View All Installation Vinyl Removals Did You Know? Care Information Schneider Helpful Tips
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We can install graphics year round in climate controlled facilities, but when it comes to installing outside, there are elements to take into consideration.
Most vinyls have an application range between 60 degrees Fahrenheit minimum and 90 degrees Fahrenheit maximum.
If the temperature is too cold, then the vinyl becomes stiff and will not adhere properly. If it is too hot, the vinyl softens up and becomes difficult to handle. We can't provide a warranty if a customer requests to install in these conditions.
The temperature of the substrate is a factor. If the surface is hot to the touch, then it is probably over 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Putting vinyl on substrates that are too hot or too cold will result in the adhesive getting either gummy or brittle.
Humidity, Dew, Condensation and Rain
There are also challenges associated with applying to surfaces in humid environments or where dew or condensation has set in. Ideal environmental conditions are a relative humidity level between 50 percent and 60 percent.
Experienced installers will also tell you to avoid the morning dew. As the temperature warms up in the morning, the heat of the air in the ground creates condensation. If you have condensation on your adhesive, then it’s not going to stick very well. If you lay vinyl down in the morning dew you will trap moisture under the graphics.
Sometimes customers will ask if we can wrap certain plastic areas on vehicles. Plastics are challenging because some are friendly for wrapping and some are not. When we encounter a plastic substrate, it's helpful to know its chemical composition and even be able to perform a test application. If we receive a request to apply to plastic, sometimes we aren't able to provide the usual warranty, because we know the vinyl will not adhere throughout the duration of the rest of the wrap.
Polycarbonates, for example, which are frequently used for equipment housings, exterior automotive components, outdoor lighting fixtures, and non-automotive vehicle windows, contain just enough water to yield bubbles in the film.
Poly (methyl methacrylate), commonly called PMMA, is a clear plastic typically used as shatterproof replacement for glass. Most standard adhesives will adhere readily to PMMA, but, again, you may wind up with bubbles if you try to apply vinyl using the dry installation method, so at times we'll use a wet application
Polyethylene is the most popular plastic in the world. Plastic bags, shampoo bottles and tarps are made of this material. But applying vinyl to this substrate is not a popular option. Installing vinyl on this type of plastic requires special adhesives, high temperatures and a dry application method to ensure a solid bond.
Polystyrene is a hard plastic. The housing of computers is typically made from this material. Styrofoam is also made from this material. This is a tricky substrate because it can change adhesive properties and result in the film actually shrinking away from the surface.
Polyvinylchloride (PVC) is adhesion friendly — maybe a little too much so. Applying to rigid PVC could result in vinyl that is difficult if not impossible to remove. Softer PVCs have an almost opposite problem of vinyl shrinking away from the substrate unless special adhesives are used.
Did You Know?
- Increase resale value
- Protection/Durability: Vinyl wraps can actually protect against minor scrapes and scratches. Also, protects your paint from prolonged sun exposure.
- Lots of design options and stock colors
- Gloss & matte finishes
- Cost effective
- Police Fleet: Add white vinyl to a black car OR black vinyl to a white car.
- Less down time on repairs
Billboard ads cost more than 5 times our wraps, per impression
Radio ads cost more than 10 times our wraps, per impression
Newspaper ads cost more than 15 times our wraps, per impression
Magazine ads cost more than 30 times our wraps, per impression
Television ads cost more than 40 times our wraps, per impression
In our industry this is one of the most asked questions because we are working with custom pieces, logistics of vehicles and varying quantities. The answer does vary from client to client and project to project.
But, typically if a client is requesting design work from us, design is turned around in two days.
We also will accept your own designers artwork. Dropbox is available to upload artwork to.
Once artwork is completed, supplied or on file:
Cut vinyl orders turned around in two days. Depending on quantities and vinyl in stock.
Digital prints four days. Depending on quantity and overall print size.
Installation schedule varies but normally we can get you on our schedule within a week. In the meantime, we'll work on the design and production of your graphics!
Shipping also is available.
We produce banners of all shapes and sizes for advertising on the go!
Available with grommets for zip tie hanging or pole pockets for pole hanging, pocket size made to your request.
Wind slits are not necessary, they will compromise the strength of the banner. Mesh banners are ideal for windy areas.
Matte or glossy laminate finishes help to protect a digital print.
Power washing or pressure washing may be used. However, aggressive washing can damage the graphic.
Automatic brush washing may be used, but keep these points in mind:
- some high-pressure touchless car washes spray at undesired angles causing graphics and window film to release.
- brushes can catch an edge of the graphic and cause damage.
- brushes can dull the finish of the graphic.
Hand washing: flush the graphic with clean water to remove loose dirt particles. A trigger type hose nozzle is convenient for this purpose. Use a mild liquid detergent and water solution and wash the graphic with a soft brush, rag or sponge.
Applying any material to a painted metallic surface without following all instructions for the use and
care may result in damage to that surface. Schneider Graphics, Inc. takes pride in keeping its product
users apprised of information that helps prevent such consequences. By following the instructions
below, a product user can ensure top performance.
Preparing Magnetic Receptive Surfaces:
- Before affixing magnetic sheets to a metal surface, be sure all surface paints, clear coats and
waxes are cured. (Approximate curing times: paint: 90 days, clear coat: 60 days, wax: 2 days).
- Clean the metallic surface and the magnet with mild detergent.
- Wipe with a soft cloth or allow to dry.
Applying Flexible Magnets:
- If possible, affix to smooth, flat or gently curved metallic surface.
- Make certain the entire magnet is flat against the metal surface (i.e. no air pockets).
- If you place the magnet in the wrong position, completely remove the magnet from the surface
and reaffix. Do not pull the magnet across the surface or it may stretch due to the resistance
caused by the high magnetic strength.
- Avoid use on horizontal metal surfaces exposed to direct sunlight (such as automobile hoods)
or temperatures exceeding 150 degrees.
- Be aware that long-term use on surfaces frequently exposed to sunlight (such as vehicles) can
result in uneven fading of the surface since the magnet-covered area is shielded from ultraviolet
- Avoid use on non-metallic body fillers, simulated wood grain siding and repainted surfaces.
Cleaning Flexible Magnets:
- To guard against moisture and dirt buildup between the magnet and the metal surface
(particularly on outdoor applications), remove the magnet at regular intervals. Clean both the
magnet and metal surface with mild detergent; wipe with a soft cloth or allow to air-dry. For
vehicle-mounted signs, remove and clean daily.
Storing Flexible Magnets:
- When not using, keep the flexible magnetic sheets in a clean, dry place.
- Stack flat magnet on a level surface. Avoid placing objects (such as cartons) on top that could
damage the face; do not stack with magnetic sides facing each other.
WARNING! Failure to follow the foregoing instructions and tips may cause damage to the magnetic
material and/or surface to which applied. Schneider Graphics, Inc. will not be held liable for any
damage caused by abuse, misuse, or failure to follow the foregoing tips and instructions.
Schneider Helpful Tips
Be short and to the point: Customers are in a hurry; respect that.
Use fonts that are easy to read: If customers can't quickly read it, they'll move on.
Clearly identify what your product or service is: Don't leave customers wondering what you do.
Use the words you or yours: Customers buy when they start visualizing themselves using your products.
Less can be more: Edit your copy until the meaning remains but the fluff is gone.
Survey your signage surroundings: Make sure it won't get lost among the background.
Have fun with your sign: Your goal is to grab a casual browser's attention with something catchy. They might even take a picture and share it.