This high-end decal vinyl is the ideal material for helmet decals, hard hat emblems and equipment labels that need to be changed or removed cleanly within a year.
This 4 mil adhesive vinyl is very pliable and can adhere to high energy plastics, glass and metal while remaining removable for the first year. This makes it the product of choice for football helmets, hard hats and other sports equipment, as it cuts down the labor involved in refurbishing them with new decals. This product will remove cleanly from most smooth surfaces or painted surfaces without leaving adhesive behind, and conforms well to curved surfaces because it has less "memory" than other vinyl. When it is applied to a helmet, the air tunnels can be rubbed out from the center, which is squeezing or condensing the vinyl. However, there are limits, and a strategic cut into the design may help with the application. Available in widths up to 30" in white or 15" in clear.
Outdoor longevity of 2-5 years, depending on laminate.
When combined with the 8mil Convex laminate, it's a thick decal that is still conformable enough to work on compound curves like helmets and hard hats.
Won't stick well to low energy plastics. It's still difficult to remove cleanly if it's left on more than year. It's vinyl so it's not eco-friendly.
Helmet and hard hat decals that get changed every year. Decals on bikes or ATVs that need to be replaced frequently.
These instructions are provided for our customers that want to install their own adhesive vinyl sign graphics. Tools you will need: Scissors, Xacto knife or razor blade, soft squeegee or paper to protect the image (hard squeegee will damage the print), and masking tape.
- If applying a vinyl graphic that is not laminated, use a soft squeegee or protect the image with paper during installation to prevent damage to the printed image.
- Apply vinyl in the shade (no direct sunlight).
- The ideal temperature would be between 46-80 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Wind or wind gusts will cause problems.
- All surfaces should be considered dirty and must be cleaned prior to installation. Clean the area where the graphics are to be applied with a household, non-ammonia based cleaner. We recommend an alcohol based cleaner such as denatured alcohol or equivalent. Rinse thoroughly and dry.
- Air and surface temperatures must be above 46 degrees
- Position your graphic in the desired location and tack into place on each end with small pieces of masking tape.
- Peel back about 2” of the release liner away from the top edge on the adhesive side of your graphic.
- Cut that section of the release liner off and discard.
- Squeegee down the exposed edge of the graphic starting from the center and working towards the edges. Let the squeegee cause the contact with the mounting surface and brush from the center outward using overlapping 45 degree angled strokes.
- Flip the graphic up, or have an assistant hold it up and start to peel back the remaining release liner.
- Pull back a few inches of the release liner at a time and squeegee the graphic into place using the same technique as above.
- If you get an air bubble, you can either lift the decal enough to release the air, or if the bubbles are not too large, you can pop them with a pin and squeegee the bubble toward the pin hole to squeeze out the air.
- Once the entire decal is applied, squeegee the entire decal once more to ensure a firm bond with the surface.