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Best application tape for wet application 5 years 5 months ago #323

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whats the best tape for a wet app?

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Best application tape for wet application 5 years 5 months ago #324

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I don't think it matters much, they are all supposed to be good for wet and dry although on the William smith website they say the following about their premium paper range:
This range is slightly thicker and has a higher grade of paper. It has the same tack level as the standard paper range but the tape is harder to rip. This means it is more likely to lay flat, which speeds up handling of the product. This is a big advantage for wet applications. Premium paper comes off in one strip and is less likely to cause damage to the graphic when applying it.

I can imagine this being easier to take off when thoroughly wet, and my medium thickness application tapes can tear easier when wet, so I think this makes sense.

The main variations that you can get are:
  • Low, medium and high tack
  • Paper and a more transparent version (polythene)

I tend to use a medium tack paper version for everything.
To take the application tape off after, it is easier to let it absorb the moisture and become very wet.

A transparent one will let you line up the graphics better, expecially if you are using a colour similar to the background you are applying it to.

These are the general rules for using application tape:

LOW TACK - Sheet graphic
MEDIUM TACK - General purpose/Mid sized text
HIGH TACK - Small text/Some detail
VERY HIGH TACK - Intricate detail

Wet application is rarely mentioned.
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Re:wet app 5 years 5 months ago #325

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thanks Ross. I've been cutting vinyl for almost 5 years mainly for model airplanes. I use T-60 low tac clear tape. I have dont a few wet apps with this tape, and I dont know , maybe I rush it, but its not very easy to get it off. I use various app fluids. I think that some of the people i do work for may not e familiar or patient enuff to deal with the wet app. It can be done with this tape, you just have to know what your doing.

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Re:wet app 5 years 5 months ago #326

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Are you using standard sign making vinyl? - normally comes in 61cm width rolls to go through a cutting machine. I don't know the T-60 that you mention.

Application fluids are generally considered to be a bit of a con. You are better off with just water and a drop of washing up liquid to break the surface tension.

I am not sure what you mean by it is not very easy to get off. If it is low tac then it should be real easy to get off. I think I am not understanding something here.

How are you cutting the vinyl and what kind of vinyl is it?
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Im in the U.S. Im using oracal641 vinyl. I cut the vinyl with a refine mh721 plotter. I use flexi starter for my cut/design. The vinyl is 24"wide and 10yds long. Its great for making small decals.
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I am not sure what you mean by it is not very easy to get off?
If it is low tac then it should be real easy to get off.
I don't know if you mean it is tearing as you're taking it off?
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