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Ice Rink Graphics

Discussion in 'Materials' started by EstiSetser, Nov 9, 2012.

  1. EstiSetser

    EstiSetser New Member

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    Got a customer wanting graphics on an outdoor ice rink. We know the process, and I've read that Ultraflex Ultramesh Plus works for it. The stuff we have in stock has lost its label, but it's either Ultramesh Plus or Strip Mesh. Only difference is the tensile strength, so would Strip Mesh still work for this?
     
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  2. Gino

    Gino Major Contributor

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    Welcome from PA.......................
     
  3. EstiSetser

    EstiSetser New Member

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    Thanks, Gino.
     
  4. CanuckSigns

    CanuckSigns Very Active Member

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    I'm assuming you are talking about putting the graphics in the ice? if so it should be fine
     
  5. EstiSetser

    EstiSetser New Member

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    Yeh, that's what I meant. We are redoing their dasher boards, too, but that's all under control.
    Thanks, I'll let the salesman know to go ahead with the quote as is.
     
  6. EstiSetser

    EstiSetser New Member

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    Any coating needed, or just as-is?
     
  7. J Hill Designs

    J Hill Designs Major Contributor

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    I'd say it should be coated with ice :thumb:
     
  8. EstiSetser

    EstiSetser New Member

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    I'll call the owners and make sure they've got it!
     
  9. bosdub

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    Hi!

    I'm curious what material you are using for the dasher boards? Trying to find a decent material for our local youth hockey arena.

    Thx
     
  10. bosdub

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    Probably should have mentioned that I used Strip Mesh at our local rink and it worked just fine. No coating.
     
  11. JoeBoomer

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    We used to use Oracal 3640 for the dasher boards w/ luster laminate. I know it seems crazy to use such cheap calendared vinyl, but it's worked for years. (Customer installs)
     
  12. Doyle

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    I've received a request for some in-ice graphics for a local youth hockey rink. I've done a little searching and found this thread, which is helpful. I can get the strip mesh material from Fellers, but I have a couple of questions. After printing, can I contour-cut (by hand) the image/logo with or without a white border or should it remain a rectangular shape as printed on the material? Do I need to do anything special for finishing or will the graphics be ready to use without any further coatings etc? I've never printed these before and I am somewhat unfamiliar with how they are encapsulated in the ice (or even why they must be printed on the mesh material, for that matter?).

    Any help would be appreciated, thanks in advance!
     
  13. sfr table hockey

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    I have just used mesh banner material. It allows the water to squeeze out of the holes and stays flat when rolling out and it is like window perf where you don't notice the holes from a few feet away. Print the mesh with a double print if you can to make it more bold.

    After they build the ice up a bit, they will start laying the lines and logos. They use a paint roller with a bucket of water. You can lay out the mesh and then start rolling the water over top to tack it. Then once a thin layer is rolled over the entire mesh they lightly flood with a sprayer and then more after that. You just don't want to flood too much and melt the area so that the mesh could move or lift in areas. Again the mesh helps hold the logos in place with a little water on top that freezes quick.

    There is a rink mesh that they sell which is a bit more of a material feel but I used the mesh from 4 over and they can print some large one piece logos. I did cut around the logos by hand just so there was less white space of the mesh showing. If the white of the ice is different you may notice the outline of the mesh but overall it blends in from the seats.

    Just know that things look large when installing but tend to look a lot smaller from the seats.

    Also depending on how much they flood on top of the mesh will determine how good the color is and how good the logos look. This last time the rink guys put a thicker layer on top of the mesh and the logos tend to look a bit more dull but that goes for all the lines they did and not just the mesh logos. You don't want it too thin and have a skate take a chunk out and expose the mesh.

    They also took the mesh out last year and got a bit too close to them when shaving the ice and I needed to patch a spot or two which got ripped up. A couple other spots they painted black paint over areas of the mesh that were torn and missing and you can not tell after they are flooded, so repairs can be made if you have the same color to match. Black was easy.
     
  14. Doyle

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    Thank you for the information! I am looking at Ultra Flex strip mesh material, which is a "standard hole" mesh, as opposed to some others that have small holes. I understand that the smaller holes will yield a better image/more vibrant colors, but should I stick with the standard hole mesh material, or do you have a recommendation? Either way, I should do an over-print (double-print)? Thanks again!
     
  15. jfiscus

    jfiscus Adobe Shinobi

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    ANY type of mesh should work fine for under-ice graphics. We just finished the local rink here - WHEW! That is the biggest P.I.T.A. project we have all year; over 400 different printed pieces in one project... and EVERY piece of art came in at the wrong size, w/o bleeds, etc, etc. FUN TIMES!
     

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  16. visual800

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    mesh banner will be fine. we used it in local mall. spray rink with mist water, lay graphics down and then start coating it
     
  17. sfr table hockey

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    Yes the smaller hole mesh would show a bit better but the stuff I used was just standard mesh from 4 over. I re printed one AD on my own, with standard mesh, and my color was a bit better being double printed but not a huge difference once in the ice. The thickness of the ice on top of the mesh is what makes a bigger difference in how good it looks.
     
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