What is APA truck material?
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. Today, 25 years after its debut, this cast film is met with a lot of approval by a market which increasingly recognizes and appreciates its unique and unparalleled features. 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.
What is the vinyl made of?
APA truck material is cast material
How to properly apply the APA truck vinyl?
For a correct application of the APA Truck vinyl, place the curtain you want to decorate on a flat rigid surface. If the curtain is on place on the truck it is necessary to put a rigid panel behind the curtain.
On what surface can I apply the truck vinyl?
This film has been formulated to weld onto the PVC curtain surface
How long do I need to wait to laminate the printed material?
With the APATruck 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 AP/280 with the transparent vinyl L/281 or L/291 (and in any case before applying AP/280 on the curtain) make sure that the solvents contained in the inks are evaporated completely. The waiting period could be between 24-48 hours.
How do I prepared the truck for the application process?
In order to prepare the truck for the application process you need to clean it
How to clean before application of the truck vinyl?
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 Isopropyl alcohol. 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 residue.
How do you install it?
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 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 24 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
How to clean the vinyl when it is applied?
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.
How long has this material been on the market?
Over 20 years
Can I cut the APA vinyl truck material?
Yes, you can cut it.