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Masshole says hello!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by fletcher, Jun 21, 2007.

  1. fletcher

    fletcher New Member

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    Hello! I'm part of a small business in eastern MA lookin to get into signs/banners etc. With any luck we'll soon have a Mutoh vj 64 and comparable cutter to go with! I know this isn't really the place for questions but ima try anyway. How necessary is a laminator in the early stages? Outdoor banners/signs will be some of our first projects.. not sure if they'll be up all year though.. what do you guys think?

    Fletcher
     
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  2. SignosaurusRex

    SignosaurusRex Major Contributor

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    Welcome Aboard Masshole! We're not in the large format (print) game here in our shop so I'll leave the comments to the real pros. I guess time will tell if you really are a "Masshole"! LOL.. Sorry, I could not resist....:Welcome: to:signs101:
     
  3. DRPSignsNGrafix

    DRPSignsNGrafix Very Active Member

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    Laminate will all depend on length outside. With the solvent inks u should be ok for a while. Welcome to signs101
     
  4. Pro Image

    Pro Image Major Contributor

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    Howdee from VA.................
     
  5. Mike Paul

    Mike Paul Major Contributor

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    Get the laminator!... along with you printer. A Package deal will save you some $$$. You won't need it for banners but you will for other jobs. :thumb:
     
  6. Custom Signs

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    Welcome from Texas!
     
  7. Replicator

    Replicator Major Contributor

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    Welcome to the show !
     
  8. imaSIGNr

    imaSIGNr Very Active Member

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    From the North country....you said it , I didn't, but that is what we call them down there.
     
  9. fletcher

    fletcher New Member

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    haha signr

    Haha signr a-holes aplenty round here. I was just up in Prentiss/Lincoln area.. so pretty up there.. but a little scary too.. funny when the local(only) gas station sells soda in isle one and animal pelts in isle 2. :Big Laugh
     
  10. Sign_Boy

    Sign_Boy Major Contributor

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    Masshole, Hello back at you from NJ
     
  11. The Big Squeegee

    The Big Squeegee Major Contributor

    Welcome from Oklahoma!
     
  12. threeputt

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    Welcome from the Pacific Northwest. Yeah, plain flannel shirts and double bit axes! At least that's what some people conjure up when they thing of our area.

    Seriously, though, you need a laminator. Don't get a heated one. Just the cold variety. It's great. It makes the print so much thicker it's ten times easier to handle. We throw 4x8's on substrate every day. Wham! Just did a 4'x10 and 3'x15. One piece. Wham! And of course, the lam improves the life of the print majorly.

    Right now I'm running several 3'x4's so the guys can throw them on Dibond in the morning. The 54 will make you nice money if you can keep the jobs coming to "feed" it. Ka-ching!
     
  13. mladams7259

    mladams7259 Very Active Member

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    Welcome Aboard MASSHOLE!
     
  14. Signguyno1

    Signguyno1 Active Member

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    :Welcome: Welcome Fletch, Masshole?
    From another Massachusetts signguy.

    Or should I say from the land of same sex marriages and liberal democrats! Is there any difference between the two?
     
  15. Ken

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    HI Fletch. welcome from BC.
    Lamination is necessary on a vehicle application. Smaller jobs may be hand laminated. A stationary sign should be OK without a lam. The UV lam will likely give you an extra year of service on a printed sign , but I would not warrantee that.
    Cheers!
    Ken
     
  16. threeputt

    threeputt Very Active Member

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    Ken, only a year? Is that statistical, or from your experience? We've only been printing 18 months so we can't know about sign life from personal experience yet. But I've sort of been saying the laminate adds 2-3 years.

    Not so?
     
  17. JHM

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    Welcome from KY..............
     
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    Welcome from AZ,
     
  19. Mason

    Mason Very Active Member

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    Welcome from Mass, where are you in the great liberal state?
     
  20. Gino

    Gino Premium Subscriber

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    Welcome from PA............
     
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