And I thot I have it nailed!

Whatd’ya know! How long have I been playing with vinyl stickers? 15 years ago was when I put the 1st vinyl decals on my 1st car! I wouldnt think that I’ll still make those beginners mistakes! Allright, so yesterday put me back in my place.

wet out the blue and 1 at a time

There I was, working with a new type of reflective material. Hah, I thot they be all the same… but no, this metallic material tears and wrinkle easily. Its not like vinyl which flexes and stretch! … And it bubbles! Very easily, and not easy to repair. .. Now, nobody really needs to know these stuff, so I should stop moaning and groaning.

Flip over and peel the back off

Hey, I have an order to deliver, so I must be able to produce right!? 

Overnight, I had to develop some tricks to overcome these challenges with the new material. 1st problem, how do I lift the yellow to put on the blue? Just peeling it with the transfer tape is causing wrinkles! Hmm… hey… why dont I try peeling the back off..? Oh wow! Thats the way to do it! No wrinkles!

Finally. good and bad, see the difference?

2nd problem, how do I put the yellow on the blue and no bubbles? Clean the blue really well with lint free cloth and the window cleaner. Make sure the surface is lint free! Wet out blue surface thoroughly with the window cleaner, then peel the back off the yellow, and line it up in small areas that I can manage. .. The whole lettering may be too much for my small hands… Touch down from a edge and push the goop out from under the yellow, using fingers… Finally use a squeegee..

8″ tall vinyls are quite difficult to manage… and putting on the final transfer tape is a chore by itself. … the transfer tape may wrinkle and cause bubbles under the final application. I needed more hands to help me hold and place the transfer tape on evenly… sigh… I thought sticky is a 1 man business… but it really is not! …


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