+Can sign vinyl be applied to glass?
Yes. Preperation and application instructions are available on the downloads section of our website.
+How do I avoid struggling to weed lettering on Sign Vinyls?
When cutting any materials the best result can be gained when using the correct cutting force, speed and ensuring that the cutting strip and blade is in pristine condition. We always recommend using the test function on your cutter when using any new media to ensure the correct cutting force is used for that media.
Sign vinyls by their very nature are designed for reasonably large signage applications and so are not made to cut small text. A test conducted here at Xpres found that 42 point (12mm in height) is the smallest that can be cut and front weeded with ease.
A method known as Back Weeding does however enable smaller text to be cut and weeded. This method involves applying application tape to designs before peeling away the backing paper and excess vinyl.
If back weeding sign vinyl our Film Application Tape (XP2131 or XP2132) is recommended over the paper application tape offered.
+How do I stop digital vinyl (MD3, MD5 etc.) curling after I have cut it?
The curling of vinyls after they have been printed and cut is commonly caused by the solvents found in Eco Sol and Full Solvent inks.
These solvents attack the surface of the media to enable the pigments in the inks to bond to the surfaces.
Solvents however need to leave the surface of the vinyl before it is cut so that they will not attack the edges of the media and cause it to curl.
This process of allowing the solvents to escape is known as Out Gassing and means the vinyl should be left for 24 Hours before being cut or laminated.
As solvents are heavier than air, they will not leave the vinyl if it is laid flat. It is therefore important to leave it vertical (either as a hung sheet or rolled up loosely) and kept away from the floor.
To cut at a later date use Crop Marks (Roland) or Registration Marks (Mimaki) to align the cutting of what has been printed on a previous occasion – see relevant FAQ section for your printer type.