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Apply Transparent Printed Vinyl on Steel Plate Better Looking and Faster Than Spray Paint Letters

Products used in this video:

-AM.CO.ZA FastCOLOUR large format printer
-Transparent vinyl
-Cutting device
-Steel plate

In this video the consultants from Greating Heilbron exhibits the step by step procedure that they followed to print their company logo right onto clear vinyl using Advanced Machinery’s FastCOLOUR large format printer and then applied it onto a steel plate.

Let us have a look at the uses of clear plastic vinyl:

Easily bent:

Clear vinyl can be moulded according to the requirements of the particular application.


Clear vinyl can resist tough environmental and operating conditions, such as extreme temperatures.

Not affected by moisture and is water-resistant:

A clear vinyl layer can safeguard equipment and systems against the accumulation of water and other liquids.

Highly see-through:

Thick vinyl gauges offer exceptional see-through properties for applications in which visibility is a high priority.

UV resistance:

Clear vinyl windows can prevent harmful UV rays from entering into the enclosure.

Can be maintained effortlessly:

The bulk of clear vinyl products require limited maintenance.


Clear vinyl is well suited to be used in a wide range of applications. For instance, clear vinyl can be used to protect furniture in storage, appliances, and other pieces of machinery.

The advantage of applying the wet wrap method are as follows:

• Fluid assists in preventing pre-adhesion.
• It is great for first-time users.
• The fluid allows you to reposition the vinyl with ease as it gives you flexibility and won’t damage the paint on your vehicle or the new vinyl.
• The process is applicable for graphics placed on glass.
• The wet method exceptional for smaller applications.
• Wet wraps assists you to avoid problems like static.
How to master the art of wet vinyl graphic applications by following these simple steps:

Begin by spraying the surface with the wetting solution. Next, remove the vinyl from the backing paper by peeling it back from one corner. The backing readily separates from the film immediately before it is placed on the substrate or target surface. You may also spray the adhesive of the graphic.

The next step, is to place the graphic on the wet surface and position it. Once you are satisfied with the position, begin at the corner and press it down using moderately firm, overlapping strokes, making sure the squeegee applicator is flat with the substrate along the entire length of the stroke. This will help get rid off the fluid. Hold the squeegee at a 50 to 70-degree angle to the surface.

Make sure that you press the film surface using sweeping, overlapping motions with a squeegee to get all the water out from between the surface and the adhesive. If you do not do this you will have bubbles and may not get a strong bond between the media and the substrate. The bond is if the film is pressed again after a few hours.

When that is done, wait a few minutes and then saturate the paper cover tape with the wetting solution, then remove the tape and wipe the surface with a paper towel. In the end, inspect the edges and corners and re-squeegee if necessary and do a final clean-up of any leftover fluids or thumbprints or other residues. Then you’re good to go!

To buy Advanced Machinery’s large format printer and other machinery simply dial 072 222 2211 / 060 600 6000 or you can simply log onto our site am.co.za/ for more product information.