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Cutting the backing (liner) on vinyl without cutting the vinyl?

Discussion in 'General Chit-Chat' started by phototec, Oct 22, 2012.

  1. phototec

    phototec Very Active Member

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    Cutting the backing (liner) on vinyl without cutting the vinyl?

    Attended the Mutoh wrap training class in Dallas in 2010 with Justin Pate, and he used a special knife to cut out the center section of the backing material before installing the vinyl, creating a center hinge area, while leaving the backing on the rest of the vinyl.

    I can't remember the name of the knife (cutter), does anyone know the name of this type of cutter or where to get one?

    Thanks
     
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    signs+banners New Member

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    Olfa makes a liner cutting tool that works great. I would be willing to bet there are several MM here who carry them.
     
  3. I went to the same course in Vancouver, BC and when Justin was hinging the vinyl he just ripped it....said the backing would not leave any dust specs!
     
  4. CanuckSigns

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    I think he called it a "zippy"
     
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    Here's what I use:
    http://www.3m.com/brands/scotch/cutters/index.html
    It's gift wrap cutter, not what it's intended for obviously, but you can get one at wal-mart for a couple bucks. I use it all the time for cutting the backer without cutting the vinyl and it does an awesome job.
    I've also heard that you can use a seam ripper. http://www.amazon.com/Dritz-Seam-Ripper-5-1-2/dp/B0001DSIVY
    I read that in Rob Ivers' book but never really tried it. He said to use put the ball against the adhesive of the vinyl and just slide it up and cut. Like I said, never tried that, but the gift wrap cutter works awesome!
     
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    Here is a video of Justin Pate, and he is shown using the cutter and I think he calls it a "smitty"?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZMvEG6oYCU

    Anyone know what this "smitty" is?
     
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  8. Its called a "Snitty" My supplier sells them, and I have also seen them in sewing stores.
     
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    I have been using the 3M cutters too but I am switching over to the Vescom
    cutter from SignWarehouse. Gene
     
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    phototec Very Active Member

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    I went looking for the 3M Scotch paper cutter, Wally World didn't have them, so I went to Office Max, they had the Scotch paper cutter for $5.99 ea, and right next to them they had the Westcott brand paper cutter for $3.00 ea. and the Westcott says it has a Titanium blade that lasts 3 times longer than stainless steel.

    So, I grabbed several of the Westcott brand paper cutters for $3.00 ea, seamed like a good deal and anytime I have an opportunity to NOT buy from 3M is a good thing!

    I hope this info can help someone else?

    :thumb:
     

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    You wont regret it. I use it all the time to create hinges on bonnets etc. No paper tearing nice clean cuts.
     
  14. 4R Graphics

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    Yah the yellow tool is expensive but I love the one I have the metal parts that are up against the adhesive are teflon coated so it wont stick.

    The one signwarhouse has is nice also and half the price but I like the yellow tool better because of the teflon coating.
     
  15. CP Signs

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    Well, I've been using a little plastic envelope opener for years and it's awesome. And about $1 each,lol. I can take a picture of it when I get to the shop if you want to see it.
     
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    Sorry, bad picture.
     

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