Tips for applying graphics - Bonnet (1 Viewer)

Jun 6, 2020
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Will be replacing the bonnet graphic, have a good understanding re removal / cleaning.

Any tips on how to align the new graphic and apply ?
 
Aug 19, 2007
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Use plenty of soapy water and you will be able to align it easier .
this was easy enough to put on and it was a bit windy.
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Oct 18, 2021
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The way we do it at work, depending on type of graphic.
Lay the graphic with it's liner on approximately where you want it and hold in place with magnets.
Use ruler etc to slide it about to find exact position.
Apply a masking tape hinge along one edge, top or side, preferably right side if right handed etc.
Lift up the graphic and unroll the liner from the hinge end. Important to roll the liner up tightly as this helps to keep the carrier tape straight.
Spray some soapy water if you are unsure or do it dry if you are confident.
Squeegee evenly from the hinge with overlapping strokes, keeping the graphic raised at about 30 degrees with your spare hand, use a pin to prick any bubbles.

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Jan 8, 2013
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Spray some soapy water if you are unsure or do it dry if you are confident.
Squeegee evenly from the hinge with overlapping strokes, keeping the graphic raised at about 30 degrees with your spare hand, use a pin to prick any bubbles.
As above
Its easier to position the graphic when it wet -- Its what the professionals do
 
Oct 18, 2021
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As above
Its easier to position the graphic when it wet -- Its what the professionals do
We don't use fluid for positioning, we use it to assist expelling air bubbles. The skilled applicator will apply dry because it's quicker unless the surface has complex curves.
The exception to this is window films, for tinting etc where the product is slid into place.
 
Apr 13, 2023
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Most modern graphics have air release now, so I've got a guy I supplied a car for his wife, now makes any graphics I need for free 👌 It's easier to apply dry without any bubbles, as pricking these will allow air and damp in by breaking the air tight seal.
Measure the area you want to cover, order to size, lay down graphic and tape edges with masking tape. Peel backing off half way across and simply squeegee from center to the outer edges with a soft foam edged spreader, then peel off the other half of backing using same procedure as you peel backing paper off.
It's all about the preparation, wash the surface off 1st, then use alcohol wipe or thinners to remove any tar spots.

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Jun 6, 2020
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Part one done - bonnet graphic removed as was warm today (Manilva)

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