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Old 01-20-2013, 03:52 PM #1
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Vinyl + grills

Ok so wasn't sure wether to post this in here or the mask section so I took a gamble, in a moment of madness I decided to buy some neon green self adhesive vinyl, thought I could make my grills look Pritty cool now the stuff won't go to waste as I'm working on a car project were I'm sure I can do some fun stuff with it but my question to you lot is has anyone ever done this before and how did you mange or would you, cutting a sticking to exact area is going to be nearly impossible so I'm going to have to it sections however I fear this will look tacky any thoughts or suggestions

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Old 01-20-2013, 11:25 PM #2
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lay the vinyl sheet to the mask in form, press the sheet in. and then trim accordingly with an exacto.

make sure the mask surface is clean and even.
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Old 01-21-2013, 08:20 AM #3
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The ones I make are done in 3 pieces and I haven't had anyone complain. Laying the design down in one piece is difficult but do-able with one solid colored sheet, as long as you're using the proper material. If it's vinyl that isn't meant to be put around those types of curves it won't work.
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Old 01-21-2013, 01:02 PM #4
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It's sign making vinyl
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Old 01-21-2013, 01:04 PM #5
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Yeah I figured that. There are two main types of vinyl, cast and calendered. If you have calendered material you will never wrap anything like a grill. With cast material you can.
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Old 01-21-2013, 01:08 PM #6
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Don't have a grill template do ya
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Old 01-21-2013, 01:43 PM #7
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Yeah I do along with several other goggles that I make special stickers for.
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Old 01-21-2013, 02:00 PM #8
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Ah and I take it you won't send it to me as its for your business fair enough
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You're on the right track, you just need to check that the vinyl you bought is a cast material. Whoever sold it to you should know. If it is take your time and use a heat gun to get the material in the cracks. Here is what someone else did with an I4 http://www.pbnation.com/showthread.php?t=3922604
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Old 01-21-2013, 03:22 PM #10
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As you seem to know your vinyl is it possible to get vinyl that you can iron on fabrics?
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No vinyl is made for an iron, commercially you'd use a heat press. Although you can iron on those same vinyls, you just might not get great results. A heat press gives you even pressure over the area as well as a readout on your temperature (various depending on the heat transfer), you don't get those two things with an iron.
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Old 01-21-2013, 03:56 PM #12
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Might give it a bash see what happens, self adhesive + iron could be interesting
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I've seen it done but it won't last. They make special material for applying to fabric. What I meant is it's not made for home application with an iron.
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its a catch 22 with vinyl, you need steam to shape and form it but that will also remove all adhesive...

I work in upholstery and I know the tricks and have the materials to make what you want work. but you dont so trying would probably ruin your mask
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You don't want steam for adhesive vinyl, you need heat with cast material. You're not going to ruin a mask by trying to put vinyl on it. Worst case you have a sticky mess to clean up.
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if you use an iron on plastic youll ruin a mask... thats what i was referring to. and i mentions that steam and adhesive dont mesh well. I work with vinyl everyday, I apply my own adhesive after steaming
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Old 01-22-2013, 11:56 AM #17
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The iron was referring to use of fabric, I'm not stupid enough to put an iron on my mask
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im sure you are, i wasnt saying hey youre stupid for wanting to do this...


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Old 01-22-2013, 12:35 PM #19
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Wasn't meant come across aggressively dude was just saying
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Old 01-23-2013, 01:40 PM #20
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Failed with flying coulers seems not to stick to rubber
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if you use an iron on plastic youll ruin a mask... thats what i was referring to. and i mentions that steam and adhesive dont mesh well. I work with vinyl everyday, I apply my own adhesive after steaming
I think you jumped in the middle without reading the whole thread.

We're talking about applying adhesive vinyl to goggles. The kind you might use on a car. You would never use steam to apply it, only to remove it. You can use a heat gun to aid in application.

The second part was referring to applying special heat transfer vinyl to fabric. For that you can use an iron but it isn't recommended. It sounds like you're applying adhesive to vinyl fabric for upholstery, not exactly what he was referring to.
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