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JT 5529P application guide
Self-adhesive Digital Imaging Media for wide-format solvent-based & UV inkjet Printing.

JT 5529 P



1. Product features

JT 5529 P is a new generation of vinyl especially adapted to vehicle decoration. This 55 micron soft laminated vinyl has an exceptional long-life (8 to 10 years) and a superior softness. It means that it can be applied to highly uneven surfaces. In addition to its extraordinary application and coverage qualities, JT 5529 P enjoys superior opacity and colour stability (would not turn white or change shade, even after stretching !).
Comment on vinyl appearance:
Rolls may become matt in parts. The high softness of JT 5529 P means that the surface of the vinyl sometimes takes on the appearance of the protective paper (backing) in the next single turn. This feature is perfectly normal and reversible. JT 5529 P will regain its glossy appearance once applied to a substrate (car, truck, window,...). The time it takes to regain its glossy finish will depend on the temperature. In winter, it may take several days, or in summer, just a few hours when exposed to sunlight. If you are using a hot air blower (often used during application) it could take little more than a few seconds.

2. Storage

Also avoid directly exposing the vinyl to high
temperatures (near radiators, in direct sunlight, etc.)





Any part-used rolls should be kept upright or
hung on racks. At no time should they be placed
on their sides as this could lead to a large matt
section appearing in the whole roll.
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3. Cleaning the surface of application

Even if they appear clean, all surfaces should be cleaned using the procedure below:

4. Applying JT 5529 P to the substrate

A wet method or dry method application technique may be used. The method chosen should suit the size of the decorative feature to be applied and the complexity of the surface to be decorated. Dry application is the most reliable method. The LF3699 in the drawings refers to the over-laminate used to protect the print. The use of the over-laminate also increases the overall stiffness of the printed JT5529P film making it easier to apply. See also the Technical Data Sheet of JT 5529 P or the Chapter ″MACtac Protective Films″ for more details.

4.1. Wet method

This method of application produces very little initial adhesion. This allows the user to position the vinyl where he or she wants and avoids air bubbles and folds. The adhesion will gradually increase after several hours as the water evaporates. The final adhesion will be reached after 24 or 48 hours. It is not advisable to apply JT 5529 P using the wet method in temperatures lower than 15°C.
Advantages of the wet method:
Prepare a solution of soapy water (one capful of detergent to 10 litres of water) and pour it into a spray bottle.
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Use the spray bottle to wet the entire substrate surface (do not use a sponge or a cloth as these can leave dust, fluff, etc.).
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Make sure the adhesive film is flat on a table. Pull the backing off it (and not the reverse) at an angle of 30°.
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Squeegee horizontally, working from the centre outwards to the left and then the right stopping ±10 cm from the top edge of the vinyl. Apply enough pressure to squeeze out any water trapped between the JT5529P adhesive and the substrate surface.
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Squeegee the last 10 cm of the top edge working from the centre outwards, to the left and then the right. Continue to squeegee horizontally moving from the centre outwards with overlapping movements. Check that no pockets of water have been trapped. If this is the case, scrape from the centre to the edge in order to squeeze it out.Wipe the vinyl and the edges.
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24 hours later squeegee the film again, paying particular attention to the edges.
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4.2. Dry method

Dry application is a safer application method because the marking film reaches its final adhesion more quickly than during wet application. This application method should be used on three-dimensional surfaces that require the vinyl to be shaped (over rivet heads, corrugations, welded areas, etc.).
The lowest temperature at which JT 5529 P should be applied on flat or slightly curved surfaces is 10°C. The lowest temperature at which JT 5529 P should be applied on three-dimensional surfaces, which require the vinyl to be shaped, is 18°C. Hot air will need be to be used.
In the event that ″tiny bubbles″ of air get trapped between JT 5529 P and the substrate surface (bubbles which have a diameter < 2 mm), there is no need to do anything since they will disappear of their own after few days thanks to the vinyls porosity.
If the bubbles are over 2 mm in diameter, use the following procedure:

4.2.1. three-dimensional surfaces : rivets

Apply JT5529P, using the dry method described earlier, to the whole area of the surface of application, leaving a ±3 cm gap between the vinyl and the substrate, around rivets.
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Collect the bubble around the rivet without putting the vinyl out of shape. Prick several holes in the vinyl around the rivet
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Squeeze out any air trapped between JT5529P and the rivet using your finger. Press the vinyl down hard around the rivet using a plastic squeegee and a hot air blower (air temperature of ±300°C).
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Finish off by cutting JT5529P around the rivet using a cutter.
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4.2.2. three-dimensional surfaces : corrugations

The ambient temperature and the angled surface of the object must be between 18 and 25°C. Clean the substrate surface and remove any grease using isopropylic alcohol.
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Heat the LF3699 + JT5529P films with an industrial air gun (air temperature: 250°C). The vinyl itself must reach a temperature of ± 60°C. At this temperature, the adhesive will be ″activated″. This will help to reach 100% of its sticking capacity to the surface. NB: Take care not to burn the vinyl. Use quick movements with the industrial air gun, keeping it ±20 cm away from the vinyl.
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Press the vinyl into the corrugation using your finger.
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Heat any areas that have not yet come into contact with the substrate.
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Press down once more using your finger.
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Once the vinyl comes into contact with the surface, press firmly using a plastic squeegee. This point is essential to increase initial adhesion of JT 5529 P and to avoid lifting. Prick any air bubbles that appear.
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Once 100% of the vinyl is in contact with the surface, heat it one last time (air temperature: 350-400°C). This reinforces the initial adhesion. The decoration should not be exposed to temperatures lower than 10°C during the first 3-4 hours.
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8. Removing the vinyl

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