Transfer tape, contact paper, or masking tape?

by MyVinylDesigner 11. April 2011 00:06

We highly recommend using the Transfer Rite Ultra Transfer Tape (high tack) or R-TAPE Conform 4075-RLA Transfer Tape for all your Oracal vinyl projects, especially if you're selling finished vinyl projects.

Some use contact paper and masking tape for smaller, around the house projects.  However, in the long term these quick fixes can be more costly and take more time, especially if you like to create with vinyl.  If you plan to do several projects, keep a 15" or 24" wide roll of professional, opaque transfer tape on hand.  A used piece of transfer tape can be reused a couple times for personal projects.  (We keep our used sheets gently tacked to the wall and/or sides of the bookshelf.)  It's very affordable and perfect if you have a "surprise" sale of one of your finished masterpieces. 

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Helping Customers with Transfer Tape Problems

by MyVinylDesigner 24. October 2010 05:42

We highly recommend using the Transfer Rite Ultra Transfer Tape (high tack) or R-TAPE Conform 4075-RLA Transfer Tape for all your Oracal vinyl projects.  If you or a customer has difficulty hanging a project using this transfer tape, there are really only two reasons why it might be difficult:

1- The vinyl is being cut too deep The cutter blade should only lightly score the glossy side of the vinyl backing.   If it cuts too deep, it will be very easy to weed, but very-very difficult to hang.  Check often by lifting up letters and hanging sample letters on walls where vinyl is already hung.   Then adjust the depth of your cutter blade to see if this resolves the problem.

2- The surface of the wall has poor tactile properties.  Vinyl lettering does not adhere well to all flat and satin finishes and wallpapers.  It also doesn't hang well if the wall is soiled with grime or damp from humidity and cooking oils.  It is best to encourage customers to hang a couple sample letters on their wall first, before hanging a finished design, just to see if the vinyl lettering hangs well.  It's also a great way to use those letters from the designs messed up during the cutting or weeding process. 

If you use the true combination of Oracal 631 vinyl and the Transfer Rite Ultra Transfer Tape (high tack) or R-Tape, you will always have the perfect combination for home decor vinyl projects.

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Why is clear high tack transfer tape taking paint off my wall?

by MyVinylDesigner 8. October 2010 14:53

"Why is the high tack clear transfer tape taking paint off my walls?"

First of all, we do not recommend using any kind of clear transfer tape.  Either it doesn't pull the vinyl off its backing or it doesn't allow it transfer well to the wall.  We recommend using the opaque Transfer Rite Ultra (high tack) or the R Tape Conform 4075 RLA transfer tapes because both perform exceptionally well.  These transfer tapes are available through most vinyl distributors, including  Regional Supply in SLC, UT at 1-800-365-8920.

If a wall is being really stingy about sticking, you can use Oracal 651 vinyl, but it will cost a little more and have a little shine to it.  Or you can use a heat gun or embossing gun on the lettering once it has been applied.  Just go along the letters and heat them up a little (not too much or they will melt) but enough to activate the adhesive on back and then press the letters into the wall.  Once cooled, the letters stick to even the most difficult walls. 

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Why doesn't vinyl stick to all paints?

by MyVinylDesigner 8. October 2010 14:47

"I was wondering if you have had any customers notify you of issues with the Oracal 631 not sticking well to certain semi-glossy or glossy paints?  Is there a better vinyl to use for these types of painted walls?  Just wondering if you have any suggestions so I can avoid having to re-do wall art orders."

We always tell customers that semi gloss and gloss paint works best.  We've only ever heard of it not working a couple times ... one was in a kitchen where they determined there was an oily residue on the wall.  The other one had an oil-based paint that was rather old and didn't stick well. 

Vinyl lettering does not adhere well to all flat and satin finishes and wallpapers.  It also doesn't hang well if the wall is soiled with grime or damp from humidity and cooking oils.  It is best to encourage customers to hang a couple sample letters on their wall first, before hanging a finished design, just to see if the vinyl lettering hangs well.  It's also a great way to use those letters from the designs messed up during the cutting or weeding process. 

If a wall is really stingy about sticking, you can use Oracal 651 vinyl (but it does have a little shine to it).  Or you can use a heat gun on the lettering once it has been applied.  An embossing gun works great.  Just go along the letters and heat them up a little (not too much or they will melt) but enough to activate the adhesive on back and then press the letters into the wall.  It cools stick to the wall and works great in the most difficult situations.

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