FAQ APA Truck
APA TRUCK was made with goal of making the decoration of truck curtains faster and simpler, reducing expensive downtime and, above all, offering our customers a greener and healthier alternative to paint.
APA truck material is a Superior quality Cast Truck film with a high level covering power, specifically manufactured for PVC curtain sided vehicles. Equipped with the exclusive APA-ColTruck/ UltraP Plus adhesive, APA truck has been formulated to weld onto the PVC curtain surface and with it resist the strains they are subjected. Thanks to its high degree of conformability and elasticity the film, when applied, perfectly follows the curtain textures and does not fear rolling up. Excellent coverage and excellent printability with brilliant and defined colors. For a dry application only.
APA TRUCK, an ultra-conformable and elastic cast film, is formulated to stick to PVC curtains, so that they can withstand the stress to which they are subjected to daily on the roads across the world.
Since 1193 APA Truck films are travelling along the roads of the world. Today, 25 years after its debut, this cast film is met with warm approval by a market which increasingly recognizes and appreciates its unique and unparalleled features.
The film has been formulated to weld onto PVC curtain surface.
Yes, you can cut it using a regular plotter. We offer colors plotter vinyl and printable vinyl; both can be cut using your plotter.
It is recommended to apply the film in a room with a temperature between 15° and 28°C.
Never use a hairdryer, detergents, never heat the lamination during the application phase. Do not use rough sponges and cloths, abrasive creams or very strong solvents.
Before applying the vinyl it is necessary to clean the PVC-curtain carefully and remove any trace of grease. It is recommended to use ethyl alcohol or iso-propane: the quick evaporation avoids any liquid drops that may remain trapped in the porosity of the curtain. In any case, at the end of the cleaning, use a dry cloth to eliminate any remaining residue.
With the APA Truck vinyl for digital print it is necessary to pay much attention to the drying process of the solvents contained in the inks, as their presence could compromise the adhesion of the decoration. Before laminating the printed material with transparent vinyl L/281 or L291 (and in any case before applying the printed material on the curtain) make sure that the solvents contained in the inks are evaporated completely. The waiting period could be between 24-72 hours.
In order to transfer the graphics from the liner to the PVC curtain to be decorated, we suggest the use of APA AT/5 paper application tape or an application tape with a medium or low tack adhesive to avoid using too much force when removing it. Using a higher tack could result in a detachment of the vinyl from the curtain.
We recommend to use a soft with felt. Our Green Soft squeegee with the microfiber lime buffer is a perfect fit for these installations.
For a correct application of the APA Truck vinyl, place the curtain you want to decorate on a flat and rigid surface. If the curtain is placed on the truck it is necessary to put a rigid panel behind the curtain. The application of the APA Truck vinyl must be done at a temperature no less than 10°C. To obtain the maximum adhesion of the vinyl onto the curtain we recommend the dry application method. We advise against using the wet application method, as the porosity of the curtain could detain parts of the liquid. The trapped liquid between the vinyl and the curtain could compromise the adhesion of the vinyl. Use a low/medium tack application tape to avoid using too much force when removing it. Using a higher tack could result in a detachment of the vinyl from the curtain. Remove the tape at least half an hour after the application, this will allow the adhesive of the APA Truck vinyl to adhere to the curtain. The maximum adhesion of the APA Truck vinyl happens after 48 hours. Therefore, we recommend to allow the curtain rest for at least 72 hours before using the vehicle. If possible, avoid putting the vinyl on top of other vinyl and onto parts of the curtain that undergo strong excessive mechanical stress or continuous bends like the areas of opening/closure. The APA Truck vinyl must be applied onto a smooth curtain. Do not apply onto folds, creases and seams.
12. How do we prevent the graphic from sticking in the wrong places or wrinkling during a dry install?
Graphics sticking in the wrong places is prevented by applying the correct method of application (hinge method), experience and precision.
Only proper application can prevent wrinkles and blisters. The application techniques are the same, however it must always be kept in mind that the material is softer than a normal cast, so use extra caution and work at a temperature no higher than 28 degrees. The material must always be applied on a clean sheet and horizontally on a flat surface.
The application to partially or totally cover a sheet is identical. In any case, it is necessary to check the surface state of the cloth so that it is uniform and regular.
The truck can only be applied to a regular and flat sheet, not to straps or reinforcements that would alter its thickness, causing possible detachment and water infiltration.
We advise against the wet application method, as the porosity of the curtain could detain parts of the liquid. The trapped liquid between the vinyl and the curtain could compromise the adhesion of the vinyl.
In case small bubbles form due to an incorrect application, you can try to make very small holes on the bubbles. For large bubbles, you will have to remove and redo the graphics.
The curtain must be washed with non-aggressive detergents (no solvents or steam washes 100°C) and put much attention to the use of the pressure pistol: an insistent water jet exerted on the borders of the vinyl could create detachments and compromise the adhesion of the decoration. We recommend that you communicate these cleaning instructions of the curtain to the end user.
The surface of the vinyl is delicate and therefore should be treated with care. Avoid rubbing against objects that could cause scratches or ripping of the vinyl beyond repair. An extended exposure to solar rays and to atmospheric agents could provoke a premature aging of the film. In regards to the digital print series, gloss films can lose shine and give a matte appearance. We recommend protecting the decorated surface from the sun and the elements to the greatest extent possible. For good maintenance of the vinyl, regular cleaning is recommended. To maintain the original finish of the vinyl with clear colors it is essential not to allow dirt to accumulate. In order to save the graphics, always roll the banner with graphics face up. Never fold the banner. If a film deterioration should arise, for example, fading, change of color or become brittle, the an immediate removal is recommended.