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  • #32891

    Dave Rosenthal
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    Greetings,

    I just purchased some new CRG NA2 body work and I want to prep it for my new graphics.  What should I use on the body panels to prep them before I apply the graphics?  Also, is there any secret to making them stick well and apply easily?  I have done a lot of graphics work on boats and the secret here is to use glass cleaner on fiberglass during the graphics application.  I wasn’t sure if there was a method that folks use on karts as well.

    Thanks!
    DaveR

  • #32899

    Eric Alexander
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    I use products called Rapid Prep and Rapid Tac.

    Rapid Prep removes the oils and grime on the surface.  Its works so will that I bought a large size and use it to clean the plastics regularly.  Preparation of the surface is the most important part to get the graphics to adhere.

    After the plastics are clean, spray the surface with Rapid Tac.  This will allow you to slide the graphic over the surface to line it up correctly.  After that use a small, soft squeegee and work from the center out to remove the application fluid and air bubbles.

    Once down, you can use a hair dryer to set the adhesive.  Also at this stage you can use heat to mold the graphic around any corners where it doesn’t sit well (most graphics will have a split in the vinyl to accomplish this over complex shapes).  Don’t use too much heat as you’ll stretch the graphic and then it will never lay flat over the surface.  Always work towards the split.

  • #32936

    Dave Rosenthal
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    Eric,

    Thanks – this was exactly what I was looking for – much appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Dave

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