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Offline Donald1

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Correct vinyl thickness to use for number plate backgrounds?
« on: January 09, 2018, 09:54:51 AM »
I wish it could just be simple...

I bought yellow background for my IT but it waas too thin and I could not keep micro bubbles from forming.
So.... I tried spray painting the background, but even with plastic paint, it chipped on the ends.

So.... back to the vinyl stickers, but Im wondering if there is a quality vinyl that's idiot proof when putting it on number plates to minimize the bubbles?  :o

They do it an auto graphics/window/body shop but  thought it may be too expensive.

Offline killindini1

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Re: Correct vinyl thickness to use for number plate backgrounds?
« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2018, 11:36:36 AM »
Hi Donald,

The problem with vinyl on side covers is, they are a compound curve.
Trapped air bubbles are not avoidable, but you can eliminate them.
A heat gun, or hair dryer, and a pin. The trick is to avoid creases, as you will not be able to get rid of those.
Any small bubbles you have prick them with a pin, then carefully massarge them out with your finger and heat gun.
The heat gun will shrink the vinyl helping smooth things out.
The thinner the vinyl, the easier it is to form over the curves imo.
NOT TOO MUCH HEAT.
Good luck,

cheers,
Steve.
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Offline fred99999au

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Re: Correct vinyl thickness to use for number plate backgrounds?
« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2018, 02:23:04 PM »
And float them on with soapy water from a spray bottle. Dish soap works.

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Re: Correct vinyl thickness to use for number plate backgrounds?
« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2018, 05:13:20 PM »
They do it an auto graphics/window/body shop but  thought it may be too expensive.

My last yellow number plate was a dozen stubbies
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Re: Correct vinyl thickness to use for number plate backgrounds?
« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2018, 07:07:01 PM »
Hi
I sprayed mine hyundai yellow a few years down the track still fine
Sorry can get pics up
cant work it out , Help !
1x IT 400,worn out now
1x IT 200
3x IT 250 Various
1x Gas Gas 200 excellent
1x GS650 project
1x IT 125
1x It 465 working on it
1 x IT 175
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Offline fred99999au

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Re: Correct vinyl thickness to use for number plate backgrounds?
« Reply #6 on: January 11, 2018, 12:02:35 PM »
Oh, and the last yellow background I bought from a truck signwriters as a couple of metres long about 900 wide and wasnt something i needed to sell a major internal organ for. Choice of colours and pantone shades to choose from if the signwriter is big enough.

Offline Donald1

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Re: Correct vinyl thickness to use for number plate backgrounds?
« Reply #7 on: February 05, 2018, 06:18:12 AM »
Thanks for the advice everyone, I guess ill experiment/try the thinner vinyl, heat and a needle  8)