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Classic Transfer
How to Apply Tank Lines (Wet Method)

1. Surface must be clean and free from grease.

2. The vinyl is sandwiched between a waxed backing paper and a low tack application tape. Make sure your surface and transfers are at room temperature. You can use a heat gun or hair dryer to do this. Unpick the ends and carefully remove the waxed paper, making sure that all of the graphic adheres to the application tape. Check as you go that no small areas remain on the waxed paper. Should this happen, lay the application tape down again and rub over the face.

3. Turn the application tape on it’s back so the sticky side is up. Spray the adhesive side with Application fluid or water with 1% soap/detergent. Then spray the tank with the water as well.

4. Apply both the design and the application tape to the workpiece, starting with the most complex curvatures first. As you start to lay the rest down you will notice that the design will try to crease at the other end. Best way to fix this is to stretch the vinyl further down and up as you get nearer to the end.

5. Once the vinyl transfer is in place, spray over with more application fluid and now use your flexible squeegee to rub over and squeeze out the trapped water and air bubbles. If you think some of the design is not aligned, do not rub over this, as by squeezing out the water you are activating the adhesive.

6. Slowly remove the application tape. Check that there are no air bubbles under the graphics. If there are these, they can be worked to the edge or popped with a pin. This can be further wetted with water to which a very small quantity of washing up liquid has been added. this will assist in the smoothing out process of large areas. Squeegee out all the moisture before finally removing the facing paper.

7. If there are some areas that aren’t aligned properly, heat these carefully with a hair dryer or heat gun, this allows the vinyl to be flexible and stretch. Be careful not to over do this as if it’s too hot it will stretch too much. Now you can use a knife or scalpel to carefully lift parts of the design you aren’t happy with and re-align and apply. If you have stretched the vinyl, you may need to cut a piece of the vinyl off and either overlap the rest or align. Usually this can be concealed quite tidily.

All graphics should be protected from petrol/chemical spillages, certain degreaseants and rubbing compounds. If in any doubt, use the enclosed test strip with the products you intend to use.

CLEAR CELLULOSE WILL CAUSE TRANSFER TO SHRINK, AVOID AT ALL COSTS.

Overcoating with Two Pack Clear Lacquers Some of our customers in the specialist motor cycle painting business have perfected the art of overcoating our transfers with Two Pack clear Lacquer. Generally a light mist coat is applied followed by a full coat some 30 minutes later. However, not all Two Packs are to the same quality and we are unable to give assurances with this paint system. You do so at your own risk.

Classic Transfer
How to Apply Waterslide Transfers

1. Surface must be clean and free from grease. cellulose or Two Pack finishes should be left for at least one week before applying transfers to allow vapours to escape. DO NOT FLAT SURFACE before applying transfer.

2. Immerse the transfer in cold water (not ice) for about 15 seconds to allow the transfer to curl.

3. Remove the transfer from the water and allow a little waiting time for the water to soften gum to release the transfer from the backing. at this stage the transfer and backing will flatten out again. Wait until the transfer slides freely on the backing paper.

4. Slide the transfer so that the design just overlaps the backing paper edge, then apply by sliding out the backing from between the transfer and the work piece. Should a corner become bent underneath, this can be teased out with a fine sewing needle. Be careful not to puncture the transfer with the point.

5. Position and eliminate air bubbles by gently stroking the transfer with the moistened side of little finger. Then mop up excess moisture and gum with kitchen paper. Check again for air bubbles after ten to fifteen minutes and if necessary, repeat the procedure.

6. Allow 24 hours to thoroughly dry then clean off any dried gum on the transfer and surrounding workplace.

PROTECT WITH CLEAR BRUSHED VARNISH WHICH MUST BE OIL BASED (CLEAN BRUSH WITH WHITE SPIRIT OR MINERAL SPIRIT U.S.A.)

CLEAR CELLULOSE AND SING PACK ACRYLIC SPRAYS WILL CAUSE THE TRANSFER TO SHRINK, AVOID AT ALL COSTS 

Overcoating with Two Pack clear Lacquers

Some of our customers in the specialist motor cycle painting business have perfected the art of overcoating transfers with Two Pack clear lacquer. DO NOT ADD EXTRA THINNERS. Generally a light mist coat is applied followed by a full coat some 30 minutes later. However, not all Two Packs are to the same quality and we are unable to give assurances with this paint system.

You do so at your own risk

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Classic Transfer
How To Apply Vinyl Transfers (Dry Method)

1. Surface must be clean and free from grease.

2. The graphic is sandwiched between a waxed backing paper and a low tack application tape which is folded around the backing at the ends. Unpick the ends and carefully remove the waxed paper, making sure that all of the graphic adheres to the application tape. Check as you go that no small areas such as full stops etc.. remain on the waxed paper. Should this happen, lay the application tape down again and rub over the face.

3. Apply both the design and the application tape to the workpiece and rub over the design with a thumbnail or for larger graphics, a credit card or similar to ensure a good bond.

4. Slowly remove the application tape. Check that there are no air bubbles under the graphics. If there are these, they can be worked to the edge or popped with a pin. Small Graphics can be fixed dry. Large Graphics can be wetted with water to which a very small quantity of washing up liquid has been added. this will assist in the smoothing out process of large areas. Squeegee out all the moisture before finally removing the facing paper.

All graphics should be protected from petrol/chemical spillages, certain degreaseants and rubbing compounds. If in any doubt, use the enclosed test strip with the products you intend to use.

CLEAR CELLULOSE WILL CAUSE TRANSFER TO SHRINK, AVOID AT ALL COSTS.

Overcoating with Two Pack Clear Lacquers

Some of our customers in the specialist motor cycle painting business have perfected the art of overcoating our transfers with Two Pack clear Lacquer. Generally a light mist coat is applied followed by a full coat some 30 minutes later. However, not all Two Packs are to the same quality and we are unable to give assurances with this paint system.

You do so at your own risk

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Classic Transfer
How To Apply a Stencil Paintmask

Instructions

Surface Must be clean and free from grease.

1. The graphic is sandwiched between a waxed backing paper and a low tack application tape which is folded around the backing at the ends. Unpick the ends and carefully remove the waxed paper, making sure that all of the graphic adheres to the application tape. Check as you go that no small areas such as the middles of letters etc. remain on the waxed paper. Should this happen lay the application tape down again and rub over the face.

2. Apply both the stencil and the application tape to the workpiece and rub over the design with a thumbnail or for larger graphics, a Squeegee from our range or similar to ensure a good bond.

3. Slowly remove the application tape. You may need a craft knife to pick at a corner to get this started. The application tape is slightly less tacky than the paint mask. The application tape is in several strips to assist removal, particularly at inner contours such as an 8 or A etc.

4. When you are satisfied that the mask is in the correct location make sure all the edges are fully bonded to the plate/surface. You are now ready to brush paint but if you elect to spray you may need further masking with tape/newspaper to protect the edges of the plate.

5. As there are so many paint systems currently in use, enamel – cellulose – two pack etc. we can’t give a time when you should lift the stencil except to say when the paint is still soft. Be careful not to allow the stencil to touch the soft paint. Pick out the middles of the letters or figures with a craft knife.

Classic Transfer
How To Remove Waterslide Transfers

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to remove our Waterslide Transfers/Decals from a Motorcycle Tank or surface.

INSTRUCTIONS: Please note that if you have lacquered over the transfer then this method will not work. You will need to sand the tank/surface down and repaint.

1. Soak a Sponge or Tissue in warm tap water.

2. Now press the Sponge/Tissue up against the transfer and allow to soak for at least ten minutes. Some older transfers may need to soak for hours potentially. Keep adding soapy water.

3. Hopefully after 10 minutes or so, th soapy water would have started to soften the gum and allow the varnish layer to start to peel off (if not, soak for longer). We now recommend using a squeegee to carefully scrape away some of the varnish layer rather than trying to pick it at with your nail which could damage the paintwork.

4. The next step is to soak, scrape and repeat. Wrap the tissue over your finger and carefully scrape away at the design. Keep soaking the transfer and with a bit of patience, you’ll be able to get the transfer off without scratching the paintwork.

5. Clean the surface thoroughly and make sure there is no specks of the design left on the tank.