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Old 04-19-2013, 02:19 PM
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Graphics Application Help

I know a lot of you guys on here have experience with this where I do not.

Within the next week or so I'm going to change up my graphics package on my X2.

I guess I'm looking for tips on ensuring I get the best possible adhesion which i would imagine the most important part would be surface prep. Any advice would be appreciated.

Plan is to use heat gun to remove current decals, prep surface, develop alignment method and decide on positioning (use masking tape and measurement tools), apply, and finish.

I'll definitely post before and after pics if I can get help.

I really want these to stay bc the supply is limited and wasn't cheap.
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Old 04-19-2013, 02:48 PM
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I will be very interested in reading and seeing methods myself. I will be replacing my S+S graphics this year. Maybe we can all learn something here. Please do post pics, as I am sure that there will be the usual outpouring of information coming.
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Old 04-19-2013, 03:03 PM
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I used an eraser wheel to get my old graphics off my old boat.it hooks up to a drill and rubs e decals off without marring or damaging your boat. After that some goof off to remove any left over residue then maybe a full wash and wipedown with acetone? Let dry and apply.

Maybe others will disagree but this is how I would do it.
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Old 04-19-2013, 03:45 PM
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I'll second the eraser wheel. While I didn't use it I wish I had.

I went through this website and there was lot of info on using chemicals. Went ahead and used acetone but afterwords I happened across a thread that said it can soften the gel. On one side I have some slight yellowing on/in my white gel and i wonder if its from the acetone.

It bugs the fricken h*ll out of me
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Old 04-19-2013, 03:53 PM
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What are you changing to.....I removed mine, not sure if/what I want to put on.........
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Old 04-19-2013, 04:15 PM
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I took my old ones off using a heat gun and peeling them by hand. I buffed and polished the boat after that. I used acetone to prep the surface. If you are afraid of acetone, just use some rubbing alcohol. I measured and used masking tape to get the alignment right. It's tough to figure out exactly where you want them and what you want to reference to.

A lot of people spray a soapy water mix then apply the decals and squeeze the water out from behind the decals. I didn't do this, but I wish I had. I ended up with a few air bubbles in mine. They are really tough to get out after the fact with the drip molded decals. 99% of people could look closely at the decals and never notice the air bubbles, but they kinda bother me.

This video shows the method I was trying to describe. Where is that guy from? I've never heard anyone pronounce decal like that.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pw-MSNdL8wg
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Old 04-19-2013, 04:48 PM
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Process to prep...

#1 Use hot water and dawn dishwashing soap... put enough dawn in so water feels slippery... wash area down well rinse...rinse...rinse...

#2 Get at least 30% isopropyl alcohol white down with cloth towels... let dry...

#3 Get some lint free towels and wipe down again with isopropyl.

You can use this for to aid in application... https://www.signsplusbanners.com/ite...+Applicationse

get one of these to squeegee the graphics from the transfer tape .. this is the best one out there..

https://www.signsplusbanners.com/ite...Hand+Squeegees
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Old 04-19-2013, 04:52 PM
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If you want it to last get some edge sealer... this will keep the edges from coming up.

https://www.signsplusbanners.com/ite...quid+Laminates

I work in the industry - not a certified installer - but know the products... take your time...
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Good answers Mike! I will be ordering those supplies in case it ever warms up enough here in MN for me to put my graphics on.
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Good answers Mike! I will be ordering those supplies in case it ever warms up enough here in MN for me to put my graphics on.
Oh yeah I should of mention 70-80 degrees - optimal application temperature... Doh!
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