Applying Your Vinyl Signs In Cold Weather Conditions.
Given the current cold weather conditions We have come up with some tips to help with application in cold weather conditions When applying your signs outdoors.
Most adhesives have an application range capability that falls somewhere between 50 degrees Fahrenheit minimum and 90 degrees Fahrenheit maximum.If the temperature is too cold, then the adhesive will not stick. By contrast, if it is too hot, then the adhesive becomes overly aggressive. The same holds true for the vinyl itself. If it is too cold, then the vinyl becomes stiff and less flexible. If it is too hot, then the vinyl softens up and becomes difficult to handle.Finally, the temperature of the substrate is a factor. If the surface is hot to the touch, then it is probably over 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Putting vinyl on substrates that are too hot or too cold will result in the adhesive getting either gummy or brittle. Any which way you cut it, applying outside the recommended temperature ranges reduces the vinyl’s ability to perform.
Since not all installation work can stop during the winter time, some installers will use RapidTac II Application Fluid to apply vinyl to glass in cold weather, but even then wet applications should only be attempted when temperatures are at least 64 degrees Fahrenheit.If you have an indoor garage area that you can use for installation in extreme cold, then you may use portable heaters to warm the temperature.
Alternatively you can use a heat gun or high power blow dryer to warm the area when applying your signs, this will activate the adhesive. However be careful not to get the vinyl too warm as this will result in the adhesive becoming too tacky.
For further details on how to apply vinyl signs please visit our "Fitting your signs" page For a range of videos and instructions.
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