KNK USA brings you two great options for intermediate decal vinyl: Mac Tac 8300 Pro Intermediate Vinyl and General Formulations CC500 Intermediate Outdoor Vinyl.
Mac Tac 8300 Pro Intermediate Vinyl is 2.8 mil (0.037 inches/0.095 mm) and has a permanent solvent acrylic adhesive. This pressure sensitive adhesive is clear so the vinyl can be applied to interior or exterior glass applications with two-sided visibility. The adhesion reaches is maximum strength at about 1 week after application.
51 colors come in a high gloss finish for indoor and outdoor projects and will last for up to 5 years in outdoor applications. There are also two colors in a matte finish. This vinyl is designed for flat to slightly curved surfaces.
Mac Tac 8300 Pro can be applied in temperatures between 50 and 104 degrees Fahrenheit (+10 to 40 degrees Celsius). Once applied, it can be used in temperatures between -40 to 158 degrees Fahrenheit (-40 to 70 degrees Celsius).
This durable vinyl is unaffected by water, detergent and alcohol and is resistant to oil and gasoline. It has good dimensional stability and excellent cutting and weedability characteristics.
Mac Tac 8300 Pro has a shelf life of 2 years when it is stored at temperatures between 60 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit (15 to 25 degrees Celsius) and 50% relative humidity.
Exposure to severe temperatures, ultra-violet light and also tropical, sub-tropical or desert regions will cause more rapid deterioration. This also applies to polluted areas, high altitude and south facing exposure.
Use a standard material (red cap) blade to cut Intermediate Vinyl. The blade should be sharp to achieve a smooth, clean cut.
Set the blade exposure to cut through the vinyl and adhesive, but not through the backing paper.
Weed as soon as possible at a 30 degree angle while pulling at a consistent speed. If you wait to weed the excess, weeding may become more difficult as the adhesive may reseal itself.
Apply transfer tape to the weeded design and use a squeegee to pick up small or intricate designs if needed to get all of the pieces of vinyl. Apply to a clean, dry surface. Common products used to clean the surface include dish soap and water, automotive cleaner, wax remover and isopropyl alcohol. Use the squeegee to ensure the vinyl is securely adhered to your surface sliding from the center to the outside of the vinyl piece(s). If any bubbles remain, use a pin or needle to prick them and allow the air to escape.