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Month: March 2013

Correct Installation, Care, and Removal of Car and Truck Decals

car stickers

Can car waxes affect a stuck decal on your car? How to remove the bubbles under car decals and stickers after installation? Can you clear coat vinyl truck decals? And, can truck decals or stickers damage the truck paint upon removal?

Question:  Will car wax affect the window decal on my car’s window?

Not unless it is a VERY poor quality sticker, or an interior paper sticker or label. The wax should actually protect the decal to a point, especially if it’s a good quality exterior window decal.

Because the decals are printed on a PVC vinyl material,

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Car Decals – Window Defrosters, Tints, & Weather Resistance

Car window decals

Can the rear window defroster affect the stuck car window decal? Are vinyl car decals weatherproof? Can the decals affect the car window tint? Also, will the window decals or stickers easily wash off?

Question: Will the rear window defroster affect the decal on the rear window?

It shouldn’t. Most rear car window decals on cars or trucks have an acrylic adhesive that should withstand temperature up to 180ºF (82ºC). Your rear window defroster, if functioning normally, is likely never to get near that temperature.

Question:  Are vinyl car decals and stickers weather proof?

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Fabric Banner Thickness, Sizes, Installation, and Usage

School Cloth Banners

The standard sizes and different thickness of fabric banners, and how to install or display them. Also, why you should opt for dye sublimation printed fabric banners.

Question: How thick are fabric banners?

Measuring Fabric Banners

Fabric or Cloth Banners are not generally measured by the thickness of the material like many graphic substrates are, such as polyethylene, paper, or corrugated plastic. Rather, it is measured either by weight per square yard or square meter.

You will commonly hear or read when researching cloth banners that it is a 9oz.

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Dye Sublimation Fabric Printing Compared to Screen Printing

On-Screen Printing Process

On-screen printing versus Dye Sublimation printing. Also, discover how pigment inks are different from dye sublimated inks.

Question: If cost is not a concern, what is better?  Screen printing or dye sublimation printing?

While you could, in theory, print a fabric banner using screen printing equipment (t-shirts are most often screen printed and they’re made of cloth), the wider variety of things you can screen print cannot be printed using the dye sublimation printing process.

Dye Sublimation Printing

Here’s a short explanation to back up what I’m saying.

Fabrics Used

Dye sublimation banner or display printing is almost exclusively done on polyester fabrics,

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Choosing a Dye Sublimation Fabric Display Printer

epson sublimation printing machine

Recommendations when it comes to choosing the right dye sublimation printers, especially if you are starting your own fabric banner printing shop.

Question: Could you recommend a sublimation printer?

No. I post these Q & A articles on sites that won’t allow me to use brand names or shamelessly self-promote our company, so I have to tread lightly. However, I can tell you how we shop for equipment like dye sub printers.

Determine Your Market

First, determine your market. Do you need a 2.1 meter width printer, or a 3.2 meter. What is available?

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Dye Sublimation Printing Versus Screen Printing

Dye sub versus on-screen printing

This is how dye sublimation printing differs from screen printing.

Question: What is the difference between dye sublimation and screen printing?

The two styles of printing are markedly different. The similarities are that both are printed on substrates and both produce an image. Aside from that? Not so much.

The screen printing process uses a very labor intensive set up that you don’t have with dye sublimation printing.

Screen Printing

I’ll walk you through the screen printing process as I know it quite intimately, since this is where I began my career in the graphics business.

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Dye Sublimation Fabric Printing – THE Best Print Quality

Wide format printer

Dye sublimation versus Toner-based printing. Liquid inkjet, solid Ink, and UV Printing Processes – which produces the highest print quality?

Question:  What print technology produces the highest quality text and graphics? Toner-based, liquid inkjet, solid ink, dye sublimation, thermal, or UV printers?

That’s a very complex question. Off the cuff, dye sublimation would be my first answer, but that’s not very thorough of an answer because there are different substrates for different uses, and each has it’s own special ink set.

For instance, if you need a polyethylene OSHA warning sign, you are not going to be using dye sublimation printing.

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How Does Dye Sublimation Cloth Banner Printing Work?

Digital press

The process, inks, and fabrics used in dye sublimation printing.

Question: How does sublimation printing work?

“Traditional” dye sublimation printing of cloth/fabric uses a print process that employs heat to transfer ink – or dye – onto synthetic fabrics or other materials.

Sublimation simply means that the dyes convert from a solid state to a gaseous state, although never becoming liquid. The process was developed to be able to transfer photographs and highly intricate designs onto fabric or cloth.

In our business, we print banners and fabric using dye sublimation mainly for banners or displays.

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How to Use Dye Sublimation Printing and Find a Good Printer

Wide Format Printers

Printing from dye sublimated dyes to regular inks, and finding a good dye sublimation printer.

Question:  Can a printer be used for Dye Sublimation after already having been used with regular inks?

No. The two types of printers are mutually exclusive to the types of material that are being printed.

First, traditional dye sublimation printing of cloths and fabrics is done with a CMYO ink set, which is different from CMYK. The CMYO (“O” stands for the clear overprint) printing is printed to a transfer paper, and then applied to the fabric using heat and pressure.

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Trade Show Booth Styles, Dye Sublimated Fabric Banners Explained

trade show booth

Trade show booth designs. Differences between flags & banners. Are banners fire resistant ? And, durability of dye sublimated fabric banners.

Question: What are the basic styles of fabric construction for trade show exhibit booths?

That is a very broad question. Kind of like how do you build a house? But let’s give it a whirl.

Most fabrics that are used for trade show displays are a polyester knit fabric with a small amount of a stretchy material called lycra in it to promote stretchiness.

Why would you want stretchy polyester fabric for your trade show display?

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