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Installing a Vinyl Graphic On a Compound Curved Window

Installing a Vinyl Graphic On a Compound Curved Window

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.

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Step #2   Remove Center Strip prior to install.

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Step #3   Apply Center Strip to Window.  Do this after you have correctly positioned graphic on window.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Step #7    Continue steps 4 through 6 while applying film to window.

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Step #8    Example of applying tension to the window film, without stretching.

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Step #9    Continue steps 4 – 6 until one side is complete.

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Step #10    Peel back paper liner from opposite side.

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Step #11    If bubbles appear, pull back up on window film.

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Step #12    Continue to squeegee on the opposite side.

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Step #13    Continue to pull paper back while applying film to window.

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Step #14    Pull up window graphic and re-apply if bubbles appear.

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Step #15    If bubbles in film, re-lift graphic and apply tension while applying graphic.

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Step #16    Example of a good squeegee angle.

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Step #17    Film is now Installed. Time for final detail steps.

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Step #18    Squeegee edges completely to ensure they are welded down.

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 Step #19    Squeegee all four edges.

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Step #20    Amount of blade needed for Olfa Knife prior to trimming excess vinyl graphic.

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Step #21    Cut excess Vision vinyl film from edges of window.

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Step #22    Trimming top edge of Vision Vinyl Graphic film.

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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.

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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

Step-By-Step Instructions

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3 Responses to Installing a Vinyl Graphic on a Compound Curved Window | Step-By-Step Instructions

  1. Jimmy John says:

    Thanks for the post and step by step! Looks good. Having graphics on windows and vehicles is a great way to garner more attention towards your brand and business. Their inherent uniqueness tends to draw in many eyes.

  2. William says:

    Really wonderful information can be found on web blog.

  3. I can definitely see why you would want to use a squegee when installing a window graphic. My wife and I have been wanting to make a little extra money by advertising on our car. I definitely think that we should look into finding a service that would help us to apply a graphic to our rear window.

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