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Why won't my vinyl stay flat stuck to my balloon?

by Claire
(Scotland)

How to put vinyl on latex balloons [Image source: somethingturquoise.com]

How to put vinyl on latex balloons [Image source: somethingturquoise.com]

After adding vinyl to my balloon, about 10 mins later it had all shrivelled up, any tips? Or what am I doing wrong?

ANSWER

Hi Claire,

Sorry to hear about your problems when personalizing balloons with vinyl.

Which balloons did you use? Vinyl works best on foil or bubble balloons.

You can also apply it on latex balloons. However, this is a bit trickier because latex balloons are "rounder" (i.e. have a stronger curve). And latex balloons will loose air (or helium) faster and therefore shrink faster than foil or bubble balloons.

It takes a lot of practice to get the vinyl properly onto the latex balloon.

The video below is a great tutorial. The instructor shares a really good tip at around 6:50 minutes into the video: she repeatedly cuts the transfer paper up to the vinyl letters so that it curves easier around the balloon.



Hope that helps!

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Reply to Vinyl on bobo balloons
by: Margit

Hi there!

I am sorry to hear that the vinyl starts to shrivel after a few hours on your bobo balloon.

I don't really have any other tips than the ones I've given in my answer to Claire and in the comments on this page.

Take a look at this video by QCorner, starting at about 1:10 hours into the video. It may give you some ideas how to solve the problem.


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Vinyl on bobo balloons
by: Anonymous

My vinyl on my Bobo balloons starts to shrivel up and become messy after a couple of hours😭😭😭help please!!

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Reply to "Bubbles"
by: Margit

So sorry to hear about the issue with bubbles appearing in your vinyl.

Have you tried the tip shown in the video above? The advice was to cut the transfer paper up to the vinyl letters so that it curves easier around the balloon.

I've also just watched this "How to Personalize Balloons with Vinyl" tutorial by Tanya from "Ask Me For A Balloon" (who is a real pro when it comes to balloon decorating), and even she seemed to have problems with applying the vinyl properly to a balloon.

Perhaps it's the type of vinyl and/or transfer tape you are using? Tanya recommends using Oracle 651 or 631 and Happy Face paper application tape.

Hope you'll find a solution to the bubbles!

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Bubbles
by: Anonymous

Thank you For your response. Sometimes there are No bubbles when I apply it but then an hour later bubbles appear. Other times the bubbles appear straight away.

The balloons don't look that they are losing helium As I did one on a self seal foil and one on a bubble balloon and they both did the same 🤯 just can't think of any other reason or way of doing it?

Love doing balloons but if I can't get it right or know the reason why it's happening I can't take any more orders. 😫

Have asked around but no one seems to have that problem. I've tried do it in a cold room and tried in my normal temperature room both had the same outcome.

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Bubbling
by: Anonymous

Hi everytime I put vinyl on my balloon there are small air bubbles in the writing not sure why as I use the squeegee both when the tape is on the balloon and when I remove the tape?

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Answer to Vinyl Text on Bubble Balloon
by: Margit

Hello!

Sorry to hear about the issues with the vinyl starting to wrinkle after a while.

Is it completely flat and wrinkle-free when you apply it?

Then the only reason I can think of is that the bubble balloon may lose small amounts of helium or air, causing it to shrink and thus making the vinyl writing wrinkle.

When applying the vinyl, have you tried the tip shown in the video above? Cutting the transfer paper up to the vinyl letters so that it curves easier around the balloon?

Perhaps that would help avoid the formation of wrinkles.

Also check out this video for more ideas. It should start at 1:10 hours into the video, where Dom & Keith show how to apply vinyl to a bubble balloon.

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Question regarding vinyl text on bubble ballon
by: Anonymous

Hi, I have a question regarding the bubble ballons.I have tried several times now to stick vinyl stickers which are made from oracal651 foil onto my qualatex clear bubble balloons, but after 12-24 hours the writing starts to wrinkle like it’s coming off but it’s still on.

Is there a method maybe or a different foil that needs to be applied to avoid this early? Or is that completely normal?

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