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 Vehicle Wrapping - Preparation


Outgassing is critical to remove any solvents before laminating

The time needed to outgas will vary depending on the print e.g. black ink or darker solid colour print will have a greater ink density on the film, which will require a longer outgassing time.

You may find that it can take up to 72 hours to fully outgas dense colour prints. Some dark blues and black colours can reach 400% ink coverage, compared to a light grey which could be as low as 60%. More ink = more solvent!

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What is the ideal temperature for outgassing?

The ideal temperature for outgassing would be 23 degrees. If loosely winding the roll, it is important to circulate air, using a fan to blow away from the graphic. It is still difficult for solvent to escape from the centre of the roll where it will be still relatively tight together.

If possible, we would recommend sheeting your graphics and lay them out flat on a bench with constant air flow for 72 hours at 23 degrees.

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How to store digital print wrap films

Vinyl needs to acclimatise, ideally for 3 hours at room temperature 20-23 degrees before printing to allow optimum print quality. Dry warm conditions are a must for vinyl storage. Damp areas can create problems with paper liners, that can absorb moisture and cause cockling and print head strikes whilst printing.

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Leave newly wrapped vehicles indoors overnight

Once you have finished your vehicle wrap, ideally it’s best to keep the vehicle indoors in a controlled temperature environment overnight. This gives the adhesive time to bond.

Moving a vehicle from 20 degrees to -4 degrees will be a massive shock to the vinyl and adhesive, which could lead to shrinking. Ensuring the wrap is post heated correctly and kept in overnight avoids any potential issues.

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How to create the perfect vehicle wrap

Creating the right wrapping environment and understanding the correct production methods for your printer is vital. Using the right materials and tools can aid the wrapping process by saving time and effort.

Application temperature is critical to how a film performs; all films should have recommended minimum and maximum working temperatures; and a clean and dust-free environment will aid application greatly.

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