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Discussion in 'Newbie Forum' started by mountainmang, Apr 8, 2007.

  1. mountainmang

    mountainmang Active Member

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    i'm installing large 3 color graphics on a trailer that are 85 x 42. i've done plenty of large graphics but none this large that's a solid square...no separations in the vinyl anywhere.

    my question is this...i did the back 2 days ago that was 60 x 40 and it looked a little rough. i misted it with rapid tac, squeegeed hard but there was still an inordinate amount of moisture left underneath. i'm sure it will dry but i would like it to look nicer from the get-go. i think this happened simply because the graphic was so large and 3 layers...just a lot of vinyl and nowhere for the moisture to go??

    i do most things dry but i'm a little uneasy about trying such a large graphic dry....any suggestions??
     
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  2. Shovelhead

    Shovelhead Major Contributor

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    Line it up....hinge it.....

    and get another hand....no need to wet.
    That simple.
     
  3. mountainmang

    mountainmang Active Member

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    would YOU use a felt squeegee or a hard card?
     
  4. Shovelhead

    Shovelhead Major Contributor

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    3M gold squeegie.....

    with rug part of Velcro.....if it's laminated....
    and it should be.
     
  5. mountainmang

    mountainmang Active Member

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    if what's laminated? i have never laminated any plain vinyl that's not printed.
     
  6. PGSigns

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    What material? For something that big you will need two people and a stiff squigie. If it is regulat HP I would do it with a hinge and a little wet to prevent it from sticking to soon. The excess moisture is from not getting it down without missing spots as you go. I would use a 6" blade with velcro on the edge, can get good presure and it slides easy.
    Jimmy
     
  7. mountainmang

    mountainmang Active Member

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    fdc 2100 cast
     
  8. Shovelhead

    Shovelhead Major Contributor

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    I assumed....

    you were laying digital prints.
     
  9. imaSIGNr

    imaSIGNr Very Active Member

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    If you are going to do WET apl., then you must FLOOD area, not just a little fluid.
     
  10. mountainmang

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    welp, i got the big mutha done...i think it'll be ok :thumb:

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  11. steve b

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    Wow looks great! That is a big one.

    steveb
     
  12. vinylbarry

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    Looks good did you apply over the screws or did you remove them ???

    Wet Or Dry??

    :thumb: :thumb: Good Job
     
  13. mountainmang

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    thanks :thumb: i took the screws out and misted lightly with rt2.
     
  14. Craig Sjoquist

    Craig Sjoquist Major Contributor

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    looks great A+...my neighbor had his same size trailer done lots of logos like yours ...lol lol and it looks like crap ... sure is nice to see how it should of looked .... of course he wanted done cheap ..and did not want to pay me to have done even as half as nice as yours lol lol lol
    Thank You n enjoy life
     
  15. Checkers

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    I would normally recommend the original Rapid Tac on this type of install and save RT II for glass.
    Although the directions on RT II don't specifically state "soak the sh*t out of it", you need to apply a lot more fluid than a light misting. The purpose of the fluid is to act as a barrier between the adhesive and the substrate and prevent them from sticking them together before you squeegee it.
    So, the next time you use eith Rapid Tac, spray enough fluid so the adhesive is totally covered. Even spray some on the substrate too. Once you got the vinyl where you want it, using firm pressure, squeegee out from the center of the graphic, pushing the fluid to the nearest edge. You better work quick though. RT II makes the vinyl stick real well real fast.

    Checkers
     
  16. mountainmang

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    thanks :thumb: i had both but chose rt2 because it was 35 degrees.
     
  17. imaSIGNr

    imaSIGNr Very Active Member

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    Many corporate logos on there.......HMMMMMMM ?? I'm sure you've gotten permission from them all...
     
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  18. Replicator

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    Looks Good !
     
  19. mountainmang

    mountainmang Active Member

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    nice try :rolleyes: the client got co-op'd for all of 'em...some of the vendors emailed me directly. if you have something to say to me then pm me and don't beat around the bush :thumb:
     
  20. trakers

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    If I may be so bold (and take the 5th if you want to) but what kind of money could one expect to get paid for a job like that?

    Big $$ I assume.

    Oh, and it looks awesome. Scary as heck to this vinyl neophyte.
     
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