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Good, inexpensive print vinyl?

Discussion in 'Vehicle Wraps' started by catldavis, May 17, 2017.

  1. catldavis

    catldavis Member

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    I'm new to car wrapping and I'm looking for a relatively good, inexpensive print vinyl to use to practice printing and wrapping. Obviously I don't want to use some of the better 3M or other vinyls for practice. I know at one time there was a company that sponsored here out of Atlanta that had a private label air release vinyl that was well spoken off but I can't recall their name or even know if they are still in business (or a sponsor).

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
     
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  2. GaSouthpaw

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    General Formulations' AutoMark springs immediately to mind. There are a number of merchant members here who could probably offer a low-cost material for this use.
    I'd also suggest contacting your regular suppliers and asking for sample rolls of the high end material/laminate so you can practice with it, too.
     
  3. catldavis

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    Thanks GaSouthpaw for the reply. I'll check out the recommended vinyl.
     
  4. 2CT Media

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    Instant one media is who you are thinking of... Their cast is great, we had some issue on our 360 but on our new 570 it seems to work great again.
     
  5. GraphicsSource

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    +1 for automark with automark lam. It's a good print vinyl that you can wrap with but I use it mostly for decals sets and box trucks (not too many curves).

    It's also great for general use such as window graphics and other outdoor applications.
     
  6. strypguy

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    I wasn't super happy with Instant One Medias Calendered vinyl but I did get a little of their cast vinyl to test out. It prints just fine and I installed some decals on my work truck over a year ago and it looks just as good as the day I installed. I laminated with 290G Oracal. They have a special on their website 54" x 150' for $239. John
     
  7. Modern Ink Signs

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    You do know your cheap stuff will most likely print differently and MOST definitely will install differently.
     
  8. dale911

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    There is a huge difference between installing auto mark and installing a quality wrap film like 3m or Orafol. But if you can do automark well, then "real" cast wrap vinyl will be a breeze.


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  9. GaSouthpaw

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    That's why I suggested it- if you can install the "more difficult" products, the premium ones should be no problem. (Though I will say that AutoMark is an easy install).
     
  10. Bly

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    I wouldn't try learning to wrap with calendared.
    It's hard enough with cast when don't know what you're doing.
     
  11. catldavis

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    Great discussion, thank you all for your input. Can someone recommend a distributor for Automark?
     
  12. 2CT Media

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    Fellers, N Glantz, and I believe Grimco sell GF products.
     
  13. Kentucky Wraps

    Kentucky Wraps Kentucky Wraps

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    ebay.
     
  14. jsmoritz2000

    jsmoritz2000 Premium Subscriber

    Yep. Our 3M and Orafol sales reps are very generous. We've done a number of small jobs that cost us nothing more than some ink and our time.
     
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