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Need Help Printed vinyl wall decal edges curling

Discussion in 'Vinyl' started by Tonia Seling, Sep 3, 2019.

  1. Tonia Seling

    Tonia Seling New Member

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    Help! So I am installing printed vinyl decals on the walls of a high school. Some walls are painted cinder block (decal is printed on 3M textured surface vinyl) and some are drywall (decal is printed on 3M IJ65). The edges are curling on both vinyls due to what I'm assuming is humidity and inconsistent temps. Is there anything I can seal the edges with to prevent the curling?
     
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  2. P Wagner

    P Wagner Very Active Member

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    Are these full-bleed decals (without white space around the edge)?
     
  3. Bly

    Bly Very Active Member

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    What printer? Are they laminated. If so with what?
     
  4. Tonia Seling

    Tonia Seling New Member

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    Nope... Left a white edge on purpose hoping to not have this problem.
     
  5. Tonia Seling

    Tonia Seling New Member

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    They are laminated but not sure with what. I has signs365 and sticker genius print them.
     
  6. Artaus

    Artaus New Member

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    Any decals we print & cut, regardless of a white border around them, are left 24hrs (heavy coverage) after printing to let the inks and substrate fully cure before laminating or cutting.
     
  7. TimToad

    TimToad Very Active Member

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    Any clues on how fresh the paint is or what type they used?
     
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  8. Tyson Mowat

    Tyson Mowat New Member

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    I agree with TimToad, it could be related to the surface finish, if it is fresh paint or has repellent properties, or even assuming it hadn’t been wiped down well it might have oils or particulate.
    I’ve also had experience with vinyl that had “expired”, was past its shelf life. Did exactly what you describe.
     
  9. Tonia Seling

    Tonia Seling New Member

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    I contacted the contractor for the school... They used Waterborne Catalyzed Epoxy paint. So from what I gathered nothing will stick :-(
     
  10. Tyson Mowat

    Tyson Mowat New Member

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    Unfortunate, but I get that schools use that as an anti-graffiti measure. How about making signs to mount on the wall rather than decals?
     
  11. Tonia Seling

    Tonia Seling New Member

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    Yeah
    Yup that's the route we are going to take.
     
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