Car Wrapping – A Quick Guide

Thoroughly clean the surface the material is to be applied to using a sponge and clean, soapy water. The surface area is clean enough when you can rub your fingers over the cleaned area and it is ‘squeaky’ clean. Then use Avery Dennison Surface Cleaner to prepare the surface that the vinyl will be applied to. Pay particular attention to the recessed areas of the bodywork which trap dirt and grease – ensure these areas are completely free from dirt, oil and grease as any dirt left on the body work will affect the materials adhesion to the surface.
Position the film to the cleaned application surface using low-tack application tape or wrapping magnets. These will serve as a ‘hinge’ for applying the material to the surface. Ensure the ‘hinge’ tape is placed on a flat part of the surface. Only remove a small section of the liner at first to prevent pre-sticking. Avery Dennison car wrapping magnets are an easier alternative to using application tape.
Keep the adhesive away from the surface until ready. Use a velvet edged plastic squeegee to firmly apply the film from the centre outwards towards the film edges. Take care NOT to stretch the film while following the irregular shapes of the surface.
Apply vertical sections using vertical squeegee strokes. Remove the application ‘hinge’ tape or magnets and re-squeegee all edges and corners.
When re-squeegeeing the edges and corners, ensure the material is fixed on ALL edges of any irregular shapes in the surface. Work your way around the edges of all irregular shapes, dips and corrugation ensuring all the edges are fixed firmly!
Once all edges have been firmly fixed to the surface, the application of the material in the recesses and shaped surface areas can begin…
Then, to conform the recessed and irregular shaped areas, use a hot-air gun to heat these areas of material gently to about 40˚-50˚C. We advise you only heat small areas at a time. Always check the correct temperatures are adhered to using a temperature sensor.
Having heated the material to 40˚-50˚C start stretching the material into the deepest parts of the recessed areas – ensuring the area of material you are working on stays heated to at least 40˚C. Continue your way around the recessed area focusing only on the deepest part.
Once the deepest parts have been successfully applied, begin to work your way through all the other recessed areas, shaping the material to the contours of the substrate. Again, ensure that the material is heated to 40˚-50˚C.
With all the edges now properly applied you will need to turn your attention to the remaining areas of the vinyl. When doing this make sure that any air is not trapped; avoid trapping air by leaving an opening for the air to escape. Check the application for any air bubbles – if any small air bubbles can still be seen these are easily removed with a small puncture, then heat it a little and push the air out.
Now for the final stage. Use the hot air gun to heat the material to a minimum of 90˚C, especially in areas where the material has been stretched. Ensure the heating is done gently and the temperature then gradually increased – it is important that the film AND the substrate reach these temperatures by re-heating gently rather than with short blasts of heat.

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