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02-03-2004, 11:16 PM
SURFACE PREPARATION
All surfaces must be considered dirty and must be cleaned prior to application. A good rule of thumb for cleaning various surfaces is:

<table border="1" width="100%"><tr><td width="50%" align="center">SIGN MATERIAL</td>
<td width="50%" align="center">CLEANER</td></tr>
<tr> <td width="50%">Painted Metal and Wood</td>
<td width="50%">Isopropyl Alcohol (IPA), also known as Denatured Alcohol</td></tr>
<tr><td width="50%">Glass</td>
<td width="50%">IPA or Vinegar/Water Mix
(Cleaners such as Windex Window

Cleaner may also be used.)</td></tr>
<tr><td width="50%">Acrylic and Polycarbonate</td>
<td width="50%">Non-siliconized Acrylic Cleaner and anti-static rag to remove static charge and last minute dust</td></tr>
<tr><td width="50%">Banners and Awnings</td>
<td width="50%">IPA or Vinegar/Water Mix</td></tr>
<tr><td width="50%">For Expanded PVC sheet</td>
<td width="50%">Vinegar followed by a quick wipe with Toluene</td></tr>
</table>


TEMPERATURE REQUIREMENTS
Air and application surface temperatures must be above 40 degrees F for non-reflective and 55 degrees F for reflective markings or the vinyl will have trouble adhering to the surface.

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02-03-2004, 11:17 PM
APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS
(FLAT SURFACE ONLY)

Step 1. Use 1" - 2" strips of masking tape to position decal in proper registry.

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02-03-2004, 11:18 PM
Step 2. Apply horizontal tape hinge at the top of the marking.

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02-03-2004, 11:19 PM
Step 3. Remove liner entirely while keeping exposed adhesive off substrate. Lightly spray water and soap solution (1/2 part liquid dish water detergent to 991/2 parts water) on substrate.

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02-03-2004, 11:21 PM
Step 4. Allow marking to drape. Using firm initial squeegee pressure, begin at top center and work down and outward to each edge of decal. Allow adhesive to bond...
(generally 15 to 30 minutes.)

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02-03-2004, 11:21 PM
Step 5. Remove premask at 180 degrees. (pull back on itself).

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02-03-2004, 11:29 PM
Hinge Method

Installing adhesive vinyl graphics is simple if you follow these step by step instructions. In this example they are applying a windshield decal to an automobile using the hinge method. The same principle used in this example applies to all hinge applications regardless of the surface or size of the graphic.

Step 1 - Clean the application area with alcohol. In this example they are applying vinyl to glass. Because it is porous, glass should be cleaned several times, especially if rainex or wax has ever been used.

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02-03-2004, 11:30 PM
Step 2 - Center the decal onto the application surface. Put small pieces of tape on the top corners to hold it in place.

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02-03-2004, 11:31 PM
Step 3 - Apply a piece of masking tape across the top of the vinyl graphic thus forming a hinge.

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02-03-2004, 11:32 PM
Step 4 - Take a pair of scissors and cut between each letter. (Either all at one time or one by one as you apply)

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02-03-2004, 11:33 PM
Step 5 - Fold each letter up, peel off the backing and squeegee the letter on starting at the top and working towards the bottom.

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02-03-2004, 11:34 PM
(TO AVOID WRINKLES HOLD THE LETTER AWAY FROM THE GLASS WHILE SQUEEGEEING IT DOWN)

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02-03-2004, 11:35 PM
Repeat this action for all of the letters.

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02-03-2004, 11:36 PM
Step 6 - Peel off the transfer tape and you are done.

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02-03-2004, 11:37 PM
Peel off the transfer tape and you are done.

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02-03-2004, 11:38 PM
Finished product.

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02-03-2004, 11:41 PM
MAKING AN 18 x 24 YARD SIGN

Hinge Method

To create an 18 x 24 yard sign follow these simple steps:

Step. 1 Line up the letters on the sign.

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02-03-2004, 11:43 PM
Step 2. Hinge the letters.

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02-03-2004, 11:44 PM
Step 3. Cut the letters into strips.

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02-03-2004, 11:45 PM
Step 4. Peel off the wax backing paper.

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02-03-2004, 11:48 PM
Step. 5 Squeegee on each strip.

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02-03-2004, 11:49 PM
Step 6. Peel off the transfer paper and you are done !