Using Hardboards for Sign Substrates

16-Sep-2014

A sign maker asked if he could mount a printed vinyl graphic to Masonite, which is another name for hardboard. Because hardboard is porous, we told him to either paint or varnish the sheet to prevent it from absorbing moisture which could adversely affect the adhesion of the graphics. A better answer is to use a product called Scooter Board™ which is a hardboard with a water-resistant urethane coating. Sign makers use Scooter Board™ for the product, such a point-of-purchase displays, trade show graphics, event signage and election signs. As well as being an excellent choice for screen printing, it's also an ideal substrate for applied vinyl graphics and digital prints. Read more

Limiting Ink Density

05-Aug-2014

In past articles, I cautioned that you should limit ink densities to no greater than 250% to 275%. One reason, is that the volume of ink that you print on a substrate has a direct effect on the dimensional stability of the film that you are printing on. The more ink that you lay down, the more contraction of the vinyl you can expect as the ink dries. When this happens, the applied graphic can peel at the edges. Even before the film is applied, the vinyl can start to curl at its edges on the release liner. Failure to limit ink density can also lead to other problems, which I will expound upon shortly.

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Removing Surface Protection Masking from Plastic

05-Aug-2014

Usually removing the paper surface protection masking on plastic is easy. If you are experiencing any trouble removing the application tape from a plastic surface, read this article for a few different solutions. Read more

AT75.1 - Embossed High Tack Film Application Tape

05-Aug-2014

AT75.1 Clear Choice is an embossed clear film application tape. The higher tack adhesive coated on the film transfers problematic films and makes tough applications easier. In this article, we explain where users should consider using AT75.1. Read more

Plotter Cutting VinylEfx and EZ Erase Films

05-Aug-2014

VinylEfx® and EZ Erase™ vinyl films cut as easily as most glossy, white calendered vinyls. For best cutting results, use a sharp 45° blade at slow cutting speeds with swivel type of cutters. Optimal cutting pressures vary depending on plotter type and blade sharpness. Read more

Removing Rock Hard Tape Adhesive

05-Aug-2014

Many of our customers use our paper application tapes as a protective masking for substrates or for painting. Masking on products stored indoors and not exposed to high heat should remove without problems. When paper application tape is exposed to high heat and prolonged sunlight, however, you can encounter big trouble that may be irreparable. Read more

Limiting Ink Density

03-Jul-2014

In past articles, I cautioned that you should limit ink densities to no greater than 250% to 275%. One reason, is that the volume of ink that you print on a substrate has a direct effect on the dimensional stability of the film that you are printing on. The more ink that you lay down, the more contraction of the vinyl you can expect as the ink dries. When this happens, the applied graphic can peel at the edges. Even before the film is applied, the vinyl can start to curl at its edges on the release liner. Failure to limit ink density can also lead to other problems, which I will expound upon shortly. Read more

Dimples in Paper Application Tape

01-Nov-2013

Dimples on a person’s face are usually regarded as being attractive and desirable. But dimples on the surface of paper application tape…not so much! In fact, dimples in the application paper are aesthetically unappealing. In most cases, however, a little dimpling does not mean the roll is bad and can’t be used. Generally, sign makers can easily work through this condition without experiencing problems. Read more

Adhesion Testing

29-Oct-2013

Whether you are screen printing or painting, the coating must bond to the substrate for the service life of the product. Depending on the physical properties of the coating that you have selected for a project and the substrate to which the coating will be applied, the paint or ink adheres in a few different manners. Read more

Painting on Metal Panels

14-Oct-2013

In this article I will share with you what I learned from master painters, Sal Cabrera and Bill Riedel, as well as explain the step-by-step process that I used in painting on a metal panel. For this story, I will be painting a cow skull, which is a popular artistic motif in the world of automotive artists and pinstripers. Read more

How to Dome Vinyl Graphics

08-Jul-2013

Because metalized vinyl's exude an opulent aura, these eye-catching films are a popular choice in the design and manufacture of OEM emblems and trim. What’s more, their attractive and luxurious appeal complements the appearance of high-ticket products, such as RV vehicles and marine craft. Read more

Overlaying VinylEfx® with Oracal Transparent Films

08-Jul-2013

The colored films in the RTape Decorative Series VinylEfx® films are absolutely beautiful. The trouble is the dyes used in manufacturing the different hues are not durable outside. Dyes never are. So what do you do if you want a patterned metalized vinyl in blue or red or green Read more



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