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A Step-by-Step Guide to Preparing Your Vinyl Windows for Trim Installation

Welcome to our latest blog post where we'll be guiding you through the crucial process of prepping your vinyl window surface before applying our vinyl trim with tesa acrylic tape. This preparation step is essential for ensuring a strong, lasting bond and a flawless finish. Let's dive in!

Step 1: Gather Your Materials

Before you begin, make sure you have all the necessary materials on hand. You'll need:

- Mild detergent

- Soft cloth or sponge

- Isopropyl alcohol

- Clean, lint-free towels

- Pauley Plastic Vinyl Trim

Step 2: Initial Cleaning

Start by removing any loose dirt and debris from the window frame. Use a soft cloth or sponge with mild detergent and warm water. Avoid abrasive cleaners or tools that could scratch the vinyl. Rinse thoroughly with water and allow it to dry completely.

Step 3: Detailed Cleaning with Alcohol

After the initial cleaning, it's time for a more detailed cleanse. Moisten a lint-free towel with isopropyl alcohol and wipe down the areas where the tape will adhere. This step removes any residual oils, dust, or contaminants and ensures a clean surface for the tape to bond effectively. Cleaning wipes can be purchased here

Step 4: Drying the Surface

Allow the window frame to air dry completely after cleaning with alcohol. Any moisture left on the surface can weaken the adhesive bond of the acrylic tape. You should see the alcohol 'flash off'.

Step 5: Applying & Positioning the Vinyl Trim

Once the window frame is dry, carefully measure and align the vinyl trim to be adhered to the vinyl window. Once positioned correctly, press firmly along the length of the trim to secure the bond. (We offer a solution for tired fingers here) The pressure-sensitive adhesive requires a good amount of pressure to activate fully.


And there you have it! By following these simple steps, you've successfully prepared your vinyl window for trim installation. Not only does this process improve the aesthetic appeal of your window, but it also ensures a durable and long-lasting application. Remember, the key to a successful installation lies in the preparation. Happy DIY-ing!

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