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Month: May 2013

Printing on Vinyl and Polyester Cloth Banners

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The type of plastic and fabric materials printed on to make banner displays.

Question: What type of plastic are banners printed on?

Polyvinyl chloride, or PVC, is still one of the most popular materials to print banners with. There are other plastics as well, although one is a fabric type of plastic, but comes from petroleum as well.

Polyvinyl Chloride

PVC is a petroleum-based plastic, as they all are, that has had “plasticizers” added to create the soft, roll-able material that many printers, screen, digital, and other printers have used for the past three decades.

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Are Emission Inspection Stickers a Requirement for All Vehicles?

Emission Inspection Sticker

Emission inspection stickers requirement across the different states in America.

Question: Can I get an inspection sticker for my car without going through an inspection?

Well, off the cuff, I’d say “No way José!” However, I thought that might be a poorly thought out response, so I thought I’d go to some US State websites and see what they had to say. I reviewed 10 states in various parts of the country, and here’s the surprising results of what I found…

New York – “All vehicles registered in New York State must get a safety inspection and an emissions inspection every 12 months.

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How to Prevent Car Window and Bumper Stickers from Tearing Off

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Preventing car stickers from falling off the window or Bumper of your vehicle.

Question: How do you keep vinyl bumper stickers or car window decals from being torn off a car or truck?

Most vinyl bumper stickers or vinyl or polyester car window decals have acrylic adhesive glue affixed to the decal on one side and your car window or bumper on the other. Acrylic adhesives come in varying degrees of toughness, but for the most part, the wind will never tear these stickers from your car.

Permanent Decals or Stickers

Many window decals and bumper decals have what is known as “permanent adhesive.” This adhesive takes about 48 to 72 hours to fully purchase to your window or bumper on your car,

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Dye Sublimation Printing – Benefits and Type of Fabric Used

Polyvinyl Banners

The fabric suitable for dye sublimation printing and the pros of this print technology.

Question: Do fabrics need to be 100% polyester for dye sub printing?

While you do need at least 60% polyester fabric to successfully dye sub print, it is better to use 100% polyester because you will attain a superior print if 100% of the fabric accepts the dye when it enters gas form and is inducted into the open polymer pores.

What you may not know is how this process works and why polyester fabric is the best product for dye sublimation,

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Is Dye Sublimation Printing on Plastics Possible?

Printing on Plastics

Can Plastic be Printed through Dye Sublimation?

Question: Are you able to print plastics using dye sublimation printing?

Pretty much anything that has the correct chemical composition – i.e. is made from polymers (is polymeric in its chemical structure), it can be printed. Or, if not, if your substrate, whether it be leather, wood, glass, or non-polymeric plastic, will retain a clear or white base coat spray throughout the sublimation printing process, then yes, you can print plastic with dye sub printing – with a big caveat.

The dye sub print process uses heat.

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Dye sublimation Printing of Ceramics, Metal, Glass, etc.

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Glass, Metal, and Ceramic Substrates for Dye Sublimation Print Processing.

Question: Can dye sublimation printing be used on glass, metal, and/or ceramics?

Yes, but only with the right treatment. There are polymeric sprays that you can treat various materials with that create the right surface for dye sublimation printing.

Dye sublimation printing is perhaps one of the best and most effective printing methods available today, as well as being a cost-effective print method that produces high quality and long lasting and satisfying graphics on a wide variety of materials, from glass, ceramics, and metal to various polymer based fabrics.

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Dye Sublimation Banners: Advantages, Outdoor Usage, & Unsuitable Substrates

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Using sublimated banners outdoors. What are the substrates available for fabric printing. And, opting for dye sub displays.

Question: Why can’t dye sub printed banners or other items be used out-of-doors?

I am not sure exactly who fed that information to you, but it is absolutely and unequivocally untrue.

For instance, one of the most popular places to use dye sublimation printing is on snowboards. Another is light pole banners. There are several fabrics that can be used for display graphics outdoors at outdoor trade shows.

Another place that dye sublimation printing is used is on gazebo covers.

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The Process of Dye Sublimation Printing on Darker Substrates

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Sublimating dyes onto darker substrates. And, what really happens when the dyes are sublimated onto the substrates.

Question:  Is it possible to print dye sublimation inks onto darker substrates or fabrics.

You can do it, but it probably won’t look that great. The short answer would be, “why?” The longer answer follows.

Even double-sided fabric banner materials printed using dye sublimation barely pass the viewing test because there is just enough black block out visible to make the material appear slightly grayish-white.

Make no mistake about this…it is going to affect the color of your print.

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Dye Sublimation Printing on Snowboards and Cotton

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Can you do dye sublimation pressing on snowboard or cotton fabric surfaces? Read here to find out.

Question:  Is the dye sublimation printing process usable for printing snowboards?

Absolutely. Dye sublimation can be used on any surface where polymeric treatment of a substrate can be successful, from mugs to glass to snowboards.

Basis for Dye Sublimation to Work

Because it is the polymers that are the basis of dye sublimation, if a substrate can retain the polymeric treatment on its surface, that substrate can be dye sub printed. Plastics, glass, wood, stone,

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Dye Sublimated Banners as a Trade Show Backdrop

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Using Dye Sublimation Fabric Banner Displays as Trade Show Booth Backdrops.

Question: We are designing a trade show booth, and would like to know if dye sublimation banners would be suitable for  the boot backdrop?

Yes. Not only would it be suitable, it would be the most attractive backdrop, in our opinion, that money can buy. And not that much money any more, as the price of dye sublimation printed fabric comes down to more affordable levels.

It is our belief that if you use dye sublimate fabric banners, displays, backdrops, whatever you can do with dye sub printed fabrics,

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