Lettering on the Cheap

The first step to applying your lettering or graphics is to cover your work area with a mist of application fluid. You cannot put too much application fluid on your work area- however, it will increase the amount of dry time later in the application. As per our previous tutorials, you should have marked your vinyl and surface area with a wax pen. For this reason, we will carry on with the installation. Next you will want to remove the vinyl from the masking tape, by pulling on the vinyl paper more than the tape itself. Pull the paper halfway through your design, leaving the other half concealed by the masking tape. You may choose to optionally tear off the part you’ve removed if the tape is getting in your way. Next you will center your design with the wax mark, with the mark you’ve left on your surface. This will ensure the design is centered. Once you’ve aligned your design and applied the first half onto the surface, feel free to pull away the last half of the design paper from the masking tape and gently smooth the remainder onto your surface. Because you’ve wet the surface down with Application Fluid, you will have some forgiveness if you need to pull the design back up and readjust its position. Using a hard squeegee you will want to smooth out the design by pressing gently from the center out. The goal is to remove as much application fluid or bubbles from the design before it sets on your surface. Because you have used application fluid you should wait some amount of time (as little as 5 minutes) before checking to see if your lettering is beginning to stick. Do not remove the tape if the vinyl is not sticking to your surface. How you remove the Vinyl is very important. Do not pull the masking tape away from your surface, but instead pull along the surface of your surface to reduce stress on your newly applied vinyl. First, start by pulling on a corner of your masking tape and apply a slow steady pressure Once the masking tape has been removed, feel free to use alcohol to remove the wax pencil marks on your surface. If you notice any further bubbles under your vinyl, use a Soft Squeegee to gently smooth the vinyl out. Do not use the hard squeegee, as this may damage your design.

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Lettering on the Cheap

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