Lettering on the Cheap

Today we’ll be talking about a one part vs a multiple part vinyl install. One of the reasons we offer this option is because there are large number of different vinyls and customer requests for unique designs. Some of these designs would be simply impossible to replicate on a single piece of vinyl. For instance, a glossy red backed decal with a carbon fiber design. These are two unique surfaces with different glossy levels and characteristics. Rather than simply so ‘no, you can’t do that’ we offer the opportunity to lay two types of vinyl together. Ahead, we’ll explain how easy it is to apply multiple layers. Your first concern as with any vinyl you’re applying is to ensure your vinyl is applied directly where you intend it. To do this, we will measure the surface of your design to find a level horizontal and parallel points. We will mark the surface with a wax pencil and then repeat the process over the top of your taped vinyl. This will ensure both your surface and the decal will align correctly by placing one on top of the other. You will then continue as any normal installation, applying application down to your surface is you choose to and removing the backing from your decal. Remember to the backing from the decal, rather than the decal from the backing. Apply the decal to your surface by aligning the previously drawn lines together. Using application fluid in this step will help you realign your decal if you incorrectly place it the first time. Once you’ve settled on your placement the next step would be to use a squeegee to remove any fluid or air bubbles under the decal. Once your decal has sat for a short while and has adhered to your surface, it will be safe to remove the masking tape. A smart tip that can save you time, is to remove only the edges of the masking tape and reapply wax marks on your vinyl itself in the same positions as the wax marks on your masking tape. This will save you from having to measure all over again. Remember to remove the masking tape by not pulling up, but along the decal to ensure you don’t pull or stretch your applied decal mistakenly. Now you are ready to apply the second layer of vinyl to your decal you’ve already applied. You will repeat the process of measuring to find the correct position for your second layer decal and as we did with the first layer, you will mark the decal, align the layers and apply. You can do this a countless number of times. The important part is to measure and ensure your placement before applying permanently.

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