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#1 Posted : Saturday, January 18, 2014 10:01:52 AM(UTC)
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I'm trying to vinyl my husbands coolers for his work (he does mobile bartending) - and it won't stick to the surface. I managed to get it on one letter at a time but it seems like it's coming off really easy and worried it won't stay. Is there something to pretreat the plastic - or would heating up the surface help? HELP!Huh Mellow Glare
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#2 Posted : Saturday, January 18, 2014 10:24:30 AM(UTC)
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It really doesn't work well if it has that fine pebble finish.

I have gotten it to stick, but it wasn't very durable.

What type of vinyl are you using? It has to be at least Oracal 651 (there are higher marine grades that might work best).

Can you find a smooth spot on the cooler? If you have a completely smooth surface, that would be best. It does help if your surface is warm, when applying the vinyl.

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#3 Posted : Saturday, January 18, 2014 11:05:48 AM(UTC)
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I'm using leftover "WallPop" Vinyl so not sure what vinyl level it is. I have used it on my husbands boat - and it's stayed on for years but the boat is fiberglass so different surface. I warmed it up with the vinyl on there and it is still sticking. We'll see after tonight when he's back from his event - LOL. I read online that coolers and some other things are coated with stuff to protect from dirt and elements so I think that's the problem. It's got the rough surfacing all on it.
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#4 Posted : Saturday, January 18, 2014 4:21:42 PM(UTC)
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I use outdoor vinyl for my coolers with no problem.
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#5 Posted : Sunday, January 26, 2014 4:55:30 PM(UTC)
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Also try cleaning the surface with rubbing alcohol. But it sounds like the outdoor vinyl would work the best.
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