Learning how to install SEG graphics ensures that you have the best possible representation for your display. SEG is an acronym for Silicone Edge. With this innovation, you can achieve a seamless, borderless graphic display with numerous applications. Silicone Edge Graphics offers immense customizability and flexibility. As long as you learn how to install or replace them the right way, they can be used effectively as graphic displays and framed signage. 

That’s not all.

SEG graphics can also be part of wall displays, ceiling-hung display frames, and free-standing displays. Their versatility means that they can be combined with different extrusion profiles and accessories. With proper installation, SEG graphics can be used in almost every space.

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For the best results, it is important that Silicone Edge Graphics are installed properly. To help you, we have put together a short guide to show you how to install SEG graphics effectively. But first, let’s take a quick look at what SEG graphics are and the benefits it has for your display.

What are frameless SEG fabric light boxes?

Slim Backlit LED Fabric Light Box
A frameless SEG fabric light box isn’t really “frameless”

A frameless SEG fabric lightbox isn’t really “frameless”. The secret is a thin strip of silicone at each edge of the fabric graphic. The silicone strip is inserted into a specially designed frame that has a recessed groove, which gives a “frameless” appearance.

Typically, SEG graphics are lightweight and more durable compared to direct print modules. In the same vein, the dye-sublimation feature in these graphics makes for a more vibrant display.

Also, these graphics offer a more finished look to your display. The telltale sew line is hidden within the frame extrusion to provide you with a seamless graphic display. 

Some of the advantages of SEG graphics include: 

  • Storage: SEG fabric graphics are lightweight. Therefore, they can be easily stored and folded. They also take up minimal space making for easy storage.
  • Care: They can be steamed and washed. This makes them long-lasting and durable.
  • Great for the environment: They can be made from recycled products.
  • Glare: SEG graphics come with zero glare. This makes them a great choice for media, photography, and the film uses.

Installing/replace SEG fabric on an LED lightbox

Most people believe that learning how to install SEG graphics is a complicated process. This is not true. With tried and tested methods, installations or replacements will be the least of your worries. In this section, we will discuss the top tips that will help you install SEG graphics effectively and accurately.

Tuck in the silicone with a fabric

Inserting Fabric on a SEG Frame or on a Light Box

This is a classic mistake that most people make when it comes to installing SEG Graphics. They try to tuck in the silicone without using the fabric. However, this mistake means that silicone won’t fit into the channel the right way. The end result is that the graphic will fall out making your installation process completely useless.

To install SEG graphics properly, tuck in the graphic while making sure that the fabric also goes into the frame. This way, you can save yourself time and effort while ensuring proper installation.

Install both sides of the graphic simultaneously

For those trying to learn how to install SEG graphics, it is vital that you pay attention to both sides of the graphic. If you install one side of your graphic at a time, it may look like you are going faster. However, the simple truth is that this will make life harder for you in the long run. 

Installing the graphic on only one side means that the fabric tension won’t be evenly distributed. In the end, you will be left with creases and rumples in your display.  Although it may sound like a stressful process, install the SEG graphics on both sides, evenly and bit by bit. This way, you can distribute fabric tension evenly and boost the aesthetic appeal of your results.

Do not stretch out the silicone too much

Bunched-up SEG graphics are the result of poor installation. Most people start at one corner and stretch out the silicone to the edge of the frame. The result is that you will be left with graphic excess that ruins the efficiency of your installation. 

Whether you are learning how to install SEG graphics or replace an already existing one, the key is to start bit by bit. Instead of stretching out the silicone, work it evenly on both sides.

Tuck in the corners first

Fabric Going on a LED Fabric Light Box

When installing Silicone Edge Graphics, the best way is to start by tucking in the corners first. Afterward, tuck in the center of the sides. Doing this will help you ensure that the graphic is stretched across the display evenly. Additionally, if the frame is a stand-up one, doing this will stop the graphic from falling out repeatedly. 

In Summary

The tips we have described above will show you how to install SEG graphics without any issues. It may seem like a complicated process. However, once you get the basics, it is one that you can complete without any problems.

The goal is to make sure that your graphic display is seamless and without any creases. Take the installation process step-by-step. Resist the urge to overstretch the silicone and you are good to go!

 

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