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Transfer Mask Not Holding Frosted Vinyl

Discussion in 'Vinyl' started by rukh03, Jan 7, 2013.

  1. rukh03

    rukh03 New Member

    Jul 3, 2008
    Anchorage, Alaska
    I have recently come across an unusual problem and I'm wondering if anyone has come across this before or can help me out. The transfer mask my shop gets (R Tape 4050 RLA) has stopped holding onto our 3M Frosted Vinyl. It will hold together until we get to the install site and then the vinyl will either stick to the backing and peel straight off the mask, or it will simply fall off of the mask while I am peeling the rest of the backing off.
    At 1st I thought it was a bad roll of mask, so I switched rolls and got the same thing, then I switched rolls of vinyl and still no dice. This has been going on for a couple months now and I'm at a loss as to how to fix it. The transfer mask works just fine with all the other vinyls in our shop and I've tried 5 different rolls of frosted vinyl.
    Any advice would be appreciated.
  2. 401Graphics

    401Graphics Very Active Member

    possible something to do with the surface of the vinyl not being super smooth like standard vinyl?
  3. Jillbeans

    Jillbeans Major Contributor

    Dec 24, 2003
    Butler, PA
    I hate to recommend it but have you tried the clear transfer tape for frosted glass?
    (absolutely hate to use this stuff and you must apply dry with it)
    Could you ask your supplier for a small sample of a few different brands of transfer tape?
    There are different grades of "tack".
    I've had problems with R Tape conform not wanting to stick to the mylar (I think) backing of SignGold. Not the SignGold itself.
  4. gabagoo

    gabagoo Major Contributor

    Oct 10, 2006
    Vaughan, Ontario
    Maybe they were sent a low tack roll of masking... I know transfer tape makes a very high tac tape
  5. Marlene

    Marlene Major Contributor

    Jun 8, 2004
    a low or medium tac transfer tape won't work. you need a high tac tape. I had the same issue and my regular tape is 3M SCPM-3. I had to buy a roll of a more aggresive tape. once you do that, it will work just fine.

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