By Glenn Taylor
Pictured is one of my part-timers, Dana. At the time these photos were taking, she had been with us for about six months. She had no experience when we hired her in January, 2000. Here, she is at "The Canvas Shop", one of three awning companies that we service. At this writing, she is now in charge of all awning graphics.
Cut graphic from intermediate vinyl.
In this case, we used Oracal 651.
Reverse weed the vinyl. Mask
with a "Low Tack" transfertape.
Flip the masked graphic face down and remove the liner.
Spray 3M Super 77 Spray Adhesive onto the adhesive side of the
vinyl. DO NOT SPRAY
ADHESIVE ONTO THE AWNING ITSELF.
When spraying, be careful not to let large dime-sized bubbles
develop in the adhesive.
Apply the graphic to the awning and squeegee as you would onto
any other substrate. Carefully
remove the transfer tape. The
adhesive will not have a tight bond to the fabric, hence the need for
"low tack" transfer tape.
After removing the transfer tape, re-squeegee the vinyl graphic
paying careful attention to the edge of the graphics.
You want to make sure the edge has adhered to the fabric.
Using NazDar Premaflex Ink, apply the ink using a fitch or an
artist's china bristle brush. Work the ink from the vinyl toward the center of the letter
or stripe. The goal is to
avoid accidentally pushing the ink up under the vinyl mask. Because the ink is thick, it will not run or bleed.
DO NOT THIN THE INK. Depending
on the color of the fabric, you may need to apply two coats. Normally,
we apply a thin coat followed by a much heavier coat.
You do not need to wait for the first coat to dry before applying
the second or third coat.
Remove the mask and let the ink dry for about 24 hours.
If you accidentally pushed some ink under the mask, don't panic.
Let the ink dry thoroughly and scrape the excess off with an
Exacto. If you have any
adhesive residue left on the fabric, normally caused by applying too
heavy of a coat, simply lift off using the sticky side of a piece of
packing tape. The glue will
come up cleanly.
The completed job after installation.
The entire project from start to finish took Dana six hours to
complete by herself. There
were four awnings in the entire job.
Meet Glenn Taylor
The business was started in 1978 by my father,
Jerry Taylor. He has sold his interest in the business, is semi-retired
and works part-time with us here at the shop. Linda Taylor (good ol'
mom) is the owner & boss. I'm VP (and janitor)
My wife's name is Wanda. She has little to do with
the business, other than to help me keep my sanity and give great
shoulder rubs. She works for her father at a Dwights TV taking care of
the books and operates a small ceramic business on the side.
The shop address will be 619 Park Ave., Wilson, North Carolina 27896
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