What are Vinyl Graphics & Lettering Vinyl graphics are programmed by a computer and cut by a plotter. Once the graphic or lettering has been cut, the unwanted vinyl is removed from the background Silicon coated carrier sheet, a process called "weeding". The carrier sheet with the graphics or lettering is then covered with low-tack application tape. When the lettering or graphics are applied, they are "picked up" by the application tape and peeled off the carrier sheet. They can now be burnished in position on any smooth non-porous surface.
1 Position you complete vinyl sheet Hold the complete un-peeled sheet in position. Measure and make sure the position is accurate. Using masking tape, anchor the complete sheet in position, with two strips of tape, one at the top and one at the bottom.
2 Peel half the vinyl off the carrier sheet Lift one side of the vinyl image by its application tape. NOTE: the vinyl image will adhere to the application tape. With scissors or a scalpel, trim away the carrier sheet for that half of the vinyl image.
3 Apply half of the vinyl image to your surface Hold the application tape with the vinyl image so that it is suspended slightly off the intended surface. Pull the application tape taut so that the graphics will burnish onto the surface smoothly. NOTE: Don't pull to hard as you make release the masking tape anchors. Starting in the centre, begin to burnish down the vinyl image with a smooth flat edge or a burnishing tool. Apply pressure to evenly force the air from beneath the vinyl image. Work your way to the outside edges of the application tape. Be sure to burnish every area of the graphic (Note: we can supply burnishing tools at £1.17 each Inc. VAT)
Repeat for the other half and remove tape Repeat steps 2 and 3 for the other half of your vinyl image. When it has all been burnished, burnish again, applying more pressure over the entire area. Then starting at one corner carefully peel away the application tape, pulling slowly at an angle.
For a perfect job If you want to ensure the vinyl image is solidly adhered to the surface, cover it with the redundant carrier sheet, shiny side facing out and burnish your graphic again. Any trapped air bubbles can possibly be worked to the edges and away, those that can't, just pop with a pin, or the point of your scalpel and re-burnish