When it comes to sign supplies, adhesive vinyl is at the top of the list. And if you are familiar with adhesive vinyl, chances are that you have heard the talk surrounding the use of application tape.
I know what you are thinking—is application tape the same as transfer tape? In short, yes. The two terms can be used interchangeably. When it comes to using application tape or transfer tape, many people fear using it incorrectly and botching their final product, which is completely understandable.
When it comes to using application tape on vinyl, there are a few steps we believe are crucial to ensure that you have a professional-looking vinyl graphic or sign.
The Application Process
When it comes to using transfer tape, it is important to have your design cut and ready to go, and you need to ensure that the excess parts of your vinyl are cut off. This process is known as ‘weeding.’
Only once you have removed excess vinyl and are ready to transfer your vinyl to its final surface should you proceed to the next part of applying transfer tape to it. If you are familiar with application or transfer tape, you know that it comes with a low-tack side and a medium- or high-tack side. The low-tack side is the side that will stick to the vinyl on the backing paper, and the medium- or high-tack side is the side that will aid you in transferring the vinyl to its final destination.
Applying Transfer Tape to Vinyl
The size of your design will determine the amount of transfer tape you need. Once you have the appropriate amount of transfer tape, apply it over the vinyl design. It is incredibly important that you ensure there are no bubbles or wrinkles. The tape should be smooth and wrinkle-free while covering the design in its entirety.
After you have placed the tape over the design, use a credit card, ruler, or other smoothing tool to press down on the tape. Push outwards to help remove any bubbles or wrinkles that have formed. Again, the important part here is that the tape is perfectly attached to the vinyl, and that it is completely smooth and wrinkle-free.
The type of tape you use matters. While transfer tape should be clear, not every tape is. It is best to invest in a high-quality and professional transfer tape to ensure that the vinyl looks its best.
If you are ever unsure of which tape to use, don’t hesitate to contact the experts at AirMark—we’re here to help your design to live up to your expectations with the best guidance, advice, and range of products to help make your next project a success, no matter what it may be! Check out our site or give us a call today.