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Sign Vinyl

Postby ryankilgore » Mon Sep 08, 2008 9:49 am

So I tried my second dye a couple weeks ago and again had a bunch of bleeds because the contact paper came unstuck. I really tried to be careful with it and make sure it was really pressed down, but after it was sitting in the hot dye it bled in a bunch of places.

This leads me to think that some sign vinyl would be better. But I don't know what to buy. Where have some of you purchased sign vinyl and transfer tape? I think I'd like to get a roll of each.


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Postby Midnightbiker » Mon Sep 08, 2008 11:13 am

Look up or in the phone book "Sign making materials". Also, try this link:
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Postby k-os » Mon Sep 08, 2008 12:31 pm

I bought some big-enough scraps from a local sign shop.
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Postby ryankilgore » Mon Sep 08, 2008 2:28 pm

I guess my question was, Is there any special kind of vinyl i should buy or avoid? Or is all sign vinyl the same? What about transfer tape?
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Postby some call me...tim? » Mon Sep 08, 2008 3:34 pm

Don't buy the cheapest stuff you can find, and don't buy the most expensive. Cheapest stuff will stretch and pull when you try to cut/peel it, and can leave a nasty sticky residue that's a pain t get off. The most expensive stuff would probably be great, but you're throwing all the stuff away, so it'd be a waste. I think Oracal is the most trusted name, and probably the lowest grade of it would work fine. Also, get white or light colors so you can trace through it.
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Postby stoneman » Mon Sep 08, 2008 8:27 pm

Just bop into a couple sign shops and ask for scraps. I did that, and I probably got enough vinyl to do 100 discs. I said I was interested in anything 12"x12" or bigger, and didn't care what color. Got a bigass box full of vinyl. :) One piec was like 20" wide, and over 20' long.
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