinyl image so that it is suspended slightly off the intended surface. Pull the application tape taut so that the decal will burnish onto the surface smoothly. NOTE: Don't pull too hard as you may release the masking tape anchors. Starting in the centre, begin to burnish down the vinyl decal with a smooth flat edge such as an old credit card or car body filler spreader card. Apply pressure to evenly force the air from beneath the vinyl decal. Work your way to the outside edges of the application tape. Be sure to burnish every area of the decal.

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4 REPEAT FOR THE OTHER HALF AND REMOVE TAPE

Repeat steps 2 and 3 for the other half of your vinyl decal. When it has all been burnished, burnish again, applying more pressure over the entire area. The starting at one corner carefully peel away the apllication tape, pully slowly at an angle.

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