Applying window graphics - wet or dry?

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Isabel Newton
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Applying window graphics - wet or dry?

Post by Isabel Newton » Fri Jul 29, 2011 10:24 am

Window graphics - wet or dry apply? Which do you recommend?

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Re: Applying window graphics - wet or dry?

Post by Morgan The Sign » Fri Jul 29, 2011 10:48 pm

Every time I apply window graphics I do it wet. Water with a little baby oil in a spray bottle The application fluids that you can buy seem expensive to me and don't do any more than my old spray bottle

If some one has a different opinion than I would like to hear it.

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Re: Applying window graphics - wet or dry?

Post by Marc Busby » Wed Aug 10, 2011 12:36 pm

Hi Isabel,

I'm by no means an expert when it comes to fitting, but I use the same method as Morgan, always wet and use water with some baby oil.

I know some people use washing up liquids, however these contain chemicals that can damage the adhesive on the medias and cause the job to fail.

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Re: Applying window graphics - wet or dry?

Post by Darryl Klick » Thu Aug 11, 2011 5:01 pm

Marc, I am totally new to the print game and haven't purchased my printer yet! :roll: it's great that I can use the forum to get all the hints and tips, but is there a class or course that I can attend to have some hands on? I learn better this way. Always have and always will. Thanks Marc
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Re: Applying window graphics - wet or dry?

Post by Marc Busby » Fri Aug 12, 2011 11:35 am

Hi Darryl,

We run a couple of different courses for applications.

We have the 'Application and Finishing' course, designed for beginners, it covers different types of vinyl used, application of vinyl to boards, window graphics, canvas prints and various other things.

We then have the 'Advanced Application' course, which is designed for the intermediate user. It covers alot of specialist applications, such as printing to stone and wood, and printing and preparing wallpapers, as well as wrapping a sink in a wood effect vinyl.

Finally, we have the 'Vehicle Wrap' course, this course is also designed for the intermediate user but begginers do often attend it. The course covers everything you need to know about wrapping a vehicle and at the end of the two days you will of fully wrapped your first vehicle.

I hope this helps.

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Roland DG (UK) Ltd

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Post by Rob Goleniowski » Mon Aug 15, 2011 9:12 am

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Re: Applying window graphics - wet or dry?

Post by the printshop boys » Thu Oct 27, 2011 11:34 am

We do them soaking wet with a drop of Fairy in the bottle. The fluid helps push the air bubbles out when you scrape it.

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Re: Applying window graphics - wet or dry?

Post by Gary Dixon » Mon Oct 31, 2011 1:00 pm

A little late coming into this chat.
Lintec Graphic Films products are all designed for wet application to glass.
To get a good result you have to apply wet.
Polyester gives you the best optical clarity and is PVC free.
We do have an application guide of how to apply high quality polyester film to glass if required.
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Re: Applying window graphics - wet or dry?

Post by Ethen28 » Thu Jan 12, 2012 11:50 am

I always apply dry unless it's absolutely necessary to apply wet. Wet vinyl requires time to dry before you pull off the masking in certain situations. It does come out bubble free though.

Applying dry can take half the time of wet and will allow you to move on to your next project more quickly. If you consider yourself a beginner then I would apply wet until you get the hang of things.

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Re: Applying window graphics - wet or dry?

Post by Gary Dixon » Thu Jan 12, 2012 11:57 am

You can apply PVC dry as the optical clarity is poor - today customers are looking for perfect optical clarity - almost as if the glass has been printed!
With polyester you have to apply wet. Yes it does take 24 hours to fully dry but even after 5 mins it will be clearer than any PVC.
Add to the fact that many retailers are looking for PVC free products, which polyester is. Give me a shout if you want a sample to test.
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