Welcome To Signs101.com: Largest Forum for Signmaking Professionals

Signs101.com: Largest Forum for Signmaking Professionals is the LARGEST online community & discussion forum for professional sign-makers and graphic designers.

 


  1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Application fluid and why?

Discussion in 'Polls' started by Dixonsignshop, May 13, 2009.

Application Fluids

  1. Rapid Tac or similar

    64 vote(s)
    61.0%
  2. Water and a drop of dish soap

    28 vote(s)
    26.7%
  3. Other

    13 vote(s)
    12.4%
  1. Dixonsignshop

    Dixonsignshop Member

    55
    0
    0
    Apr 30, 2008
    Strictly on vinyl lettering …

    Rapid Tac or similar
    Water and a drop of dish soap
    Other
     
    Tags:
  2. Billct2

    Billct2 Major Contributor

    7,461
    640
    113
    Mar 12, 2005
    New England
    Rapid tac or similar ONLY when absolutely necessary.
    By the way I like the new RT cold weather formula
     
  3. petepaz

    petepaz Major Contributor

    4,333
    81
    48
    Feb 14, 2007
    NJ/NY/PA
    i go dry
    no lube what so ever
    ( i will use water and a few drops of dish soap when doing large applications on glass)
     
  4. Checkers

    Checkers Very Active Member

    2,698
    3
    0
    Jul 24, 2003
    I rarely do wet applications. However, when I do, I will only use Rapid Tac I & II.
    They make some great cleaners too - Rapid Remover and Rapid Prep. Actually, I prefer not to use Rapid Prep when prepping for vinyl installations. The stuff works too good and makes the vinyl stick really well.
    I also use their Polish on my glass/electric cook-top, which looks great when I'm done.

    Checkers
     
  5. Pro Image

    Pro Image Major Contributor

    4,550
    0
    36
    Nov 28, 2005
    Those Baliey Boys will never see another dime of my money..........

    I'll uses chicken crap instead.........

    I use straight water when I do use a wet method.............
     
  6. Marlene

    Marlene Major Contributor

    10,970
    264
    83
    Jun 8, 2004
    Vermont
    ooops, I voted and then saw
    I never use any application fluid to apply vinyl letters as there is no good reason to do so. I use it on large applications of soild vinyl so that I can move it around and it doesn't stick to itself. I use both application fluid and soap and water.
     
  7. mountainmang

    mountainmang Active Member

    692
    0
    0
    Apr 7, 2007
    i've always found roger to be a great fella :help
     
  8. Bigdawg

    Bigdawg Just Me

    7,459
    133
    63
    Jun 8, 2005
    Sunny Florida
    Hmmm.. won't go there john...

    But I never lay down vinyl wet except when I have to do it as a color backer for a large sign... and still very rarely.
     
  9. weaselboogie

    weaselboogie Very Active Member

    3,835
    9
    38
    Apr 23, 2006
    Us
    Ditto...
     
  10. Red Ball

    Red Ball Very Active Member

    1,001
    8
    38
    Aug 20, 2008
    IRVING, TEXAS
    Rarely use a wet method. When we do we use Rapid Tac.

    And NEVER recommend wet to customers.
    Reason is:
    You say a measured quart of water with one or two drops of soap, they hear about a cup of water and a good manly squeeze of soap from the bottle.
     
  11. cdiesel

    cdiesel Very Active Member

    3,515
    0
    36
    Jan 28, 2005
    Phoenix, AZ
    I screwed up too--missed the vinyl lettering part. Lettering is ALWAYS done dry. We do wet apps on rock guard and large windows.
     
  12. Biker Scout

    Biker Scout Very Active Member

    1,505
    4
    38
    Jan 24, 2008
    Las Vegas
    A mist of Invisible Glass works really well. (Spray Bottle, not Aerosol)

    It has no ammonia and evaporates faster than water & soap or rapid tac etc... leaves little bit residue that you can't lightly buff with a paper towel and makes the window clean and shiny when done. But not like the mess soap and water leave.

    Also, doesn't mess with solvent based inks either. We only use this on glass. Everything else is dry.

    If you ever need to install window perf on business windows, inside or outside, Invisible Glass is a life saver, if you don't have a pair of extra hands. But only if you've not laminated of course.
     
  13. bob

    bob Major Contributor

    5,273
    306
    83
    Nov 4, 2005
    earth
    I can't recall when last I applied anything wet.

    I use Rapid Tac II for a final wipe cleaner on windows and vehicles. I figure if I somehow don't get the surface completely dry it won't screw anything up. The stuff makes a great cleaner, if you wear glasses try cleaning them with a bit of Rapid Tac.
     
  14. LavelleSign

    LavelleSign Member

    41
    0
    0
    May 3, 2009
    Ill only wet apply etched glass vinyl and large translucent vinyl, I usually mix a combo of diluted rapid tac and alcohol, the alcohol makes the fluid evaporate quicker leaving less water trapped under the vinyl.
     
  15. geb

    geb Very Active Member

    1,844
    4
    38
    Apr 23, 2003
    Adirondacks
    Triple here, I use Action Tac when I have to use wet.
    George
     
  16. Wet when it calls for it. Palmolive, TWO DROPS, cap full of alcohol to a silver spray bottle.
     
  17. Pat Whatley

    Pat Whatley Major Contributor

    8,592
    86
    48
    Sep 29, 2003
    Wetumpka, AL
    Rapid Tac when absolutely necessary...never on glass. I rarely use it, my current quart bottle is probably 9 months old.

    roger may come across as a royal ***** but the times I've talked to him on the phone he's really a nice guy and his stuff works incredibly well.
     
  18. Joe Diaz

    Joe Diaz Very Active Member

    We have our own secret family recipe:cool:
     
Loading...

Share This Page

 


Loading...