Application of Reflexite VC104 Curtain Grade

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Reflexite VC104 Curtain Grade PSA can be applied to trucks and trailers with new and old curtains. Reflexite warranty is applicable to new curtains.

Tools Required

Clean cloths

Craft knife

Squeegee covered with a clean cloth to avoid scratching the material

Used curtains only : Abrasive pad

Solvent Cleaner : Isopropyl alcohol (IPA)

Application Temperature

TO ensure proper adhesion between the tape and the cleaned curtain bonding materials must be applied when both curtain and tape temperature is between 15 degrees C and 38 degrees C. The temperature needs to be consistent for at least one hour after application. NB! It is recommended that Reflexite VC104 Curtain Grade PSA is stored at room temperature.

Where to apply

It is recommended to position the tape minimum 15cm above the buckles. Use guidelines provided in Regulation ECE 104 to ensure that the tape is in general postioned correctly on the vehicle.

Step 1 – Initial Preparation

The tape can be applied either on a flat surface, or while tensioned on the trailer. If on a flat surface, lightly tension the curtain at either end ensuring that the curtain surface is flat. An example of how to do this is to place a weight at either end of the length of the curtain. When applied on a trailer, position a board behind the curtain to ensure enough pressure can be applied to the tape when using the squeegee. This is done most easily by having at least two people to do the application. It is recommended that the curtain is not over-tensioned during application.

USED CURTAINS Survey used curtain for suitability of application, avoiding application over tears, holes or repairs. NB! It is the applicator’s responsibility to ensure that the curtain is suitable for application.

Step 2 – Surface Cleaning

The purpose of cleaning the curtain is to remove any dirt or contamination. It is very important that the surface must be free of dust and grease, and ideally the surface should be smooth. Use a clean cloth with isopropyl alcohol to wipe the surface in one direction only to avoid spreading contamination. With a dry cloth wipe away the cleaner before evaporation. Repeat this process until the surface is clean, i.e. when there is no visual dirt or contamination transfer onto the cloth. Ensure the surface is dry and the isopropyl alcohol has completely evaporated before commencing application.

USED CURTAINS An additional step is required for used curtains: after completing the above cleaning process, abrade theĀ area with an abrasive pad, and clean again with the isopropyl alcohol with a clean cloth.

Step 3 – Alignment

Mark out a pencil line guide, or alternatively apply a strip of masking tape.

Step 4 – Application

Tack the end of the tape onto the surface (20mm from the edge), peel back approximately 1 metre of the release liner and tack the tape in place using the squeegee. Repeat the process for the length of the vehicle. This will eliminate the build up of tension in the tape during the application process. Avoid touching the adhesive side of the tape. After completing this process, apply pressure using a squeegee along the length of the tape, to remove any trapped air or wrinkles.

It is important to ensure that the edges of the tape have been properly adhered to the curtain.

Upon inspection of the application there should be no visual air bubbles. Prick out any bubbles with a pin or sharp blade and press down.

NB! All corners of the tape should be rounded using a pair of scissors or sharpe blade. It is recommended that this is done before the tape is applied to the curtain. If a full contour marking is done, the corners of the tape can be overlapped.

Step 5 – Bonding Time

It is recommended that the vehicle is not moved and / or the curtain not folded or opened for 1 hour after application. The curtain should be folded in such a way, that the tape is on the outside and not folded in.

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