Custom-printed vinyl graphics for windows grab the viewers’ attention right away and hold it there for a considerable amount of time. ROI is generated from more views and greater time spent by each viewer. Considerations to keep in mind:
Material Selection Impacts Installation
The question of whether to employ less costly vinyl materials—such as digitally printed calendar vinyl instead of cast vinyl—comes up frequently for graphic printer vendors. Cast vinyl is expensive when purchased from reputable manufacturers or brands like 3M, Avery Dennison, Arlon, and Orafol. They are removable and repositionable at the time of installation, and their thickness is less than 2 mil. Reputable producers of digital printers, including Roland, Epson, HP, Canon, Mutoh, and Roland, provide a vinyl printing profile that optimizes the printhead’s number of passes, temperature, ink, and print duration/speed.
These manufacturers develop print profiles or software drivers, that result in printing that is of excellent quality. Installing Cast Vinyl often takes less time because of its repositionable adhesive and air-releasing/bubble-eliminating characteristics. In summary:
• Cast Viny Material is more expensive, but it takes less time to apply to the window.
• Although less expensive, calendar vinyl materials need a lengthy installation process and do not have printer profiles, primarily due to their thickness and permanent adhesive.
The vendors have to inform clients and clarify the economic reasoning behind the medium selection and printing procedure.
Some of the digital vinyl media manufacturers started producing “intermediate vinyl” with a thickness of around 3.2mil (0.0032 inch) which is becoming popular among installers.
Readying the Installation
The installer must prepare the window surface For installation. Glass windows require special handling while cleaning; do not use ammonia-free window cleaning products or Windex. The best method is to clean with soapy water, then rinse with water many times to eliminate the soap residue. For applying vinyl graphics, a glass surface devoid of chemicals is essential.
Using a heat gun to pre-heat the window’s surface is another crucial step to do. This will facilitate the evaporation of any moisture or water from the media’s surface.
Vinyl Installation Steps
A skilled installer has to utilize a heat gun to post-heat the vinyl surface. If there is any moisture captured between the vinyl and the surface during installation, this will cause air bubbles to form. All producers of branded media require the use of a heat gun to complete the installation. This will result in a vinyl adhesive application to the window surface.
Manage Environment and Temperature of Installation.
A quality vinyl installation is vulnerable to adverse conditions such as wind, dust, debris, and extremely high or low temperatures. Avoid the application of vinyl signage during a wet period and when the ambient moisture content is more than 50%. The optimal temperature range for an environment is sixty to ninety degrees Fahrenheit.