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Tag: screen printing

Locating a Source for PVC or Vinyl Outdoor Banners

Vinyl and PVC Indoor or Outdoor Banners: Sources for High or Low Quantities

Where is the best place to purchase vinyl outdoor or indoor banners? Of course, I will always tell you, “Right here,” but to be fair to your question, I will give you your available options, as well as the pros and cons of each option.

First off, all PVC banners are usable indoors or out-of-doors. Because they are so popular as an inexpensive, comparatively, advertising medium, there simply has never been a reason to make the interior displays, and because the volume of materials that are used is so great,

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How to Screen or Digitally Print PVC or Vinyl Banners

Screen Printing or Digitally Printing PVC or Vinyl Banners; No Painting Allowed on Vinyl

I have received several questions regarding vinyl (flexible PVC) banners that I am going to answer over the next few articles. The first is, “What type of paint does one use on vinyl banners?”

The answer is that we don’t use “paint” per se on vinyl banners, although there may be some craft type stores that sell such a product. Coming from the commercial side of vinyl banners, though, there are about three main methods to print banners.

The first method,

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Pantone Colors for Banners – Lettering Sizes for Better Viewing

Using Pantone Color Matching for Display Printing, and Readable Sign Letter Sizes for Better Viewing

Question:  From today’s mail bag, Joe M. has asked if we can print Pantone Matching System® (PMS) colors on banners or posters?

Joe, the answer to your question is generally “yes.” Most printing equipment today, which includes screen printing, offset printing (lithographic printing), dye sublimation fabric printing, flexographic printing, and digital printing, to name a few, are capable, some at the entry of the PMS number into the printer’s computer, to get within 1 or 2% of the PMS color specified.

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Printing on Vinyl and Polyester Cloth Banners

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 Choloride

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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Fabric Used in Dye Sublimation Printing of T-shirts

Is Polyester Fabric the Required Cloth for Printing T-shirts Through Dye Sublimation?

Question:  For T-shirts, is it mandatory to use polyester T-shirts/fabric with dye sublimation printing?

There has been a lot of experimentation with various natural fibers and mixed natural fibers (like the 50/50 cotton tee), and for the most part, it is best, when using true dye sublimation printing on fabric, to use polyester fabrics.

Some have reported success with the 50/50 cotton tees, but most prefer to use available digital printers that have the proper inks for adhering to cotton, or screen-print inks which are also formulated for cotton or 50/50 t-shirts.

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Dye Sublimation Fabric Printing Compared to Screen Printing

Screen Printing Versus Dye Sublimation, and How Pigment Inks Differ from Dye Sub 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.

Here’s a short explanation to back up what I’m saying. Dye sublimation banner or display printing is almost exclusively done on polyester fabrics,

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Dye Sublimation Printing Versus Screen Printing

How Dye Sublimation 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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Will Cut Decals Work on Textured Walls, and How to Make Decals

Will Vinyl Cut Decal Adhere to Textured Walls? How Are Printed Decals Made?

Question: I have textured walls, will a Cut Decal work on textured walls?

Absolutely. However, do note that the thinner the material, the better the adhesion.

Two Types of Vinyl

There are two basic types of vinyl material that most wall stickers are comprised of. There are others, but for simplicity, we’ll talk about the most common.

The higher quality vinyl material is known as “cast” vinyl, and typically is 2mils thickness. Various companies such as 3M and Avery manufacture these films and sell them in rolls varying from 15” in width up to 60” in width.

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Digital Sign Printing Compared To Screen Printing Signs

On-Screen Printing Process

Several hundred years ago when I made the fateful decision to get into the signage business, my first position was screen printing signs. Back when I started, you could be make graphic displays with lacquer inks and get high at the same time…those were the days!

Many companies who used to be screen pressing have switched over to digital printing, but there are still numerous companies who do screen-print press, and as far as I can tell, it isn’t going away anytime soon, as was prognosticated by myself and other sign experts 5 years ago.

Digital and Screen Printing: Speed vs.

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Basic Screen Printing Compared to the Basics of Digital Printing

On-Screen Printing

Several hundred years ago when I made the fateful decision to get into the sign business, my first position was screen printing signs. Back when I started, you could print signs with lacquer inks and get high at the same time…those were the days!

Many companies who used on-screen print processing have switched over to digital printing, but there are still numerous companies that make use of this traditional method, and as far as I can tell, it isn’t going away anytime soon as was prognosticated by myself and other experts 5 years ago.

While digital imprinting has increased in popularity,

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