Cutting Stickers and Decals
The designer sends the completed file through to the print team, who will set it up to be cut. A machine called a plotter will precision cut each shape perfectly. It is important to note that a plotter is only able to cut along a vector line.
Weeding and Application
Once the stickers and decals are cut, our team of sign makers will carefully weed out the excess vinyl by hand and apply specialised tape to aid the application. A technician then applies the graphics to the chosen substrate, which must be perfectly clean to ensure proper adhesion.
An application table fitted with a roller can be used when placing graphics on a flat, mobile signboard. The width limitation for this process sits at 3.5m, but this does not mean that smaller panels cannot join together (almost seamlessly) to create a larger sign. An installer can also apply cut Vinyl Graphics directly onto a wall or window on site.
The process of ensuring that custom decals are professionally applied, intact and properly aligned, with no air bubbles, is a garnered skill, perfected over years of practice.
Vinyl Cut Graphics Adhesion
Letters and shapes applied in this way are removable, which is great for temporary signs or when only certain parts of a sign frequently need to be updated. Unfortunately, cut vinyl graphics signage can also fall prey to vandals who remove certain letters, leaving behind a completely different message.
It is worth noting that the longer the self-adhesive sign has been left in place, the more difficult it is to remove.