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Application of Reflexite VC104 Rigid Grade

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Reflexite VC104 Rigid Grade can be applied to new and used trucks and trailers with painted rigid sides. For unpainted surfaces e.g. stainless steel please contact us.

Tools Required

Clean cloths

Craft knife

Squeegee covered with a clean cloth to avoid scratching the material

Old vehicles only : Abrasive pad

Solvent Cleaner : Isopropyl alcohol (IPA)

Application Temperature

To ensure proper adhesion between the tape and the cleaned substrate, bonding materials must be applied when both the substrate 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 Rigid Grade is stored at room temperature.

Where to apply

Use the guidelines provided in Regulation ECE 104 to ensure that the tape is in general postioned correctly on the vehicle.

Step 1 – Initial Preparation

USED VEHICLES – Survey the vehicle for suitability of application. Avoid application of the tape over holes, rivets, rust and flaking surface. NB! It is the applicator’s responsibiltity to ensure that the substrate is suitable for application.

Step 2 – Surface Cleaning

The purpose of cleaning the substrate 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 clean 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 VEHICLES – An additional step is required for used vehicles: After completing the above cleaning process, abrade the area with an abrasive pad, and clean again with 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. 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 sharp blade. It is recommended that this is done before the tape is applied to the vehicle to avoid damage 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 move for one hour after application.

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