If graphics are designed by an advertising agency, it’s
a good idea to ask them to submit the design in the original
software in which the artwork was created. For example if
the artwork was created in Adobe Photoshop then it should
be submitted in the native format with all the layers intact
so that Saifee Signs can modify the design (if it needs to)
fit the vehicle. Please read our graphics submission guidelines
in detail by clicking here.
Saifee Signs highly recommends that vehicles are washed in
a car wash a few hours before its is brought into our warehouse
for graphics installs ation. The vehicle should be car washed
preferably at a place that can use brushes or pressure-washing
to remove road grime from the low-lying parts under the wheel
well, inside the door panels etc. where dirt usually accumulates.
Wax, polish, grease, or grime interfere with the graphics
adhesive and therefore must be cleaned—if necessary—using
industrial cleaners and / or silicone-based detergents (any
cleaning chemical must be tested on the vehicle in an inconspicuous
area to make sure it will not mar the paint surface).
Once the vehicle is brought into our warehouse we clean it
with isopropyl alcohol or other chemicals to remove any remaining
oily residues / dirt / contaminants. Special attention is
placed on the vehicle's cracks and crevices, where contaminants
generally accumulate. We then perform a vehicle inspection
and take note of places that have any kind of surface damage
like paint scratches, dents etc. This inspection helps as
a guideline to ensure that our clients know about any surface
problems on the vehicle.
It is best to apply the graphics indoors, especially for small
vehicles with curved surfaces. This prevents wind, dust, and
other contaminants and at the same time helps control the
temperature. However, for large vehicles like delivery trucks
and trailers, outdoor installations work fine. The sheer size
of the graphics and flat surfaces of trucks and trailers,
combined with the aggressive adhesives available today, allow
successful outdoor application of graphics.
Saifee Signs uses dry installation techniques with all wraps
for the proper adhesion of graphics. Wrapping is performed
following standard procedures established by manufacturers
like 3M and Oracal. During the graphics installation process
the material is heated and applied using industrial gas torches
and heat guns so that it takes the shape of the vehicle body
and achieves almost a paint-like finish. After the wrapping
is completed, sometimes the material is reheated in places
with complex curves and corrugations where the material is
highly stretched. The reheating molds the material and prevents
it from reverting back to its original state.
During the installation process, air bubbles are a common
occurrence which is easily taken care of by puncturing the
bubbles with a sharp pin. Bubbles are also common problem
after the installation process, so there is no need to panic.
They can easily be removed using a sharp pin and pressing
against them with a thumb or squeegee.
Also worth noting is the fact that in most cases graphics
can only be installed on painted surfaces. Unpainted plastic
parts such as bumpers, fenders etc are usually non-receptive
to vinyl adhesive and the graphics may peel off from these
places in a few days. Saifee Signs can test plastic surfaces
on your vehicle to check if they are capable of retaining
graphics. Please ask us to perform testing on such places
before graphics printing.
Vehicle Graphics Maintenance
After any graphic installation it is advisable to leave the
graphics for atleast 3-4 days before taking the vehicle through
a car wash. If possible, use a brushless car wash and always
avoid high-pressure cleaning and caustic chemicals.
With the advent of hi-tech digital print media removal of
graphics is very easy. In most cases, all it takes is a gentle
application of heat to soften the adhesive and the graphics
are easily pulled away from the surface. Any remaining adhesive
on the surface is cleaned up using regular automotive cleaners.
In fact, with the newly available removable and changeable
graphic materials the removal process does not even need any
heat or chemical cleanup.
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