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you need to know about Vinyl Graphics
Vinyl graphics has long replace traditional
hand lettering and sign painting. Vinyl is far more durable
than any paint and actually tends to protect the surface it
is adhered to and not destroy it like some paints. Most
vinyls are fairly permanent, but can be removed with a little
heat from a commercial heat gun or hair drier (be careful not
to damage the substrates).
Vinyl for graphics comes in a very wide variety
of colors, adhesive types, and quality. Each vinyl type
is quite unique in properties and needs to be matched to a specific
need. There are also quite a few different methods for
creating vinyl graphics. Vinyl for graphics typically
comes on a roll and the adhesive side of the vinyl is attached
to a slick paper backer.
The simplest vinyl graphic product is cut vinyl.
It is simply cut by a digital computer controlled precision
cutting machine which cuts only the vinyl and not the disposable
paper backer that the adhesive is adhered to. After the
vinyl is cut, the part of the vinyl that is not part of the
design is "weeded" away by hand from the backer.
Then typically a special application tape is applied to the
non-adhesive side of the vinyl to help with stability during
the installation process. If the vinyl decal is fairly
small (smaller than 4"x4") and if the design is one
contiguous piece, then the vinyl can be installed without the
aid of application tape. Vinyl that is fully ready to
be installed is often referred to as "ready to apply"
Vinyl can also be printed. Generally
only white vinyl is printed, although it is possible to print
most any vinyl. Vinyl is printed on a special printer
called a printer-plotter using special inks. Some vinyl
printers use a wax based ink or a water based ink, but those
inks are not out door durable, so at Image Printing we ONLY
use an eco-friendly solvent based ink. Printable vinyl
is printed in full color using CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow and
black) inks just like in most any other full color type of printing
application. The printing process can simulate spot colors
and it will be a reasonable match to any Pantone color, but
process color printers are not capable of printing true metallic
inks, so if you have a need for metallic colors, then you will
have to use a metallic vinyl instead of metallic ink.
To make things even more complicated, some
vinyl graphics applications require both printing and contour
cutting of the vinyl to achieve the desired look.
We HIGHLY recommend the laminating process
for any printed vinyl which will be installed on anything that
moves (cars, motorcycles, boats, airplanes, etc) or will be
in an area where it will be exposed to a lot of light.
Sunlight does tend to fade printed graphics over a long period
of time, but many laminates have a UV block which acts much
as a suntan lotion sun block to prevent sun damage.
In order to navigate through all the complicated
issues of vinyl graphics, we recommend that you seek the advice
of a vinyl graphics professional, like those at Image Printing.
Don't get frustrated when your vinyl graphics professional starts
asking you a lot of questions, he/she is just trying to make
sure that you get the best product for your needs.
To order, stop by our shop which is located
at 845 California Ave, Spartanburg, SC 29303, or send email
to ImageP@aol.com with artwork
or description of what you want on the magnets, or fax us at
(864) 597-0726 or call (864) 583-8848. We will email
you a PDF proof, or you can stop by our shop to view the proof.
We do require 50% payment before starting your order. We
can email you an invoice and you can pay the invoice on line
or at our shop.
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