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Need Help Applying vinyl logos to fluted glass doors

Discussion in 'General Signmaking Topics' started by HeathW, May 6, 2019.

  1. HeathW

    HeathW New Member

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    Hey everyone, I have a big client of ours that wants to add tenant logos to fluted glass doors (see attached pic). I haven't went to check them out yet, but I'm pretty sure both sides are fluted. Anyone ever attempted to letter these with vinyl? Curious what everyone thinks or if you have any suggestions beside hiring someone to hand letter them w/ paint. Thanks.
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  2. unclebun

    unclebun Very Active Member

    I'd have to see the cross-section of the fluting to know if it would cause a problem. A small depth of wave isn't going to cause problems.
     
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  3. CanuckSigns

    CanuckSigns Very Active Member

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    Is this just like coroplast but with glass?
     
  4. BIG EASY DOES IT

    BIG EASY DOES IT Very Active Member

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    Clear silicone a flat sign to it.
     
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  5. a77

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    And cover up the other side with another sign or something rigid so you don't see the globs of silicone.
     
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  6. HeathW

    HeathW New Member

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    Yeah, I know it's hard to tell without actually seeing it in person and seeing how deep they really go. I believe it's similar to the pic below. I don't think they want to go for actual signs onto it. I thought about that too. I'm going to go check it out tomorrow in person. I tried googling to see some pics of other ones that were lettered but I couldn't find anything really.
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  7. unclebun

    unclebun Very Active Member

    That picture shows flutes deep enough that you wouldn't be able to just squeegee normally across them. You could probably get vinyl on there by holding a metal squeegee (the wallpaper kind you use for putting application tape on) vertically and carefully going up and down the flutes.
     
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  8. Johnny Best

    Johnny Best Very Active Member

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    Make sure you bring a sample piece of vinyl with you to see if it will stick to the fluted glass.
     
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  9. kcollinsdesign

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    Seperate signs glued to the glass is your best bet. If that isn't an option, I would contact the interior design firm and ask them what to use, then follow their advice. If they had no advice, I would point that out to the client and politely pass on the job.

    You could always try some vinyl, but I don't think it will work without trapping air pockets. Hand lettering would be a nightmare. You could probably print with the right latex flatbed printer and get reasonable results if designed with enough latitude to accommodate the texture.
     
  10. Billct2

    Billct2 Major Contributor

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    Agree about the panels, but I would look at using some type of adhesive back plastic velcro for mounting. They will be changed. Strips on the high spots should do it.
     
  11. This just requires careful installation. We have done graphics on glass like this before. if you can use vinyl with air egress you're laughing, if not you just need to slowly apply over the crest of the bump from top to bottom and then incrementally jam the vinyl into the valley moving down the graphic. You may have a few bubbles in the end, but nothing a healthy poke won't fix.
     
  12. jfiscus

    jfiscus Adobe Shinobi

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    I would recommend a vinyl like 3M 480 and using a rolley-pro to install it.
     
  13. bigben

    bigben Moderator

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    Exactly what I was about to suggest. I've just installed regular cast cut vinyl with clear premask on a concret ceiling with a rollepro and it work great. You can heat the vinyl with the premask on it and it work perfectly.
     
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