Installing a Vinyl Graphic on a Compound Curved Window | Step-by-Step Instructions with Photos.
Prior to installing your vinyl graphic, please see how to properly clean the surface at the link: Vinyl Graphic Application | How to Ensure a Successful Install
Once the surface is properly cleaned as noted in the link above, please see Step-by-Step instructions below on Installing a Vinyl Graphic on a Compound Curved Window.
Step #1 Cut a center-strip in backing of Vision Film. Be careful not to cut the vinyl graphic.
Step #2 Remove Center Strip prior to install.
Step #3 Apply Center Strip to Window. Do this after you have correctly positioned graphic on window.
Step #4 Remove paper backing while pressing down on window film to the glass. Avoid stretching the PVC film during installation. The film has a memory and, if stretched, may return to its original shape, causing it to lift off the glass later.
Step #5 Example of a good angle to hold squeegee. NOTE: If a heat gun is used to install graphics around curves, do not exceed 250°F and apply heat for only a few seconds at a time. Applying too much heat and tension during installation can stretch the film out of shape and deform the holes, as well as negatively impact the film’s adhesive properties.
Step #6 Pull tension while applying film onto window. But again, avoid stretching the PVC film during installation. The film has a memory and, if stretched, may return to its original shape, causing it to lift off the glass later.
Step #7 Continue steps 4 through 6 while applying film to window.
Step #8 Example of applying tension to the window film, without stretching.
Step #9 Continue steps 4 – 6 until one side is complete.
Step #10 Peel back paper liner from opposite side.
Step #11 If bubbles appear, pull back up on window film.
Step #12 Continue to squeegee on the opposite side.
Step #13 Continue to pull paper back while applying film to window.
Step #14 Pull up window graphic and re-apply if bubbles appear.
Step #15 If bubbles in film, re-lift graphic and apply tension while applying graphic.
Step #16 Example of a good squeegee angle.
Step #17 Film is now Installed. Time for final detail steps.
Step #18 Squeegee edges completely to ensure they are welded down.
Step #19 Squeegee all four edges.
Step #20 Amount of blade needed for Olfa Knife prior to trimming excess vinyl graphic.
Step #21 Cut excess Vision vinyl film from edges of window.
Step #22 Trimming top edge of Vision Vinyl Graphic film.
Step #23 Ensure all surfaces are securely applied by doing a once-over with squeegee. NOTE: Use an edge sealer. If the edges of the film have been handled a lot or have been stretched — both of which can adversely affect the film’s adhesive — an edge sealer will help prevent them from lifting.
Once the vinyl graphic application is completed properly you will reap the rewards for many years to come!
Installing a Vinyl Graphic on a Compound Curved Window