Prep & Installation
The biggest external threats to a vinyl mural are the sun (UV rays) and water. If too much moisture gets behind the vinyl, especially if it freezes, your artwork could fail prematurely. In Buffalo this is obviously a very real concern, which is why we address issues like this before they arise. In some cases, we may recommend that the brick be sealed before we install the vinyl. This small step is well worth it in the long-run and doesn’t extend the turn-time because we use a quick-dry sealant that can be applied on the very same day.
Painted brick is typically a good base surface that requires little prep. Old brick and grout may require a sealant. They have a tendency to be “dusty” so we want to create a substrate for the application to properly adhere to. Have you ever tried to apply a sticker to something with crumbs on it? It doesn’t stick as well as to a clean surface and the same concept applies there.
Tip: For surfaces with extreme textures or extra deep grout lines, a small test area should be utilized to see how the application performs.
After our professional installer meticulously lays down the film, every inch of the graphic must be heated and rolled at 1,000 degrees. This labor intensive process is critical for it to withstand harsh weather and also give it the desired painted look. Not to be overlooked is properly sealing the edges. This prevents moisture from getting behind the print and causing it to prematurely crack or edges to peal. Stucco and weathered concrete can be difficult finishes to work with but if imperfections arise, patching is an option.
Vinyl murals are one of the most impressive and engaging products to come out of the print industry in some time. It offers so many unique capabilities for advertising and art display that previously didn’t exist. With its temporary application and being a cost effective alternative, you can expect this medium to quickly be on the rise.
Interested in visually transforming your building’s exterior and making an impact with your brand? Contact us to discuss your project.