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how to do small lettering??

Discussion in 'General Signmaking Topics' started by Accelerated Graphics, Jun 13, 2012.

  1. Accelerated Graphics

    Accelerated Graphics Active Member

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    customer is doing plane interiors and need custom labels but wanting individual letters.
    We've done some in silk screen but hes wanting something different..
     

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  2. john1

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    print on clear with a machine that can print white as a base then color on top.
     
  3. Accelerated Graphics

    Accelerated Graphics Active Member

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    they don't want that, Customer said he's seen it before, like the cut vinyl but small clean letters...I was thinking maybe some kind of silk screen transfer..
     
  4. SignProPlus-Alex

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    How about nice engraved plate with double sided tape?
     
  5. d fleming

    d fleming Very Active Member

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    Cut it, don't weed it, transfer tape it. Customer applies and then weeds off of wall or door. Better yet, customer applies unweeded, weeds in reverse, then paints letters on so the first kid in the potty doesn't scrape it off.
     
  6. J Hill Designs

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    yeah weed on the substrate. or, if theirs not many to do, just dial in your plotter and run it slow
     
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    3M Electrocut vinyl (cast, with clear plastic liner) is pretty good for small intricate plotting.
     
  8. john1

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    Gotta work smarter not harder. Tell him the options and if he doesn't like them then send him off. Wouldn't waste my time weeding these out of cut vinyl.
     
  9. AwardImage

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    OMG!
    You guys are awesome with the experienced ideas (weeding from the substrate)

    Also, I was going to post that you need to replace your cutter strip, before you "dial in" a finesse job like that.

    Offspin thought: I'm going to cut my logo for a return address sticker for some job farming letters... the next time I swap cutter strips.
     
  10. gabagoo

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    This!!!!
     
  11. Accelerated Graphics

    Accelerated Graphics Active Member

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    I try to run him all I can on some jobs but he spends about 8k a month here.. Gotta try sometime..
     
  12. john1

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    Then in that case yeah do it.

    Use a 60 degree blade and oracal 651 (i have found it weeds amazing on small jobs)
     
  13. ironchef

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    What size are the letters? I can easily weed halfinch letters when i slow the plotter down, mayne even quarter inch., if i take my time. I use a graphtec fc8000-75
     
  14. Accelerated Graphics

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    1/8" letters
     
  15. AwardImage

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    My hero :) That's tight
     
  16. CES020

    CES020 Very Active Member

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    I have a product for the laser that'll work just fine, I think.

    It's about .005" thick, got adhesive on the back, and it's stiff, not flexible like vinyl. Send me the file and I'll cut it for you for free to see if it works. You'd have nice, individual letters with a strong adhesive on the back (not that that matters, since it's not but so much surface area on a 1/8" tall letter anyway).

    PM me and I'll get you my contact info.

    I've got some white I use all the time for different applications. I cut through it, leaving the release liner in tact. All you'd have to do is put transfer tape on it and you should be set.
     
  17. CES020

    CES020 Very Active Member

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    Just ran a quick test, here's the result.
     

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  18. TwoNine

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    Romark?
     
  19. royster13

    royster13 Very Active Member

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    So how long will those little bits stay stuck?...This seems to be the wrong way to do it if they expect them to last.....Looks like a pad printing job....
     
  20. Custom_Grafx

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    How big is the piece? Will it fit into a laser etching machine? Etch it, paint fill it. OR, use a direct printing method of your choice.

    Do NOT stick on individual letters that size... especially for a good client....
     
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