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Discussion in 'Newbie Forum' started by gunshy, Oct 27, 2007.

  1. gunshy

    gunshy Member

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    I'm not a newbie, I have been cutting and applying vinyl many years,
    but my question is newbie type.
    When I was first learning to apply vinyl I was always taught that if
    I was paneling vinyl to start low and the next panel up would over lap
    the lower panel. I notice that allot of jobs I see out there are not done this way.

    Sometimes, depending on the job, it's would be easier to start high and
    work down. How is everyone else paneling?
     
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  2. Techman

    Techman Major Contributor

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    your right. Botton to top is best.
    However, there are more than a few self taughts here who didn't get the benefit of other's experience.

    Botttom to top on a panel leaves no edge to catch water and dirt from which streaks form.
     
  3. N2Harpz

    N2Harpz Very Active Member

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    I thought about the water issue , but not the streaking. Good advice!
     
  4. gunshy

    gunshy Member

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    Tech, you ever cut corners on that?
    Sometimes when it isn't convenient to start low.
     
  5. Ken

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    In what situation would it be inconvienient to start at the bottom?
    Bottoms up!
    Ken
     
  6. Techman

    Techman Major Contributor

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    Nope.. If you can finish it when the edge is way low.. you can start when the edge is way low..

    I can spot a noob's panel job from the street. If the panel has been up a few weeks you can spot the friggin streaks.

    Even on vinyl lettering with straight tops such as a "T" there is a way to prevent streaks running down the face. Just gotta have some experience.
     
  7. Ken

    Ken Major Contributor

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    Hi Techman..can you enlighten me about your last comment?
    Thanks.
    Ken
     
  8. gunshy

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    Such as when the bottom up the decal need to end up at a certain height. I know there are work arounds, just wanted to see how everyone else here a installing.
     
  9. gunshy

    gunshy Member

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    That should have read:
    Such as when the top of the decal need to end up at a certain height.
     
  10. Replicator

    Replicator Major Contributor

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    Bottom to top . . . example : House Siding . . . !
     
  11. Craig Sjoquist

    Craig Sjoquist Major Contributor

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    back to forward on trucks and tailers also

    font crazy
     
  12. thesignexpert

    thesignexpert Active Member

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    Always, always, always... bottom to top & rear to front for all of the reasons listed above. That exposed edge is a weak point (both physically and aesthetically) and it should always be protected. That being said, should the need ever arise where you absolutely have to break this rule then use a SeamSealer pen (or brush it on) to protect and seal that edge.

    Good luck

    Tim Evans

    http://www.thesignexpert.com
    "Practical Help for Sign Professionals"
     
  13. Ken

    Ken Major Contributor

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    Yeah, I saw a Doritos delivery truck a while back..one side was layed down from the back to the front..the other side was front to rear?
    People always look at me funny when i go around a vehicle "feeling" the laps..lol..
    Ken
     
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