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WHY IS MY VINYL NOT STICKING?
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Your vinyl may not stick if the application surface is not properly prepared.

Is the surface clean, dust-free and free from grease or waxy residues? Surfaces can be cleaned with a damp cloth and water or a fast drying cleaner such as rubbing alcohol. Avoid using solvents, household surface cleaners or window cleaners as they can leave residues that reduce the effectiveness of the vinyl adhesion.

Is it too warm or too cold? We do not advise applications to window or exterior surfaces in very cold weather, optimum temperature for our vinyl is between +5°C and +60°C.

Is it a suitable surface? For example bare untreated wood or concrete are not suitable surface.

If you are sure that the conditions are good for vinyl application but it still won't stick, ask us for further advice.
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DESPITE MY BEST EFFORTS WHY DO I GET AIR BUBBLES?
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If the vinyl is placed gently on surface and is not yet firmly stuck down try to gently pull it back to get rid of the bubble, alternatively you can try to squeegee the bubble out.

You would not be able to squeegee the bubbles out once the vinyl is firmly stuck down. In this case it is possible to pin-prick the offending bubbles and carefully push the air out of the pin hole.
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WHAT TO DO IF THE VINYL STAYS ON THE BACKING SHEET AND DOES NOT STICK TO THE APPLICATION PAPER?
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Unfortunately this is a common problem but is easy to remedy by following a couple of procedures. Firstly, lay the sheets flat and firmly squeegee over the top of application paper to ensure the application paper has a good adhesive grip on the vinyl. When peeling away the backing paper pull it at a 180º angle, using your other hand to apply pressure against the vinyl to help it onto the application paper.
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WHY DOES THE BACKING SHEET STICK TO THE VINYL AND RIP WHEN I TRY TO REMOVE IT?
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This may happen if the backing sheet becomes wet. Make sure you keep the backing sheet dry during the application. It is particularly important to ensure the surface is dry after cleaning.

You will need to delicately peel the ripped backing sheet away from the vinyl using finger nails or the tip of a craft or utility knife.
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DO I GET A BETTER RESULT WHEN APPLYING VINYL WET?
It is true that larger vinyls can be applied wet using a mild detergent mixed with water. The water should be sprayed to the surface and to the rear (glue side) of the vinyl and then once the vinyl is in position, the water can be squeegeed out through the edges. The vinyl may slide around on the surface until it has dried. This method is generally only for very large graphics and only on flat surfaces and is usually best left to experienced vinyl fitters. If you are trying to apply vinyl to a curved or uneven surface (for example a car bonnet) then do not wet apply - it will be a disaster!
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CAN I APPLY VINYL TO ROUNDED SURFACES?
Applying vinyl to a one directional curved surface, for example the corner of a wall, is very straight forward. Follow the normal procedure but peel the vinyl backing away from the left or right edge as opposed to the top.

Applying vinyl to a concave or convex surface, such as a car bonnet, is possible but a little more complicated and we would recommend that this is a job for an experienced vinyl fitter.

In this instance you would need to heat up the sheet while you are working with it with a hair dryer or heat gun on low, pull it into the form desired and squeegee down. If the sheet is heated, the corners and edges can be pulled into place working carefully so that the sheet is not overstretched.
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CAN I USE VINYL FOR OUTDOOR APPLICATIONS?
Our Matt, Gloss and Transparent range and Frosted vinyl can be used for outdoor applications with an outside life expectancy of between 4 and 7 years depending on weather conditions and the colours used. Our standard speciality metallic films and blackboard vinyls are not recommended for outdoor use although if required an exterior grade polished or brushed SIlver, Gold and Aluminium is available. If you require a higher durability vinyl please contact us for details of your requirements.
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WHAT KIND OF TEMPERATURES CAN THE VINYL WITHSTAND?
The vinyl can withstand temperatures of between -10 up to + 50 °C without problems. The vinyl can withstand temperature of up to 80°C for short periods of time. We do not recommend direct contact with hot pots, pans or dishes.
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CAN VINYL BE USED IN AREAS THAT HAVE CONTACT WITH WATER?
Yes, the material is waterproof, however you may need to seal the edges with silicon or even an acrylic nail varnish.
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HOW CAN THE VINYL BE REMOVED?
Use fingernails or a blade to pick at and lift an edge of the vinyl. Slowly and firmly peel back the vinyl along the surface as opposed to straight out.

To remove vinyl from glass you can also use hot water (not boiling).

The adhesive can sometimes remain on the surface, particularly if the vinyl has been in place for a number of years. If you are having trouble removing it with window cleaner a more e ective result will be achieved with an acetone based adhesive remover.
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CAN I CLEAN THE VINYL?
Vinyl can be cleaned with a soft, non-abrasive cleaning cloth. Use a warm soapy solution, and rinse afterwards. Do not use abrasive cleaners or high pressure washers or steam cleaners.
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