TECHNICAL TIP #35
Vehicle Wrap Tips
These tips are relevant for most cast ‘bubble-free’ films applied to vehicles, but have a specific focus on Arlon
DPF 6100XLP and PerformancePlus. Please follow these tips for assurance that you are successful the first time.
Clean
ake sure you thoroughly clean all areas; consider a more aggressive cleaner such as the Autoglym range as many new
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vehicles have a silicone coating. This is particularly important in channels and corrugations or areas where the graphic may
be tucked or wrapped. Then finish with IPA (isopropyl alcohol) and make sure the surface is completely dry.
Pressure
When using bubble-free vinyl, applications require even more squeegee pressure to ensure the adhesive makes
a firm bond.
Heat
Depending on the ambient temperature there may be a need to use a little heat to soften the film when stretching it
around complex curves and recesses. This is very critical in colder climates, for example, southern states during winter. In
the colder months some heat will need to be applied to the film during the application to make it pliable. Also, the panels
of the car will need to be warmed to stop the film from becoming brittle through contact with the vehicle.
Post Heat (Critical)
Although all printers are equipped with preprint and postprint temperature controls which are meant to enhance ink
receptivity, these are effective. It should be remembered that these heat from the back (through the release liner, adhesive
and back of the film) and result in raising the film face temperature only a few degrees. The printing areas should be in
clean and temperature controlled area and film should be delivered to the printer at comfortable room temperature about
95°C - 120°C or 203°F - 248°F. These steps assure that the heaters can do their job of preheating the vinyl and subsequent
drying of the print. At much higher or lower temperatures print defects such as banding and, high dot gain can occur.
More Pressure
hrough the whole process of installation you should always be aware that bubble free film requires more squeegee
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pressure than non-air egress adhesive films. While cooling after post heating it is absolutely essential to continue
application pressure, as it will assist in the adhesive getting a more comprehensive bond to the panel. Squeegee the
graphic edges, overlaps and seams using firm pressure.
Allow to Harden
fter application, the adhesive must be allowed to harden before going into service. The absolute minimum time would be
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24 hours, but it is recommended for it to be longer and out of the sun, in a temperate environment. If you send out the film
before the adhesive has reached a solid bond level, the sun will soften it potentially causing it to lift or shrink.
TIP: Once you have post heated the film and left it to harden, DO NOT go back hours later and post heat it again. This will
simply break down the adhesive hardness and make it fluid again, while destroying all your hard work!
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TECHNICAL TIP #35
Tips on Cutting
If the above instructions are followed you do not need to cut the film, as post heating to above 120°C re-melts the film into
its curved shape and reduces internal stress.
Following these key points when using Arlon DPF 6100XLP and PerformancePlus will assist you in achieving success with
vehicle graphics. June 2016
200 Boysenberry Lane, Placentia, CA 92870, USA
800 232 7161/+1 714 985 6300
800 329 2756
EUROPE:
USA:
North Sea Building, Gevers Deynootweg 93, 4th Floor, 2586BK Den Haag, The Netherlands
+31 0 70 354 4311
+31 0 70 355 7721
P6 Parklands, Heywood Distribution Park, Heywood, Lancashire 0L102TT, UK
+44 0 161 884 0592
+31 0 70 355 7721
UK:
arlon.com
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