Lesson #1 With Peter Maki
This article is based on the first video lesson from the series of installation training videos with Peter Maki. Today we will take a closer look at the main tools that are necessary to install an architectural vinyl film on a variety of surfaces. We will do this on an example of a toolbox of our installer Peter.
These are some tools that Peter uses and recommends to use on a regular everyday basis.
The most important tool that you need is a squeegee. Different types of squeegees can be used for different purposes.
- a stiff plastic squeegee with Velcro is great for installing any smooth materials that are fairly thick, the Velcro side, in this case, is medium and not aggressive
- a medium plastic squeegee is the most used squeegee for almost any surface and curves, its felt applicator is great for smooth, glossy surface
- a soft squeegee is used for complex curves, it’s fairly aggressive velcro applicator helps when you are working with materials that have a lot of texture to them, for instance, a fabric-like vinyl.
There are even more squeegees to choose from. But these three are those Peter uses regularly.
- Utility knives and blades of different shapes.
- The snipper allows cutting pieces of vinyl quickly and easily without damaging the surface below.
- The next tool allows cutting a paper backing without cutting the vinyl underneath.
- A regular pair of scissors.
Cutting tools are essential to making any job complete.
Cleaning and Prepping Tools
To have a nice clean install, you need to have a clean surface. For this purpose, in Peter’s tool kit, there are:
- Lint-free paper towel
- Non-scented ungreased dish soap to mix with water
- Soapy water mixture
- Isopropyl alcohol 50%, which also is mixed with water
- Alcohol-water mixture
- Bodaq primer, which helps promote adhesion on any rough surfaces.
A heat gun is important for the architectural film installation to stretch the material around edges, corners, curves.
You need a variety of measuring tapes and rulers to fit different purposes.
- a plastic razor blade allows you to clean up a surface without damaging it
- a razor scraper for the same purpose but you have to be more careful with it on the surfaces that you are cleaning, it can easily damage it.
- a sanding block
- a palm sander
- a paintbrush that helps to whisk away some dust after sanding
- Extra knives and blades
- Micro squeegees of different softness
- Small multi-tool
- Painters tape
- Glove that allows installing film at a high heat without burning your fingers
- Medical kit
- Carpet that allows cutting vinyl on it easily without damaging the floor below. You might be working in a house or apartment with a wood floor, and you have to trim material. On a carpet, you can cut the film, and the floor will be fine.
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