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Old 02-05-2011, 05:02 PM
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I know its here on RCU someplace but if I could getsome help.

I am going to place grapics on my E.W. 300 and I believe some one said to us windex. When in the correct place, squeeze out the moisture?

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Old 02-05-2011, 05:35 PM
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Default RE: placing of vinyl grapics

I've heard of people doing Monocote that way, but not vinyl.
Old 02-05-2011, 05:39 PM
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Default RE: placing of vinyl grapics

There's a spot in this manual about appying stickers.

http://manuals.hobbico.com/gpm/gpma1281-manual.pdf

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Default RE: placing of vinyl grapics

That is correct .

Spray the Windex on the area where you are placing the graphics, Remove the backing from the graphic.
Place in position, (The WINDEX allows you to move the graphic around to get it straight)

Use a Credit card to squeeze out as much Windex and Air Bubbles as possible, use a soft cloth or Kleenex to blot the remaining surface moisture.

LET SET OVERNIGHT AT LEAST 8 HOURS.

Using a Trim Iron or MonoKote Iron set on low heat, go over the and around the edges to make certain they are sealed in place. If you hear a SIZZLE, you didn't get all the moisture out from under the graphic.

Enjoy,

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Default RE: placing of vinyl grapics

You can use windex, or a glass of water with just a few drops of dish soap
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Default RE: placing of vinyl grapics

The wet method works will with sticker type decals.....but if you're using vinyl there is no need
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The wet method works will with sticker type decals.....but if you're using vinyl there is no need
There sure is. The vinyl has a sticky back too
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Besides spraying the area on which you will apply the graphic, try and spray the sticky side of the graphic itself as you peel it off the backing. If you don't, and the graphic curls over to touch itself, you will never be able to seperate it. The details explained by Ken above work.
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Default RE: placing of vinyl grapics

All sticky decals, including vinyl, are placed much more easily if some windex is first sprayed onto the target surface.

Yes they can be placed dry however the windex will allow you to move the decal around if it is not in the right place. Dry, not so much. Watch out for printed decals that include transparent areas. Blue windex will leave a slight blue tinge which is quite noticable when over a white surface.

If you are using vinyl and there are small bubbles trapped, don't poke holes. Vinyl is very slightly porous and the bubbles will disappear with time. Lightly rubbing over these from time to time with you finger helps.

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ORIGINAL: loopyrc

I know its here on RCU someplace but if I could get some help.

I am going to place grapics on my E.W. 300 and I believe some one said to us windex. When in the correct place, squeeze out the moisture?

Take any help. Thanks
I keep a gallon jug of soapy water in my workshop. All you have to do is grab the jug and shake it slightly and it is ready to use. It works wonders for many things and especially good for all type of decals.

As some have stated, just use a credit card to work out any moisture then let it set up and apply small amount of heat.
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Default RE: placing of vinyl grapics

Water is all you need, stay away from windex when using sign vinyl
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There are some good videos on YouTube showing various ways to apply these. Do a search there.
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Most every sign maker will use Windex to place vinyl with. It provides a medium to allow the graphic to placed and then moved into the correct position. Without the Windex once you touch the vinyl to the surface you are applying it to it's pretty much going to stay where you put it and you are committed. The Windex allows you some "leeway" so you can adjust before you commit. You can use plain water, but it's not as good as Windex or water with a bit it dish soap in it as the plain water isn't as "slippery" as Windex or water with dish soap. But there is nothing wrong with using Windex either. Once the graphic is applied and in position simply us a squeegee of some sort (make sure it doesn't scratch your vinyl) to work the liquid out from under the graphic. Then let it dry for 24 hours without disturbing it. The adhesive on the vinyl will take hold and keep the graphic in place. Plesae don't apply heat to the edges of the graphic as it is not needed. In fact, it can distort the vinyl if you use too much heat because the vinyl is basically just plastic.

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