Imformation on the Vinyl Graphics and Masking Kits

  • What is a Vinyl Graphic?
  • What is a Masking Decal?
  • What type of Vinyl is used ?
  • How should I care for my decal?
  • How do I remove my decal?
  • What is a Vinyl Graphic?


  • These Decals come to you in three layers. The top layer is called the Transfer Tape. It looks somewhat like regular masking tape. The middle layer is the actual Decal, the vinyl cutout which will be on your car. The bottom layer is a Backing Paper treated with a release agent.

    8-year HIGH PERFORMANCE cast vinyl film with a high gloss surface.
  • What is a Masking Decal?
  • The Masking Decal is the same as above consisting of three layers, But the masking is cut in a negative, leaving the expose area to paint on, It sticks like masking tape and is easily removed after being painted.
    This material is not the same as the vinyl used in vinyl application. It is meant to be used as a masking product .
    You will be amazed the time you save in masking, if you ever painted flames before..
    Remember this is a more permanent method and more Professional look, but it does require Painting skills and knowledge. Like all paint work prep is one of the most important stages for a perfect job.
  • What type of Vinyl is used?
  • Product Data Bulletin: A8-O
    Avery Graphics™ A8 Opaque
    8-year HIGH PERFORMANCE cast vinyl film
    Description:

    Avery Graphics™ A8 Opaque high performance cast vinyl films are premium quality, flexible,
    opaque solid color, high gloss, thin, vinyl films designed for use in architectural, transportation
    and general signage markings. Avery Graphics™ A8 Opaque films offer exceptional value for
    applications requiring high quality gloss and color films with extended durability.
    Application information can be found in the Avery Graphics Application Guide.
    For surface preparation, converting and printing, and application and removal instructions, please
    refer to the Avery Graphics Instructional Bulletin.
    Construction:
    · Face Film: 2.0 mil opaque high gloss high performance cast vinyl film
    · Adhesive: 1.0 mil clear acrylic permanent solvent pressure-sensitive adhesive
    · Liner: 78# white bleached kraft
    Physical Properties:
    The following information on physical and chemical characteristics is based upon tests believed
    to be reliable. The values are intended only as a source of information. They are given without
    guarantee and do not constitute a warranty. The purchaser should independently determine,
    prior to use, the suitability of this material for his/her specific purpose. (Data represents averages
    and is not intended for use as a specification). Additional application references can be found in
    the Avery Graphics Application Guide.
    · Outdoor durability: 8 years when properly processed and applied (vertical exposure,
    unprinted film)**
    · Application surface contours: Flat, Flat with Rivets, Rivets and Corrugation, and Compound
    Curves
    · Minimum surface and air application temperature: +40° F (4° C)
    · Service Temperature Range: -50° to 180° F (-46° to 82° C) (Reasonable range of
    temperatures which would be expected under normal environmental time and temperature
    conditions.)
    · Typical Chemical Resistance: Resistant to most mild acids, alkalis and salt solution. See
    instructional bulletin for recommendations on cleaning.
    · Shelf Life: One year when stored at temperatures and humidity conditions:
    68-77° F (20-25° C) 50+/-5% Relative Humidity.
    · Typical Adhesion Values: 180° Peels
    Substrate 24 hr 1 week
    · Typical Gloss: 90
    · Tensile at Yield: 4.0 lb/in. to 8.0 lb/in. (0.7 kg/cm to 1.5 kg/cm)
    · Elongation: 100% minimum
    · Dimensional Stability: Less than 0.015 in. (0.4 mm) shrinkage determined by measurement of
    unprinted 36 in.2 (91 cm2) film applied to an aluminum test panel after 72 hrs. aging at 73° F
    (23° C) 50+/-5% relative humidity followed by 48 hrs. at 150° F (65° C)


    Avery Graphics™ A6 Opaque
    5-6year INTERMEDIATE calendered vinyl film

    Description:
    Avery GraphicsTM A5 Opaque intermediate films are flexible, high-gloss calendered vinyls
    designed for use on computer sign cutting equipment. This construction provides excellent
    cutting, weeding and transferring characteristics for signage applications.
    Application information can be found in the Avery Graphics Application Guide.
    For surface preparation, converting and printing, and application and removal instructions, please
    refer to the Avery Graphics Instructional Bulletin.
    Construction:
    · Face Film: 3.2 mils opaque medium gloss intermediate calendered vinyl film
    · Adhesive: 1.0 mil clear acrylic permanent solvent pressure-sensitive adhesive
    · Liner: 78# bleached white kraft
    Physical Properties:
    The following information on physical and chemical characteristics is based upon tests believed
    to be reliable. The values are intended only as a source of information. They are given without
    guarantee and do not constitute a warranty. The purchaser should independently determine,
    prior to use, the suitability of this material for his/her specific purpose. (Data represents averages
    and is not intended for use as a specification).
    · Outdoor durability: 5 years when properly processed and applied (vertical exposure,
    unprinted film)**
    · Application surface contours: Flat and simple curves
    · Minimum surface and air application temperature: +50° F (10° C)
    · Service Temperature Range: -40° F to +180° F (-40° C to 82° C) (Reasonable range of
    temperatures which would be expected under normal environmental time and temperature
    conditions)
    · Typical Chemical Resistance: Resistant to most mild acids, alkalis and salt solutions. See
    instructional bulletin for recommendations on cleaning.
    · Shelf Life: One year when stored at the following temperatures and humidity conditions: 68°-
    77° F (20° - 25° C) and 50±5% R. H.
    · Typical Adhesion Values: 180° Peels
    Substrate 24 hrs 1 week
    Stainless Steel 4.4 lbs/in 5.1 lbs/in
    Glass 4.7 lbs/in 5.3 lbs/in
    NOTE: Tested per ASTMD 1000. Always pre-test your specific substrate prior to actual
    application.
    · Reflectivity: NA
    · Typical Gloss*: 70 at 60°
  • How should I care for my decal?

  • In colder climates, decals on windows of vehicles can be damaged by the scraping of frost or ice from the windows. Mild window cleaner may be used to clean the windows without damage to the decal. 
    On painted surfaces of vehicles, care must be taken when waxing. Wax will build up around the edges of the decal, and will need to be removed. Use a soft cloth, and take your time, and be gentle. DON'T DO. A brush, for example will force the wax underneath the edge of the decal, and the decal will begin to peel. Your Decal will not be damaged by normal use of car wash products, or water. Although the decals will withstand pressure washers, car washes, these will reduce the life and appearance of your Decal. The decals will not last forever, but will give you many years of enjoyment if taken care of. 
  • How do I remove my decal?

  • These Decals can be removed when you are tired of the look, so this process is not permanent as painting on surface.

    Avery Graphics™ self-adhesive films have been designed to create high quality promotional,
    architectural and fleet decals and markings. Should removal of markings with permanent
    adhesive be required, differences in film characteristics (e.g., vinyl vs. polyester) and the
    substrate surface (e.g., painted vs. unpainted) will combine to make each removal slightly
    different. The purpose of these instructions is to provide a general removal method useful in
    many removal situations. Always test a small area before commencing decal removal to ensure
    that the substrate will not be damaged.
    Suggested removal tools
    · Heatgun
    · Knife
    · Razor blade
    · Putty knife
    · Cleaning solvent
    Cold pull method
    In many instances, it is merely a matter of picking or lifting an edge of an applied decal and
    pulling to remove the entire decal. This can be achieved with the use of a fingernail, putty knife,
    knife or razor blade. Once an edge has been lifted, grasp the decal with your hand and pull the
    decal away from the substrate. Minimizing the degree of the pull angle will reduce the potential
    for adhesive transfer--typically less than a 45° angle will meet this requirement. However,
    success can be achieved at greater than 45° angles, but adhesive residue may still be present.
    When the temperature is below 50° F (10° C), there may be instances where difficulty in removal
    is encountered. Such difficulty could cause tearing of the decal to be removed or excessive
    adhesive residue. When these situations arise, the heat method (below) is recommended.
    Heat method
    With a heatgun, heat entire decal by holding heat source approximately 6 to 12 inches
    (15 – 30 cm) away from the surface. After heating the entire decal for approximately 30-60
    seconds, loosen a corner of the decal and pull marking back slowly. A slow, steady pulling and
    lifting action at less than a 90° angle will usually prevent film from breaking and will remove most
    of the adhesive from the substrate. If decal becomes hard to pull, stop, reheat the decal and
    proceed with removal.
    Any adhesive residue remaining may be removed by wiping with a clean rag saturated with mineral spirts.



The application of this Vinyl Graphics requires a degree of skill, and concentration. If you feel you cannot apply this Decal yourself, any auto detailer, or body shop can apply it for you. flameit.com or hotrodworks.net cannot be responsible for replacing decals that have been damaged during application. 



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