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Transfer tape leaves ahdesive on vinyl and substrate

Discussion in 'General Signmaking Topics' started by cartoad, Aug 4, 2010.

  1. cartoad

    cartoad Active Member

    Apr 11, 2006
    Yakima, WA
    Sold some RTA's to a church that they installed on a newly painted sign,
    and had the customer call today all bent out of shape. One side went on great, the other side at the 1/2 way point he claims the ahdesive from the transfer tape stayed on the lettering and also on the sign!
    Reflective white 3M and 3M SCPS-2 tape. I can't imagine that it is the trasfer tape, as we use it every day with no problems,
    Does anyone have any ideas what would cause this to happen?
    I figure they did something, but don't know what.

  2. Sign_Boy

    Sign_Boy Major Contributor

    May 18, 2007
    How long ago was the sign painted?
    I would think there might be some issues if it didn't have time to cure properly. JMO
  3. Sign Works

    Sign Works Very Active Member

    Nov 25, 2006
    Sacramento, CA
    I have seen old Main Tape leave adhesive behind with wet installs, no big deal though really just takes a little time to peel it off.
  4. Mustang Guy

    Mustang Guy Member

    Apr 12, 2009
    I've had that happen with 2 rolls of clear transfer tape over the last couple of years. Probably old stock left in a hot warehouse causing the glue to release. A royal pain in the butt!!:frustrated:
  5. signcrafters london

    signcrafters london Very Active Member

    May 22, 2010
    London KY
    Who knows what customers do with vinyl when they leave your shop. They could have left it in direct sunlight in a locked vehicle for hours or days.
  6. SignosaurusRex

    SignosaurusRex Major Contributor

    Mar 7, 2007
    Washington State
    Hal, I'd say that they left it in a vehicle exposed to the intense heat and sun you experience in your area this time of year. I have experienced the same problem with the same combination of material and mask exposed to intensified heat and sun exposure. How long did they have the product before they installed it? The other problem is that they could have installed it and then left it masked and in a location exposed to intense sunlight/heat. Sounds iffy I know but I have seen it happen.
  7. striper14

    striper14 Member

    May 23, 2003
    home alone
    I've had that happen when I've used too much water on the app tape after installing and left it too long before removing.The paper peels in pieces leaving a gooey mess. I know some version of transferite was doing that for a while.
    I used to buy from a wholesaler who'd sell app tape in any size you'd like but you'd never know the brand. Quite by accident i found some app tape that you could spray with water quite heavily then go install the other side of the vehicle & when you returned it almost just fell of & clean too. Very handy except there was no brand name in the core & the wholesaler had no idea. I had a crusade trying to find out what it was but now i think i just dreamed it. Now i just spray & wait 20 seconds...sigh

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