Sign & Digital Graphics

April '20

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S D G M A G . C O M • A P R I L 2 0 2 0 • 1 7 using the alignment marks position the vinyl back in place and squeegee down. Be sure you trim back any graphics that go over rubber seals with a knife to avoid failure. Angle the blade away from the rubber seal, so you trim along it, not into it. SPOT GRAPHICS If you're installing a solid, printed sec- tion of graphics, for example a logo that is not cut to shape, then you may not need application tape. If it's hot outside, then I recommend applying applica- tion tape to help avoid stretching. Any contour cut graphics will need to have application tape. If the graphics do not extend to the edge of the window, then there is a little different method for installation. Start by putting small pieces of masking tape on the top two corners of the graphics against a clean surface. Get in the habit of eye-balling placement to get as close to centered left to right and at the height you desire. You'll still need to measure, but you'll find that over time you get good at placing by eye first and it cuts down on time spent measuring and moving. Once the graphic is approximately positioned, we measure left to right first, then from the closest straight line to a line of text or straight section of the graphics vertically. Although we cut straight weed borders on our graphics, we still double check measurements by measuring to the text as well. HINGE Depending on the shape and size of the graphic we'll either use a top hinge, center hinge or side hinge to apply the graphics. A line of masking tape is posi- Be sure to check manufacturer install guides for recommendations for a specific material. Simple storefront graphics often use a combination of spot graphics and perforated view thru which allows maximum advertising and visibility from the inside out.

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