FastEdge has been tested on metal, and it can be applied with professional-looking results. Ultimate Tools offers FastEdge in a variety of textures and sizes to change the look of any metal surface. This high-performance, ultra-bond, peel and stick PSA adhesive is perfect for any project, and in this post we’ll provide detailed instructions on metal application.
Step 1: Prep and Test
Before you start your project, test the metal using a small amount of FastEdge. Test on a small area to make sure that FastEdge will bond with the metal. If you’re using steel, there may be a little bit of oil residue. Clean your surface with denatured alcohol if you think there may be anything that prevents the adhesive from boding to your metal surface.
Pro Tip: Always use metal with square edges. Rolled edges won’t provide a clean, flush look with FastEdge.
Step 3: Uncurl FastEdge Banding
FasteEdge comes in a roll. When you pull it out you’ll notice that it naturally curls. That curl will prevent you from getting a solid bond onto the metal surface. Remove this curl from the banding before you apply to the surface. Press the tape with your thumb against the edge of a table and pull it through with your opposite hand. See the image below for an illustration.
Step 4: Apply the Banding
Apply the banding to the surface. If you’re using banding that’s thicker than the piece of metal (recommended), you don’t have to be perfect. The important part is getting the banding as flat on the surface as possible. Ensure that there are no bubbles or folds that form.
Step 5: Roll the Surface
The FastCap Speed Roller can be used to press the material into the metal. The more PSI you use, the better the bond will form. Roll over the metal at least 20-30 times using the metal rollers. Plastic rollers won’t provide as much PSI to the material. Roll until you are sure the material is adhering well and there are no bubbles.
Pro Tip: Because metal isn’t very porous, FastEdge has a tendency to form bubbles. Take a good look at the banding before moving onto the next step.
Step 6: Trim the Ends
Using a pair of flush cut trimmers, trim each end. Hold the trimmers flat against the surface and press your trimmers into the edge to get a flush cut.
Step 7: Quad Trimmer the Edges
The FastCap Quad Trimmer is the perfect tool for these edges. If you used banding that was slightly thicker, you’ll need to trim the edges along the sides. For thicket pieces of metal, you will need to take the trimmer apart and do one side at a time.
Place the trimmer on one end of the edge, making sure that the blade sits before the banding. Trim along the edge holding the trimmer at a 90-degree angle to the metal surface. A tilted trimmer will result in an edge that doesn’t sit flush with the metal.
Step 8: Remove Excess Adhesive
If you’ve done the other parts well, you won’t need to do this part. If you have to use a cleaner, your best bet is to use a citrus cleaner. If you prefer to use a solvent, use it very sparingly. Solvents will break down the adhesive if it they soak into the banding, and your FastEdge won’t last as long as it’s supposed to.
And that’s how you put FastEdge on metal. We have lots more to come on FastEdge, so make sure you check back often for our next post on getting professional-looking, high-quality results from FastCap’s FastEdge.
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