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translucent for non-translucent jobs?

Discussion in 'Vinyl' started by raider, Nov 10, 2012.

  1. raider

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    I have several yards of Oracal 8500 translucent vinyl and wondering if anyone has used it for vehicle graphics? I realize its for lighted signs but I don't see any of that type of job in the near future. Just trying to put dead inventory to work.
     
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  2. Coloradosigns

    Coloradosigns Major Contributor

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    Please, no.
     
  3. Drip Dry

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    Why not ?

    It may cost a little more, but it will last longer since it's high performance.
    The color won't be any different.
     
  4. raider

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    that is really my primary question: will longevity compare to an Oracal 751 or 951 as far as color retention and overall durability?
     
  5. John L

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    .....All the time with no problems.
     
  6. Coloradosigns

    Coloradosigns Major Contributor

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    Translucent perm. Vinyl on vehicles...?

    Wow - to each his own i guess
     
  7. CP Signs

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    I always have left over translucents. I use when I need templates,,,, but never on a vehicle.
     
  8. tsgstl

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    The color would be compromised unless its a white vehicle. I have used yellow over red to create a darker redish yellow in a pinch.
     
  9. CanuckSigns

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    like colorado said, it's not the vinyl quality that is the issue here, it the adhesive. vinyl that is made for vehicles has a removable adhesive, translucent vinyl has a permanent adhesive, any guesses what happens when it's time to remove a vinyl with a permanent adhesive from an expensive vehicle?
     
  10. Coloradosigns

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    I've removed translucent vinyl from vehicles before, and it does take the clear coat off of an OEM paint job.
    and depending on the age of the vehicle, paint as well.
     
  11. royster13

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    It may be removable but it is permanent adhesive.....

    For example Oracal 751 has "Solvent polyacrylic, permanent, clear"....Same adhesive as Oracal 8800......
     
  12. raider

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    Several issues to consider. Thanks for the input.
     
  13. Billct2

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    High performance cast vinyl like Arlon and 3M are made to be removable?

    As for using the translucent, I've never done it on a vehicle but have used it
    on aluminum signs with no issues, as long as it's a white background.
     
  14. raider

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    Thought that vehicle color could be a problem . . . its black.
     
  15. Coloradosigns

    Coloradosigns Major Contributor

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    stop being cheap, just use the right stuff.
     
  16. raider

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    The "right stuff" has already been ordered. Just trying not to be wasteful. It's ok, may have someone interested in the "leftovers".
     
  17. GB2

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    Of course you can use it on anything you want, just like any other cast vinyl. The only difference will be the gloss level will be different from regular cast vinyl.
     
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