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VViViD XPO Premium Film Vinyl Wrap
• Paint-like finish without the paint mess
• Indoor and outdoor use
Part #
For additional eye-catching colors and sizes, v
These vinyl film wraps give your projects a
textured or a paint-like finish. Just peel off the
backing to apply the film. Heat it, stretch it,
form it, and trim off the excess. Give your old
and faded components a brand new look. Wow
the crowd by trimming your guitar and drums
with eye catching shapes and stripes. Make
your Bluetooth speaker match the colors of
your room's decor. Wrap the interior pieces
or the hood of your car to give it that custom
look.. There are so many colors and textures of
VViViD XPO premium vinyl film wraps to choose
from. Why stop with just one? The possibilities
are endless!
Applying vinyl takes practice, skill, and
most of all patience. For large projects, we
recommend having a second set of hands.
Surface Preparation:
Before applying any film to a surface, the
surface must be properly prepared and cleaned
in the correct conditions or else the film may
not adhere properly and you may run the risk
of having bubbles and bumps appear on the
Application Products & Tools
• Squeegee w/ felt tip
• Heat gun
• Utility knife
• Cotton gloves (optional)
• Masking tape
• Tape measure
1. We recommend applying the film to flatter
areas first, just because these tend to be
simpler and more convenient to get out of
the way.
2. Check to make sure there is nothing
hindering your application, like mounted
3. Using your tape measure, roughly measure
the surface of the panel you are applying to,
leaving extra material (at least 4-6 inches)
on either side.
4. Unroll the desired amount of film and cut
using a utility knife. Try not to unroll or place
the film on the floor, as this will leave dust
and debris on the film, causing scratches
when applying with a squeegee.
5. With someone helping you, carefully remove
the backing paper while applying some
tension to the film, so less creases appear.
Have that person help you position the vinyl
and drape the film over the panel. At this
point, ensure that the entire panel is covered
without any edges of the panel exposed.
6. When placing vinyl on moderately curved
surfaces, carefully reposition the vinyl in
order to create tension over the entire
Application Procedure:
1. Visually identify the center of the panel. This
will be your starting point.
2. Using a squeegee, start at the center and
work your way up. After, move to the left
or right of the center; working your way up
and then down. Continue this process, as if
you are dividing the panel in sections. After
every completed section, move over to the
next, until you reach the edge. When using
a squeegee, use a firm, even pressure while
tilting the squeegee at an angle (approx.
45% to the surface). Inch by inch, use a firm
fluid motion while overlapping with already
applied areas. Make sure not to miss any
areas. Even areas that are untouched yet
look proper may still harbor air, every inch
has to be pressured onto the surface.
3. While applying over the surface, always
examine and follow the most efficient route
for the air to travel beneath the vinyl.
Heating Procedure:
1. On curved surfaces, you will inevitably
encounter some folds or creases on the film.
Reposition the film as tight as possible and
flash heat on areas not touching the surface
to add extra tension.
2. While still pliable, carefully apply tension
to the film and work your way through the
area using your squeegee or gloves. Do not
work the film when it’s too hot or you risk
damaging the film.
3. At one point, these folds or creases slowly
transition into what’s known as “crow’s feet”.
If you chop at these, they will flatten and
become wrinkles. To get rid of crow’s feet,
cup the small creases, one at a time, until
they reduce in size or disappear.
Properly finishing the installation can make the
surface seem as if it was never vinyl wrapped
in the first place. Making this seamless finish
requires experience, skill, and most importantly,
paying close attention to detail. Improper
finishing can lead to revealing the surface
beneath, along with poorly sealed edges that
slowly peels over time.
Edges/ Seams:
To prepare this area, gently
heat the space between the two panels
and run your finger down the seam while
wearing cotton gloves. This will help cure the
adhesive over the edges of the gap and also
help conceal the surface beneath. Continue
this process over all seams on the surface.
Cutting requires a sharp blade or
you will risk tearing the vinyl as opposed
to slicing it. Also, cutting takes very steady
hands and intricacy or you may run the
risk of cutting the surface and damaging it.
Simply run the blade along the inside edge
at a 45 degree angle.
Make your next speaker
project stand out using
VViVid vinyl finishes!
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