In this tutorial we will show you a technique for applying to a surface that has a rounded corner.
Many have asked us how to perform this type of application, which does not require cutting on the edge, but will be done by tensioning the vinyl, in order to obtain a single surface.
Heat gun or hairdryer
In this tutorial we will show a technique for applying to a surface that has a rounded corner.
We will not make cuts on the edge, but we will tension the vinyl, in order to obtain a single surface.
Let’s see what material we need: vinyl, which in this case is the model wd-044 cedar wood effect, the spatula, the cutter, a measuring tape and a heat gun. If you don’t have a heat gun, a hair dryer could also be fine.
When we have a rectangular surface as in this case, a few tricks are enough to perform a straight application.
We turn the vinyl over, remove the back paper about 20-25 cm and fold it back. We are going to apply only the first centimeter, going to press with the fingers to fix it, then we check.
We repeat the operation if we make a mistake, until the positioning is correct.
We have left some margin for the entire edge and much more for the part where the vinyl needs to be tensioned.
With the help of the spatula we normally apply the entire surface proceeding calmly, without haste.
IMPORTANT: in our case we have a very smooth surface and therefore with a high degree of adhesion, otherwise you can evaluate the idea of applying, at least along the edge, our adhesion promoter Magnum primer, in order to increase the power adhesive.
Our vinyls are conformable, i.e. with the help of hot air it is possible to tension and shape them on slightly curved surfaces. There is a tension limit which in this case Artesive has estimated at about 3 centimeters. Beyond 3 centimeters it is advisable to proceed differently, for example by applying a separate strip along the edge, avoiding tensioning.
First we heat our vinyl well until it softens. It takes patience.
When the vinyl has been heated we start from the center of the corner, grab it with two hands and pull it down.
We repeat the operation on the lower edge, trying not to form any creases along the side. Don’t worry if wrinkles form under the edge.
Now we proceed in the same way for the sides, heating and tensioning the vinyl until the corner is reached.
We use a classic cut closure for the sharp edges.
Once the perimeter is finished, we check that there are no wrinkles and move on to the opposite face. We gently pull the vinyl, softening it starting from the center of the rounded corner. We try to tension it enough to be able to place it without creases for at least 4-5 millimeters inside.
We continue along the edge until we reach the opposite end. Let’s help us with our fingers to apply it better. Same procedure for the other edges.
After the application we move on to the removal of the excess part. We make a cut along the entire perimeter, leaving a margin of about 4-5mm. It can be done by hand or with the help of a metal ruler.
This is the result of the first side.
Now we also apply the opposite side, both for aesthetic reasons and for the functional aspect: the upper band will hold all the edges together, avoiding any possibility of detachment after time. You can choose to leave only one face, in that case we recommend applying the primer on the edges.
This is the final result.
We recommend checking the type of surface you are going to cover, in order to decide whether this type of direct application, with tensioning alone, is feasible or not.
See also the video tutorial: