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How to Fix Wrinkled Vinyl: Silhouette Hack for Removing Wrinkles and Bubbles

I get questions fairly often about how to fix wrinkled vinyl.  Vinyl wrinkles and/or bubbles most often when it's rolled...specially when rolled tightly.

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If you roll your vinyl to store it - which many Silhouette crafters do for lack of storage and an abundance of vinyl - you may have to figure out how to straighten wrinkled vinyl at some point.

Before you go throwing out a whole sheet of vinyl or part of a roll because it has wrinkles, know there is hope!  I'm going to show you how to flatten wrinkled vinyl so you can successfully cut it on your Silhouette machine.
I don't know for sure, but my theory is the rolls of removable vinyl get wrinkles more often than permanent vinyl because the adhesive isn't as strong, therefore it puckers up off the backing when rolled.

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To fix wrinkled vinyl, you'll want to place it on a Silhouette cutting mat.  Obviously before you cut it, you need to remove the wrinkles or the cut will likely be off as the blade goes over the bubbled area.

Working on the cutting mat will help keep the vinyl from moving around.

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Use your Silhouette scraper and starting at one side of the wrinkle, push through the wrinkle or bubble all the way out to the edge of the vinyl.

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Repeat this pushing from one end to the other until you work the air bubble out of the vinyl. You need to push all the way to the edge to release the air that's trapped between the vinyl and the backing.  I would definitely suggest you use your scraper to push in both directions.

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Don't get discouraged if smaller new bubbles or wrinkles form. Just keep using the scraper to flatten the wrinkled vinyl and soon your sheet of vinyl will be wrinkle free!

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Once you've removed the wrinkles from the vinyl sheet you can cut the vinyl with your Silhouette CAMEO or Portrait.

If the vinyl buckles back up slightly during the cutting process, don't worry.  You should have no problem applying the transfer tape and applying the vinyl to the surface wrinkle free!

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Did your vinyl get bubbles after it was applied?  Here's my trick on removing bubbles in vinyl!

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