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Air bubbles on metal signs

Discussion in 'Newbie Forum' started by dgipe454, Nov 23, 2006.

  1. dgipe454

    dgipe454 New Member

    Nov 23, 2006
    I am a newbie and have learned a lot but have a lot to learn. I have no problem with banners and core plastic but everytime I try to do metal signs I get a bunch of little bubbles under the vinyl. I clean the surface with alcohol, tape in middle and lay one side at a time.. I've tried squeezes, rolling pins and other things... Is their a trick, or do I need a tool like the Big Squeezie.. If so what model for a 24" cutter? Thanks Denny
  2. bob

    bob Major Contributor

    Nov 4, 2005
    There's not a trick, there's just good technique. The flatter and more non-porous the substrate the better your technique needs to be. What you describe might indicate that you're not using the squeegee to put the vinyl in initial contact with the substrate, you're not using sufficient pressure, the pressure isn't reasonably uniform across the entire edge of the squeegee, you're not properly overlapping your squeegee strokes, or some combination of these things.

    Especially properly overlapping your strokes.
  3. imaSIGNr

    imaSIGNr Very Active Member

    Jan 15, 2006
    There are all the pros and cons of using wet applications to get air bubbles out by using such things as Rapid Tac, Splash etc. It may work for you if you are somewhat new to it. You could try it ...and what bob says, it comes down to technique even if you use wet appl......
  4. nxtremesign

    nxtremesign Member

    Aug 4, 2005
    sound like u need to used more pressure and over lap the squeegee strokes
  5. Techman

    Techman Major Contributor

    Jun 24, 2003
    Its all technique But first you have to use a properly prepared squeegee. And you must have properly prepared/applied app tape as well.

    App juice is not needed or could be needed. All depends on your prepaeration skill.s
  6. The Big Squeegee

    The Big Squeegee Major Contributor

    Of course you could do it the easy way with a Big Squeegee!

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