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  1. DonnaB

    Piecing transfer tape

    I have been making smaller decals for years. (up to 12" x 24") I have just started making larger wall decals and am wondering if I can piece my transfer tape. Say I have a 22" x 15" decal. Can I run two strips of 12" wide transfer tape or do I need to bite the bullet and buy wider transfer tape? I will be selling and shipping the larger decals. Also, what tape do you guys like best for large decals made with Oracal 631. I have been using Oratape HT55 but wondering if there is a better or an as good but less expensive option.
  2. I’m having trouble deciding which reusable stencil material I should purchase. I’m airbrushing stainless steel tumblers. I have a Brother Design N Cut cutting machine. I have tried low tack 4mil vinyl but it’s only good for single use. I’m looking for a stronger material that I can peel and stick, remove and RE-USE!! In other words, be able to return the stencil to it’s backing and use it again, later! Also, what teansfer material would be ideal:teansfer PAPER, or transfer TAPE? Or, something different? Your advice is greatly aporeciated!!
  3. I am new to vinyl cutting and have been reading this forum any chance I get. I searched for this topic and read multiple threads but still don't have the answer. I am mainly cutting small auto decals (less than 6"x6") from Oracal 651. These decals are shipped to customers who apply them to their vehicles. I have an issue with decals with fine details and lettering not lifting from the backing. I really like Rtape AT65 clear choice on decals that don't have small details. It works great for them and is so easy to work with. However, on smaller details, it's not lifting (see attachement). This is after squeegeeing it about 20 times (which should be an overkill) with both plastic and rubber squeegee. I tried to use Oracal HT55 and it didn't lift anything at all. The decal stayed on the backing. RTape 4075 RLA works better but still left some parts and I don't like working with it as much as the clear choice. It wrinkles a lot easier and curls up on sides. Plus, when we do custom decals for people with their wording on it, the clear transfer tape looks so much nicer for a finished project. After reading the forum, I am thinking about trying AT75 and 4076RLA to see if they will work any better. Can somebody who does small detailed decals with 651 give me some advice? What other tapes should I try? Thank you, Katerina
  4. dansell

    HT55 and Oracal 631

    I need some advice. I use Oracal (Orafol) 631 and HT55 transfer tape for wall decals for a couple of years now with very limited problems and those were minimal at best. I ship the decals rolled. I recently had a customer send me pictures where the paint peeled off the wall from the transfer tape. They swear that they painted 6 months ago and used regular paint, not any VOC free, low VOC or teflon type of paints. Does anyone have any idea why this would have ? I refunded their purchase price in full but I'm wondering if there is some information floating around out there that I am missing? Should I be using a different transfer tape or is there another one that you all like better than HT55? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
  5. pmvinyls

    Lots of indoor vinyl questions!

    Hi everyone! I just started my vinyl decal business about 3 months ago and I'm wanting to introduce an indoor line of designs. I have a bunch of requests for indoor vinyls, but I've been hesitant to take the leap before I know more. I've been doing some research online but coming up short on a few things. If anyone here deals with indoor decals, I would sure appreciate your help and advise! Basics to start: I plan on using Oracal 631 in the 24"w, that I know for sure. I have a Roland GX-24 cutter. Now here come the questions... 1. What transfer tape works best with this vinyl? I found a few sites that suggested GXF100, but I really like using the clear tape for customer applied graphics. Any suggestions on a tape that will release on slightly textured surfaces the best? Should I just go with the GXF100 and get over the clear thing because it's better? And on that note, for big designs such as stripes and polka-dots, is transfer tape even really necessary? 2. For multi-colored designs, which is best? Setting everything up on one sheet for the customer to just apply or sending the designs in individual pieces? I get making it easier for the customer, but I feel like I could sell the decals for MUCH less if I sent it in pieces with detailed instructions. For example, a tree with colorful leaves. If you send them in pieces, do you cut out each piece for the customer, or leave them as laid out on the cutter and instruct the customer to cut them? 3. How should I price my indoor decals? I've been using a formula I found online somewhere for car and outdoor vinyls. I basically add the height and width in inches, divide by 2 and round up or down depending on the difficulty of the weed. I don't use this formula for wholesale decals or large quantities, but mostly just for Etsy store items and individual decals. Is this a good formula to use for indoor decals? Any suggestions on better pricing? Still so new to this and I don't want to rip anyone off, but I don't want to undercut myself either. 4. How is applying indoor decals different than outdoor decals? I'm pretty much going to have to rely on what I can find online for application instructions since I'm going to stock colors as they're ordered. I will likely buy one roll and do a few practice runs on my walls, but any suggestions or links to great application instructions would be amazing (I won't copy, I just need some direction). 5. How do you ship large graphics? I've mostly dealt with designs that can fit in large flat envelopes, so I'm not sure where to begin with large rolls. Obviously I want to roll them, but how loose should I keep the roll to avoid any bubbling or damage to the design? Where can I find nice size boxes? 6. Was thinking of having custom squeegees printed to include with the designs. Do you think this is worth it? My thought is it's only a few bucks and will leave a lasting impression on the buyer. Can anyone suggest a supplier for these? Or should I DIY with plain squeegees and decals? Thanks so much for taking the time to read this super long post. Any help from the experts would be so greatly appreciated. Kelly Owner of PM Vinyls by Potti Mouth Designs