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Gloss or Matte Print and Laminate Question

Discussion in 'Digital Printing' started by SignShopDave, Jul 10, 2018.

  1. SignShopDave

    SignShopDave New Member

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    I am getting ready to redo my sign our front of my shop. It is 6' tall x 12' wide. This is my fist print and laminate job and I am worried that gloss will reflect the sun bad. the sign is 2 sided and perpendicular to the road so the face is facing east and west. right now it has cut vinyl on white background and the silver vinyl is hard to read in the afternoon as it reflects real bad.

    my new sign will not have silver at all. white lettering with an orange/peach background.

    should I use gloss or matte for this?
     
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  2. bannertime

    bannertime "You guys do banners, right?"

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    We prefer matte for street signs. If the sun is bright enough it's going to white out the sign no matter what, but matte won't glare into the driver's eyes.
     
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  3. SignShopDave

    SignShopDave New Member

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    does it matter if i use matte print material or gloss with matte laminate? or vice versa?
     
  4. Vohaul

    Vohaul Member

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    No, you can laminate gloss vinyl and make it matte or vice versa...... just be sure to use calendered vinyl and calendered lam...or cast and cast:)


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  5. papabud

    papabud Lone Wolf

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    i tend to use a luster lam. i think the gloss comes out looking "cartoonish"
     
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  6. AKwrapguy

    AKwrapguy Active Member

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    Why not meet in the middle and go Luster?
     
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  7. Ra33it

    Ra33it Member

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    Yeah I would go either luster or matte.
     
  8. unclebun

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    We use gloss for signs like that. It's no different than the finish I'd have had 25 years ago with a painted background and painted graphics, or even if I use ACP and cast vinyl. Those all have gloss finish as well. Color saturation and contrast are better with gloss. We tend to reserve luster or (rarely) matte finish for indoor signs.
     
  9. JBurton

    JBurton Signtologist

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    I'm a fan of satin finish myself, luster is so last year. I finally got all the sales guys to start spec'ing it in their proposals so now I can stock one roll for 90% of jobs. Most customers never perceive the difference in matte/gloss in the first place, and I'm one to think the gloss looks cartoonish as well, but to each his own.
     
  10. bannertime

    bannertime "You guys do banners, right?"

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    Which material are you stocking in satin? I'm only ever seeing gloss, semi-gloss, luster, and matte.
     
  11. SignShopDave

    SignShopDave New Member

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    Thank you all for the replies. I ordered gloss and Satin laminate i could not find cast laminate in 60"
     
  12. papabud

    papabud Lone Wolf

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    we use 54" for all our print lam work, and 30" for just cut vinyl
     
  13. JBurton

    JBurton Signtologist

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    Satin is what Arlon calls it. We use 3420 60" all the time, which is calendared, but they also make a cast/wrap version 3220 in 60" as well, but just now I checked and it's actually called lustre in the cast version...
     
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