anyone have some suggestions for sign making vinyls as well what the heck mask, premask and application tape is used for?
The application of the sign is important to the type of vinyl you use. I use anvil 6-9 (wellington House) Masking tape is what is applied over the sign after you weed it to apply to your substrate. I do a lot of trucks and I mask the signs and they apply.anyone have some suggestions for sign making vinyls as well what the heck mask, premask and application tape is used for?
When I started, I tried different brands of vinyl, (avery, fdc, 3m, etc.) and there is nothing wrong (in my opinion) with any of them, it all depends on how the product is applied. I started using the Oracal and liked the material, the selection of colors, and the availability. I have my cutters set up for Oracal, I know where to keep my shop temperature and humidity for clean cutting and weeding and I just plain like the material. I put a lot of it on the painted surfaces of vehicles with no problem, it comes of easy with a heat gun and a little work. Use some Rapid-Tac vinyl remover to remove the glue and Rapid-Tac Cleaner and you'd never know there was a decal on there.So the Oracal 651 would be good for outdoor signs, and windows, banners etc??? Since you use it Mike I assume it is also cost effective in comparrison to others?
What about doing auto signs, where I would put the vinyl straight on the vehicles paint?
Lou xplained the Masking thing to me but what about the laminating? If I out something on a car, would I laminate it after the installation? And if so does it leave a "hand" ?
You can use 751 for auto graphics, that's what i've been using and the shops around me as well, but 851 will work to, 751/851 are both cast vinyl's just 751 is cheaper in price. GoodluckHoly crap wher have I been?!?!?!?! Thanks for the replies. Ok so I will be buying some Oracal 651 for corplast and indoor signs, 751 for permenant outdoor signs and 851 for autos........
Sound about right??????
Thanks again, sometime it is hard to find sign guys willing to help, I appreciate your advice!!